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Old 03-10-2009, 01:14:06 AM
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Occasionally I have not had proper welding rod on hand for plain steel welding and have used a coat hanger as a rod. Is this okay or a bad idea? So far I have used it on fairly low stress items like car exhaust pipe repair.
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Old 03-10-2009, 08:09:26 AM
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Default Re: Coat hangers as welding rod

Never heard of that.But I suppose if you needed to get your exhaust put together it would work.I don't think it would hold up under any stresses,and you must get alot of spatter with no sheilding on the rod??Let's see what others have to say!!
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I have used coat hangers for several years as my primary steel filler rod for oxy-acet welding. The best hangers are the ones from the uniform companies. The anti-rust coating is very thin on those hangers. The coating is thin enough not to interfere with the quality of the weld, yet thick enough to be effective as a rust inhibitor. If you try to use a plain steel hanger with no coating, even the slightest amount of rust will bugger up you weld. I usually cut the hook off and straighten a bunch at a time and keep them right in the tube with by brazing rods. I've used them for many different jobs with great results. It would be interesting if someone would perform a tensile test on to see how it stands up to "store bought" filler.

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Default Re: Coat hangers as welding rod

Thats one of the oldest tricks in the book. I've used them for years without any problems.
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Default Re: Coat Hangers as Welding Rod

I will not say it won't work as I expect we all have done it. The problem is that you have no idea about the quality or strength of the steel in the hanger. It could be wonderful or it could be s**t. For an exhaust pipe, yes. For a steering linkage, no.

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Default Re: Coat Hangers as Welding Rod

I worked at a body and fender shop when I was in high school (1968). The fellow there said they were the best for welding the parts back on. Of course he was using ox /acetylene torch. Hadn't invented mig yet.
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Default Re: Coat Hangers as Welding Rod

I've used them for years, I don't do it often enough to keep good clean rod around so the old coat hanger fills the bill..

As far as what to use it on and what not to.. thats the other part of the job..

If you weld the steering arm back on your kids lifted 4x4 pickup you BETTER know more than us who do gas welding now and then.

At one time the policy at work for steam pipe was a gas weld root pass before the arc welders began to fill and cover
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Default Re: Coat Hangers as Welding Rod

Thanks for that input! I did forget to mention that this was oxyacetylene welding, but you folks figured that out.
I am only considering non-critical welding like exhaust, shrouds, fenders and the like. I wasn't aware of the concern about rust on the filler rod, as a lot of my welding is on rusty stuff, especially the exhaust pipes. But the coat hangers I have used were not rusty.
When MIG welding the rust really wreaks havoc.
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Ben Hadd, eat 'yer heart out!
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Default Re: Coat Hangers as Welding Rod

You can't beat hangers for aluminized exhaust parts.
As for welding ANY steering thing......we USED to with no second thoughts.....(NOT with coat hanger by the way)
Not any more.......
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Default Re: Coat Hangers as Welding Rod

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Ben Hadd, eat 'yer heart out!
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Ha! Mike, you had the same thought as me. I'd say coat hangers are just fine. Ol' Ben does all his 0-0 Stamp boiler repair with 'em. Nobody's ever lived to complain about the work either.
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This is an old practice that - years ago coat hangers were made out of a much higher grade steel than now, now they have a lot more impurities.
Welding rusty exhaust pipes with coat hangers would work just a little harder. - Yes I have done it,and will do it again if necessary.
Gas welding rod (I have not bought any for couple of years) was pretty cheap,and you will find that 1/16 inch will Work better than the larger Dia. coat hanger or welding rod- it is closer to the thickness of what you are welding- also less impurities to work out
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Coat hanger works. I wouldn't use it for anything I give a s--- about though. If I had any welding rod around at all, I wouldn't even think about using the coat hanger. Welding rod is so cheap that it's not even worth the effort of messing with the coat hangers and settling for a substandard weld unless its an emergency.
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Default Re: Coat Hangers as Welding Rod

I'm surprised no one mentioned bailing wire. Everybody I know uses it for exhaust, sheet metal and other light duty jobs. The wire seems to work better after being run through the bailer, wipes off some of the excess protective coating.
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Well I figured this wasn't worth a new thread so I'll dump it here.

Not quite coat hangers but I use the strips out of used windshield wiper blades for cheap TIG filler rod.
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I had one of those rods from a windshield wiper blade stuck all the way through my hand!
I was changing blades, sliding the old one out and it got caught on something. I was in a hurry and decided to keep pulling and force it out. The rubber stretched out then it broke free, I thought the rubber just slapped me on the hand, it did not really hurt. I could not believe it when I looked down and saw the rod stuck all the way through my hand!
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Default Re: Coat Hangers as Welding Rod

fast getting to a point you can't even find metal coat hangers. I try to get them from folks cleaning out older folks homes and stuff that have the old 1's.
I don't use them for welding but perfer them in the closet with my clothes hanging on them. As much as they flex under the load I put on them i would say they must be purty strong metal.
Alot of stuff was welded with coat hanger on my grandpals farm. that is what was handy. Made Grandmal cuss but she got over it.
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Friend was racing down in Mexico a few years back and tore a suspension part in half, kept going but at a slower speed. Going thru a small village at night she spotted a guy that had built a multi story home out of school buses and figured he knew how to weld. She managed to call him down from the top floor of his mansion and although neither spoke the others language the broken part was obvious, he drug out a set of tanks and welded the part together with coat hangers. She finished the race that night, then totaled the car the next day.
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Early 50's 1/4 mi. Stock cars on a shoe string diet, gas and hangers equaled many crash/nerf bars. I am sure many drag links too.
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I've welded a many a door on a dirt stock car with coat hangers, as well as exhaust headers, and similar things. Always worked great for me.
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