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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 1:43 pm    Post subject: How would u fix this? Reply with quote

My employee swiped the legs out from below a clients yard art. She wants it fixed. Isnt real picky about how but wants it back in the yard by jobs end. Itís some cheap ass brass alloy from China. Local welder said no luck. Another guy quoted me $600. Iím considering some repair involving jb weld. Not even sure thatís gonna work. Whadayathink?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 1:50 pm    Post subject: Re: How would u fix this? Reply with quote

2 part putty epoxy and mix some paint to blend the joint. Reinforce the tube with wood dowels going all the way from the legs to the body.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 2:07 pm    Post subject: Re: How would u fix this? Reply with quote

Step one- take 100 pics of that thing because your client is the type to say, "You know that bill looks a little more closed than it did before..."
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 2:19 pm    Post subject: Re: How would u fix this? Reply with quote

I like the wooden pegs idea, but what happens if they fail from a hit and that thing lands on Fido! you will have even more problems!

It looks like the leg cavity opening is about a 1/2 inch. I would measure it, then buy a brass rod from a metal supplier or Amazon ($10 a piece). Insert each rod into the body and braze it in place. or epoxy them with a high end one. Then set the new rods into the legs using the same "adhesive" method or brazing. if brazing or adhesives are a no go. You can always drill a hole through the structure and the rod at the stubs and pin it with a 1/8" stainless steel rod. Like a mortised and pined wood joint!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 2:43 pm    Post subject: Re: How would u fix this? Reply with quote

To explore Jim's idea a little more.....
If the leg openings as well as the holes on it's belly are somewhat round and have thick enough walls tap them for pipe thread and screw the legs on with a close pipe nipple.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:04 pm    Post subject: Re: How would u fix this? Reply with quote

how about that fake weld stuff? I repaired a rear view mirror arm with it, the kind you use a torch with.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 3:14 pm    Post subject: Re: How would u fix this? Reply with quote

this type stuff

https://www.harborfreight.com/8-piece-low-temperature-aluminum-welding-rods-44810.html
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 4:02 pm    Post subject: Re: How would u fix this? Reply with quote

I had a similar idea using rebar. Jb weld some rebar in the bottom piece. Let it dry. Fill 8Ē deep end sections of top piece with jb weld and mate the two before the top section is dried. Prepare to do some aesthetics work once itís solid.

Sounds similar but w wood dowels. Rebar is plentiful in my work so scrapping up 2x6Ē long pieces of no 4 is not a problem.

I appreciate yíall validating my initial approach. Iíll post w my success/ failure.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 4:17 pm    Post subject: Re: How would u fix this? Reply with quote

Here is what I would do:

1. Mark where the legs would attach to the underside on the bird.
2. Drill the underside on the marks and install to rivet nuts (nutserts, blind threaded nuts, whatever itís called in your neck of the woods).
3. Plug the holes in the legs by hammering in some pressure treated wood. Go a couple of inches deep in the hollow leg. Cut the wood insert flush with the top of the legs.
4. Take a bolt that would fit the rivet nut, a couple inches long and cut its head off. Now you have a threaded nut that fits the rivet nut.
5. Drill a hole in the wood plug in the leg and thread in on end of the threaded rod you made by cutting the bolt head.
6. Now you have a leg with a bolt sticking out of it. Thread it in the rivet nut attached to the underside of the body. Done.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 5:55 pm    Post subject: Re: How would u fix this? Reply with quote

Maybe stuff whatever size brass(if that's even the material), down the legs, and then braise the outside to the inner?

How expensive is an entire replacement bird?

Just an idea. I haven't any experience in that sort of thing.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2021 7:49 pm    Post subject: Re: How would u fix this? Reply with quote

I cant see a picture but need to know what this giant bird is.

But maybe give the bird a wheel chair if it aint got no legs
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2021 5:37 am    Post subject: Re: How would u fix this? Reply with quote

Cannot see picture either, why did your employee steal the legs from the art?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:57 am    Post subject: Re: How would u fix this? Reply with quote

Non-VW photo was removed from the gallery so it went dead

Post it on imgur.com or somewhere
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2021 12:36 pm    Post subject: Re: How would u fix this? Reply with quote

I guess we will never know.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2021 5:41 pm    Post subject: Re: How would u fix this? Reply with quote

Never seen a bronze flamingo, Iíd go ahead and shoot it pink.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:21 pm    Post subject: Re: How would u fix this? Reply with quote

Zundfolge1432 wrote:
Never seen a bronze flamingo, Iíd go ahead and shoot it pink.


Curiosity got the better of me... Apparently a bronze (sadly not pink) can be had for a measley $1300.

https://www.houzz.com/pvp/flamingo-looking-back-br...koQAvD_BwE
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:33 pm    Post subject: Re: How would u fix this? Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 4:12 am    Post subject: Re: How would u fix this? Reply with quote

Erik G, excellent video, thanks for posting this and the link for the rods. I'm impressed this was done with low temp rods without damaging the project. I've never tried it and she sure made it look easy. I guess I'll keep what I break now. Erik G, can you post your work.

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how about that fake weld stuff? I repaired a rear view mirror arm with it, the kind you use a torch with.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 5:18 am    Post subject: Re: How would u fix this? Reply with quote

Have client fix it to her satisfaction and send you bill. Thatís ends the cycle of dis( re) pair.

Sit down with employee and discuss who is paying what share to mutual satisfaction.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:35 am    Post subject: Re: How would u fix this? Reply with quote

Is it legal to expect my employee to pay for a share of this? Id be more than happy to see this happen. This guy has been on a tare lately. He should be feeling some of this in his wallet. Maybe feeling the pain would end his carelessness.
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