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  • #16
    I have a good in depth inventory of thermal setting duct tape that works well for joining grinding belts among people who can follow instructions. It also works well for patching Carharts in the field.
    Pretty sure Duct tape came out around 1950 and is older than most of the members here.

    Far as WD-40 is concerned, I gotta try some as a toilet bowl cleaner. I saw on the Inturdnet that it works in that application. doG knows it don't work for much else and has the penetrant properties of mayonnaise.

    I'm good with JB, I actually compared the specks with Devcon and JB wins.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Franz© View Post
      Could go SMIG or SSIG in the case of poor fitup too.
      Id use SMAWTIG or GTMSMAW myself.
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      • #18
        Originally posted by ryanjones2150 View Post
        What kind of rails?
        What metal are these rails going to be made out of?
        How thick will that metal be?

        Goodness, Candy, give us some details would ya?
        Rail, I have a few tracks. have to be welded together one by one.

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        • #19
          So, you're talking about full size railroad track? What is it going to be used for? Not running trains on, I hope....

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          • #20
            Originally posted by candy View Post

            Rail, I have a few tracks. have to be welded together one by one.
            Dude......
            You are a real serious wealth of information.
            As soon as I formulate my hypothesis I will report back.
            Meanwhile I believe Mac answered your question correctly, although I am too lazy to go back and check.

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            • #21
              You are correct, Mac answered in fully three words...as they say, he's a man of many....

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              • #22
                Mac knows his rails. He also knows leaky concrete dams and big ponds partly full of water, and his wife can answer electrical questions.
                Mac is a virtual encyclopedia.

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                • #23
                  Would he be Maclopedia or an encycloMac?

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                  • #24
                    If your contemplating welding rail road track with stick, forget it. It will crack again in short order especially if it’s still being used. The rail road companies don’t stick weld track, for a good reason. There’s too much carbon in this steel.
                    Thermite welding is the way to weld rail track successfully.
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                    • #25
                      I think these guys are using NeverLast machines with HorribleFright consumables.
                      Good video
                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNjosF789X4

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                      • #26
                        A miniature blast furnace.

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                        • #27
                          Chiminia patio heater in your part of the country when it comes to the single use ceramic pots. If you could work a deal with the track crew to handle the pots carefully after use you could sit in front of the firehouse selling them as recycled patio heaters. Recycled would qualify you as a EnviroHero to the green folks.

                          Just one little hint, DON'T squirt wet stuff from the hose thingy onto a red hot ceramic pot. The pot will become a self cauterizing claymore and it may hurt you.

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                          • #28
                            Depending on what you plan on doing to and with your RR track, this rod might be what you're needing. RRs used to use gas welding to build up switch points, rail end chips, and frogs. https://www.rrtoolsnsolutions.com/we...eldingRods.asp

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                            • #29
                              A five second google search turns up all sorts of welding rods and methods for railroad tracks. Who'd have thunk the google was so smart.

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                              • #30
                                On an Amtrak run from DC to Boston, I saw some guys thermite welding track. It's a badass process.

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