Excavator Bucket Repair

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The wear plates on this bucket were obviously worn.  The way the wear bars were installed from the factory was not the best way.  When the bars are installed parallel with the flow of the material they do not protect bucket well.

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We removed the damaged wear bars and installed new wear bars perpendicular to the flow of material.  The reason this configuration is better is the dirt (in this case) will get caught between the the bars and protect the bucket bottom.  The material then is wearing against the hardened wear bars and dirt.

Pipe Fabrication

A wye we fabricated in our shop

We could do this kind of work all day, we really enjoy working with pipe.

Pipe fabrication takes a different set of skills than structural fabrication and we thrive in the challenge.

A couple of wyes and a spool

We welded the pipe using a dual shield wire – E71T-1 – one of the easiest wires to use in a shop setting.  It is termed “dual shield” because it uses both a shielding gas and flux which is inside the tubular wire.

Structural Steel Erecting in Sacramento

Some of you may guess the small building we are working on.  I’ll give you a hint – you can see the color of the joist used for this auto parts store.

Dan and Karl shook the deck out and tacked down in one day.

We came back about 1-1/2 months after we finished the deck to install these two awnings.

 

Welding on a Lattice Cell Tower

The rusted looking areas are the locations we need to weld

This is the base of one of the legs of a three legged tower we worked on in May, 2012.  This tower is in Fortuna, CA just south of Eureka.  The weather was very nice for working when I was there, overcast and cool.  However, when Dan was there they couldn’t work one of the days due to rain and wind.  All the welding was done using flux core wire, E70T-8.

 

Aluminum Bar Stool Repair

A local high end outdoor living retail store contacted us about repairing a piece of furniture they sold a couple of years ago.  The manufacture would not warranty the piece any more.

Aluminum bar stool pieces

The aluminum bar stool came to us in four pieces.

Aluminum Bar Stool in one piece

We were able to put it back together for less then half the cost of a new piece.

This opened the door to a new customer, the outdoor furniture store has since sent us a couple of other small aluminum repair projects.  This is the way we grow, satisfying one customer at a time.

Cell Tower Modification in Modesto

On this cell tower we added 12 gussets to the base plate of the tower and reinforced the port holes.

This was the easy side to get to

The gussets are about 6″ wide at the base and approximately 14″ tall.

I had to make like a mole to get in this hole

Sometimes half the battle is getting to where you need to be and then to see the joint that needs to be welded.

 

Trash Enclosure Gate Repair

They say a picture is worth 1000 words so, I don’t think I need to add much to it.

We took the damaged gates and disposed of them at the metal recycler.

These replacement gates were fabricated in our shop then installed.

Bronze place marker repaired

We do quite a bit of work for a local cemetery, from working on their trailers to mowers.  This is a bronze place marker for one of the graves.  While mowing the lawns they drive over these place markers and eventually break off the bolt attachment.

all threads welded back on bronze place marker

Typically the heat from the welding would discolor the top side.  We remedy that by using several wet rags as a heat sink and put small stitch welds a little at a time on each all thread in rotation.

We used an aluminum bronze welding wire .035 diameter and straight Argon as the shielding gas.

Water Tower Repair

We were called out by a Fire Prevention Company to repair some holes in a water tower.  Interestingly enough, they found us on the Google search.

They didn’t want a sprinkler tank any more

Several of the holes Dan was able to patch using one patch, however there were many which required one hole one patch.

several patches

It is always nice to work for a new company and have the opportunity to build a new relationship.  Once they put some paint on this tank it would be difficult to see the repairs without standing right next to it.

Dan used E6010 welding rod which is used in many different applications including gas line and water lines.  It is a nice rod to use when welding on thin material.  The patches are  10 gauge sheet metal which is the approximate thickness of the tank walls.  10 gauge is nearly as thick as 1/8 inch.

Stake side replacement

A local delivery company did not like the usability of the stake sides on their flat beds.

Typical stake sides on flat bed

They had several concerns –

1.  With use the panels became out of square and so were difficult to take out and  put back in

2.  Loss of panels when they were miss placed

3.  Damage to panels when they were not removed and placed carefully in stacks

4.  Sometimes the panels would only fit in one location which at times made it difficult to put the panels back in if they didn’t remember where each came from.

We feel they now have a system which remedies these concerns

Hinged trailer side panels in the up and locked position

This is a 48 foot flat bed trailer, it has a total of 12 – 4’x8′ hinged panels on the sides.

Hinged Side Panel in the down position

Each Panel can be taken down individually

Close up of safety pin and sleeve welded into trailer rail, two of which are on each side panel

Each panel has the typical slide lock at the top corners but also has two safety pins at the bottom.  This allows the driver to unlock the panel at the top with out fear that the panel will swing down on its own.