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  • Jack Mounting Base Repair

    This welding project was to repair the cracked welds, which attached jack mounting base to the tubular frame of a boat trailer.

    1. Steve's 27' boat
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    2. Welding site
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    I used garbage cans and a portable shade to block the wind.

    3. Garbage cans and shade for wind block
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    The crack on the bottom was due to the moment loading due to the offset jack post. At first, I thought that the crack on the top was due to cold lap, but I should have known better. Rarely do cold lap joints occur on the end of a weld once everything heats up. It turns out the crack was a combination of shrinkage stress around the end of the weld combined with the moment load due to the offset jack post. As the crack propagated on the bottom of the weld, the length of weld supporting the load diminished so the stress due to the moment load increased on the top. It turns out that the crack goes all the way through the tube.

    4. Left side of jack pad
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    5. Right side of jack pad
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    Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
    Miller Dynasty 200DX
    Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
    Lincoln LE 31 MP
    Lincoln 210 MP
    Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
    16" DoAll Saw
    15" Drill Press
    7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
    20 Ton Arbor Press
    Bridgeport

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    6. Weld ground off
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    I made several weld passes on the left side because the bracket plate itself had a small crack in it. I noticed it when I was welding it because one side was bright red and the other side was black.

    7. Left side welded
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    8. Right side welded
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    After welding I primed the welded area. This brought out the crack almost like dye penetrant.

    9. Left side crack after priming
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    10. Right side crack after priming
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    Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
    Miller Dynasty 200DX
    Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
    Lincoln LE 31 MP
    Lincoln 210 MP
    Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
    16" DoAll Saw
    15" Drill Press
    7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
    20 Ton Arbor Press
    Bridgeport

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    • #3
      I grooved out the crack but I avoided grinding all the way through the tube, because I was concerned with drawing rust from the inside of the tube into the weld and contaminating it.

      11. Left side grooved
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      12. Right side grooved
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      13. Groove weld left side
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      14. Groove weld right side
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      15. Left side painted
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      Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
      Miller Dynasty 200DX
      Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
      Lincoln LE 31 MP
      Lincoln 210 MP
      Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
      16" DoAll Saw
      15" Drill Press
      7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
      20 Ton Arbor Press
      Bridgeport

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      • #4

        16. Right side painted
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        -Don
        Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
        Miller Dynasty 200DX
        Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
        Lincoln LE 31 MP
        Lincoln 210 MP
        Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
        16" DoAll Saw
        15" Drill Press
        7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
        20 Ton Arbor Press
        Bridgeport

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        • #5
          Looks wonderful. Some post finish blending along the edges does help some for future cracks but I bet with the bigger footprint it be dandy. Don,,,, I have about a day wire feeding to do,,, feel free to swing by and weld it out.

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