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Old 10-25-2012, 02:45 AM   #1
Jun 2011
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making a brutus 10 build and having some trouble with the welds for the gas lines. a friend of mine and I built it and he did the welds but upon testing them all of the welds for the back "gas" pipe and the couplers that got welded in all leak.
How hard is it to make air tight welds? Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:19 AM   #2
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Those welds don't look great. A good welder can make it air tight.

This is why this should not be tried. It is very dangerous when dealing with gas leaks and such. My suggestion is to just rig up some black pipe and be done with it.
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:33 AM   #3
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I don't think it is that hard. The welds shown are kind of standing on top of the metal. Not enough heat and or wire speed for good penetration. the grey colored welds also look porous= tiny little holes=sometimes caused by the gun tip not held close enought to the weld=little shielding gas. Welding straight lines on a stand is a lot easier than going around a circle.

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Old 10-25-2012, 04:46 AM   #4
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Take it to a shop and get the gas pipe welds fixed by a pro. A TIG torch could easily melt those low heat welds into gas tight beads. Running another wire feed bead over that one is likely to be a disaster.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:16 PM   #5
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Make sure to test and retest that your manifold is airtight before you use gas. Compressed air and windex work well for this.

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Old 10-25-2012, 07:33 PM   #6
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Thx for the replies. I know this is possible as I've seen it done successfully but was just curious if anyone had similar issues.
Used my compressor and soapy water to test everything so safety was and is a priority obviously

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Old 10-25-2012, 10:56 PM   #7
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That right there is an example of really bad welding.

I'd definitely find someone who knows what they're actually doing if you're determined to have gas running through your frame...


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Old 10-26-2012, 01:06 AM   #8
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My cousin is a professional welder and tig welded the hell out of mine and it wouldn't hold pressure. Go with the black iron pipe across the back and be done and get brewing be safe.

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Old 10-26-2012, 02:52 PM   #9
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for those who didn't do the welds, how do you attach the gas pipeline or the T fittings to the frame?
thinking that I may go that route instead.

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Old 10-26-2012, 03:20 PM   #10
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I used pipe hangers, drilled and tapped the holes on the backside of my stand and just bolted them down. I made my stand out of 2x2 steel 3/16" thick so I could drill and tap into it and have enough material to give me enough threads.

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