[TowerTalk] Tack welding rebar

Patrick Greenlee patrick_g at windstream.net
Fri Jan 3 21:35:57 EST 2014

Maybe the majority would have to lug lots of heavy gear but I have a plasma 
cutter, 180 amp Mig, AC/DC stick welder, grinder, vise, O-A bottles, 
Argon-CO2 bottle, 14 inch cutoff saw, and on and on and on all on my single 
axle welding trailer which is not hard to hitch up and get close to just 
about anywhere on the ranch including antenna farm endeavors. I don't think 
I am unique.

Point 2:  wire tied cages of rebar are not nearly as robust as welded.  It 
is darned inconvenient to have rebar messed up under the forces involved in 
pouring concrete.  Dimensional tolerances are much easier to maintain with 
weldments.  Wire tied rebar is a very good thing with flat work like slabs, 
aprons, patios, sidewalks, and the like but more 3 dimensional work is 
sometimes approached easier and with more confidence with at least some 
welding.  Must you weld? NO, but if you can it is sometimes better for any 
of several reasons.

Patrick NJ5G

-----Original Message----- 
From: Ro Grrr
Sent: Friday, January 03, 2014 7:02 PM
To: towertalk at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tack welding rebar

Re: Tack welding rebar

With all the discussions of how to put up antennas and towers EASIER, I 
can't get over how many of you are so dead set on hauling out all that 
heavy, expensive and hard to use equipment to weld the rebar. Also someone 
mentioned the unknown content of the melt (which I mentioned initially) he 
mentioned bed frames. I don't know if any of you have tried to make anything 
out of bed frames but when you drill it, some holes are easy to drill and 
others dull your drill bits very quickly.  Whenever I have to put a hole in 
it, I use a carbide milling cutter in my Bridgeport milling machine !

Bottom line, go the easy route and get some rebar wire ties and twist the 
stuff together. Save time and effort.

aka RoGrrr


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