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Forum topic by mikeH posted 08-09-2010 12:07 AM 1938 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-09-2010 12:07 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question refurbishing

I was at a tractor show today and at the flea market I found a leg vise. For $10 I could not pass up. after getting it home and a little better inspection I noticed that some of the cracks were a little deeper than I thought

here you can see some of the cracks. I am wondering how I can fix the cracks and still have a useable piece.
Any suggestions would be good

-- mjhaines

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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 08-09-2010 07:05 AM

The only things I would add:

Use a thickened epoxy. I like System Three Gel Magic. It also comes in a really cool caulking tube that measures out the proper proportions. You can also add fumed silica but it is a mess and you will have to buy more than you need unless you are going to be doing more epoxy work.

After you get it filled, tightly wrap the screw with a couple layers of cling wrap and run it all the way the length of the screw through the threads a few times to make sure you don’t have any epoxy filling them and then when the epoxy is green, do it again. Epoxy is green after it has set and not tacky and is still kind of soft and gummy. Use the entire length of the screw when running it through because there will be uneven wear on the screw. Follow that with a good hard rubbing inside the threads to remove any lumps. It will save you a lot of headaches and time trying to clean out the threads. Don’t leave the screw in while the epoxy cures. It will get stuck. It will be smaller near the head of the screw because it will have more wear there.

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#2 posted 08-19-2010 12:59 AM

Well? How did it come out? What did you use after all?

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