noddybrian wrote:It's a shame when people don't appreciate the effort & attention to detail involved in repairs such as yours - at least you get professional pride in a job well done - funny on the rods - over here nickel has been used for as long as I can remember & is easy to get & not too expensive - aluminum bronze is unheard of - last time I asked I got " that look " much like when I asked when 4943 might be available ! give it another 10 years or so people may have heard of it - we always seem a long way behind on welding related things.
I should be more specific - the stick welding rods, nickel 99 and 55, are easily found at the local hardware store.
They are common enough that they're sitting on the open shelf so a person can buy a handful by the pound like the other rods.
Some people have said that knocking off the flux makes them a tig rod - but I have no first-hand experience with that, so I decided against trying it for a customer project.
Alum.Bronze tig rod was listed to work so I figured that way was the safest route.
Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. ~George Bernard Shaw~
Airco 300 - Syncro 350
Thermal Arc 161 and 300
Tried being normal once, didn't take....I think it was a Tuesday.