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    a guy came to me with an old pipe wrench that he says is his grandpa's. It has a through crack in it by the thumb adjustment wheel. I believe it is cast iron. Does anyone have any advice on how to fix this?

    thanks in advance

  • #2
    It will be safer and cheeper to buy another one and liability free.

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    • #3
      its cast steel

      i have had good luck with that kind of stuff with 312 stainless, pre and post heat. as just stated tell him to buy a new one it isnt worth the exposure for that kind of small money

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      • #4
        If you want to fix it just to look pretty just weld it with a mig. I welded 2 handles together 10 years ago for my everyday carry wrench at work...Bob
        Bob Wright

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        • #5
          Originally posted by stretch View Post
          a guy came to me with an old pipe wrench that he says is his grandpa's. It has a through crack in it by the thumb adjustment wheel. I believe it is cast iron. Does anyone have any advice on how to fix this?

          thanks in advance
          Post us a pic and that will help us a lot

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          • #6
            I believe they are forged steel not cast iron, As such you can use any process that pleases you. Make sure it is just for decorative purposes though. BTW, steel pipe wrenches are dirt cheap, tell him to buy a new one for work.

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            • #7
              you are correct, they are forged, not cast, at least the good ones are

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              • #8
                Originally posted by stretch View Post
                a guy came to me with an old pipe wrench that he says is his grandpa's. It has a through crack in it by the thumb adjustment wheel. I believe it is cast iron. Does anyone have any advice on how to fix this?

                thanks in advance
                Why fix it.? That's the way Grandpa left it. What's important.........Grandpa's wrench or whether you can weld it? If it belonged to my passed father, I wouldn't touch it.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by monte55 View Post
                  Why fix it.? That's the way Grandpa left it. What's important.........Grandpa's wrench or whether you can weld it? If it belonged to my passed father, I wouldn't touch it.
                  Nick
                  I would be just the opposite....I would fix it and use it and remember Grandpa every time I used it. I have a lot of handed down tools and will hand down mine as well.
                  I bet if you scored your grandpa's WELDER you would fix THAT!!!!
                  I score all righteous tools from family I can lay my breadhooks on

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                  • #10
                    sorry it took so long for a responce. my internet was down. I told the guy to buy another one but he said he wanted it fixed. I will try to post some pics.

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                    • #11
                      If it's a Rigid or Reed they should replace the casting, they're supposed to be warranted for life.
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                      • #12
                        here are some pics hope this helps




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