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Old 03-12-2009, 12:07 AM   #1
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I have two 30qt pots that I dropped off at the welder a couple days ago. I got a call today telling me that they're to thin to weld in couplers(he tried one and it slipped/leaked?) so I'm not sure what to do.The holes are just a hare bigger than an inch to fit the 1/2" coupler, so do I just create a larger diameter "bulkhead" fitting and reduce it back to 1/2"for the ball valves/fittings? Suggestions for parts-types of o-rings would be appreciated. The pots were only $50 a piece but wasn't exactly looking to head to the scrapyard with them. Lesson learned: show your welder your equipment before drilling holes for couplings. Thanks.

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Old 03-12-2009, 01:49 AM   #2
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Find another welder

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Old 03-12-2009, 01:57 AM   #3
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as stated find anothger welder.

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Old 03-12-2009, 03:12 AM   #4
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I also agree, with the right welding setup you should be able to weld anything. Find another welder.

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If they are stainless steel the holes need to be very close to the coupler size. If they are sloppy or too big, good luck finding another welder.

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Old 03-12-2009, 01:11 PM   #6
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Trust me it can be welded. Pat

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Old 03-12-2009, 02:17 PM   #7
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Go weldless?

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Another option would be to silver solder fittings in. With a 1" hole, you you could use a 3/4" MPT to 1/2" FPT bushing. In a thin pot, you should be able to thread the bushing right into the hole if it's a nice tight fit. A kit of liquid flux and solder should be under $10 and enough to do a few bulkheads.

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Find a real welder. I used to work with guys that said "if you can step across a crack you can weld across it".

Really, a competant welder with the right rig can weld anything short of tin foil.

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Find a real welder. I used to work with guys that said "if you can step across a crack you can weld across it".

Really, a competant welder with the right rig can weld anything short of tin foil.
You can weld tin foil with a tig welder I have a dvd that shows you how.
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