Broken Fork on Forklift

A Front Loader Fork lift had a broken fork.  Some folks say they don’t have much luck with welding the fork on  a forklift back together.  I do my best to not depend on “luck” to determine what I can or cannot do.  There is a specific procedure to weld these together.  First you must make certain the forks are parellel and they are lined up right.

Then preheat the forks to ensure the weld does not cool down too quickly as the forks are being welded.  It is critical that the filler rod is tougher than E7018 because the forks are typically a medium carbon steel and tougher than mild steel, I used E10018.

Here I used the back of my truck to align the forks, as if the truck needed the additional weight on it, it held up alright.

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Cell Phone Tower Modification

I received a call I was hoping to receive, this company needed a certified welder to modify a cell tower here in Fair Oaks, CA.  I believe this is a great fit for my company and am hoping to be able to take care of all the cell tower modifications for this company.

There are several critical elements to modifying a Cell Tower.  Safety is of utmost concern.  The threat that fire is to the cables is always in the front of our mind.  It is critical there be  a fire watch and we had to provide a 500 gallon water trailer on site.  Next the galvanizing must be removed at every weld location.

The galvanizing on this pole was approximately 1/16″ thick.  We had to grind approximately 400 lineal inches by 2″ wide on this pole for the plates that needed to be welded on.

Two of the six gussets we welded on.

The vertical plate shown here with the holes in it is typical of 3 plates on this pole.  They are 10′ tall by 9″ wide.  We drilled 17 1-1/4″ holes in each then mounted them and drilled thru the tower at each location.   Also you can see how close the cables are to the weld locations.

Four of the six fire extinguishers required to be on site.