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Old 02-09-2009, 06:12 AM   #1
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So I'm no welder, and was wondering how everyone had their single or 3 tier rig frames built. Any suggestions?


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Old 02-09-2009, 06:22 AM   #2
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All my equipment frames are made out of extruded aluminum.
No welding required, just nuts and bolts.

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Old 02-09-2009, 08:28 AM   #3
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Quote:
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All my equipment frames are made out of extruded aluminum.
No welding required, just nuts and bolts.

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Extruded aluminum Tig welds easy.
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:37 PM   #4
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Whatever pieces of steel they had at the salvage yard. Mostly 2-3" angle (old shelf stock from Home Depot, I think). I probably spent <$5 on materials. It's welded, though. I don't think I'd try to bolt it together.
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Old 02-09-2009, 01:49 PM   #5
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I saw a really nice 3 tier system this weekend from 1x1" square aluminum tubing. The keggle supports were welded, however the rest was bolted with lock washers. The owner brewed on it for 4+ years and never had to re-tighten any bolts. My stand is going to be completely welded, however I have access to welding equipment and a very nice machine shop.
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Old 02-09-2009, 01:57 PM   #6
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I am in the process of building mine right now. I bought a Lincoln mig welder and a bunch of 2x2x.12 steel tubing....

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Old 02-09-2009, 02:10 PM   #7
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I learned how to MIG weld while assembling my frame. If you have a friend that has a welder I am sure he'll let you use it if you buy your own wire and fill his bottle. If you are the handyman-type and have a steady hand you can weld.

 
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Old 02-09-2009, 03:07 PM   #8
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Mine is 2X4's, plywood and cement backer-board. I used deck screws to fasten it all together. Electric brew kettle/HLT and a cooler MLT.
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Old 02-09-2009, 04:55 PM   #9
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Quote:
BrewBeemer wrote: Extruded aluminum Tig welds easy.
I have no idea how to weld so I am stuck with the special extrusion fasteners.

All bolts , and T-nuts are hidden.
The non weld approach makes modification very easy.

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Old 02-09-2009, 07:53 PM   #10
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I have no idea how to weld so I am stuck with the special extrusion fasteners.

All bolts , and T-nuts are hidden.
The non weld approach makes modification very easy.

Cheers,
ClaudiusB
So does an angle grinder with a cut-off wheel.


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