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Old 02-01-2015, 02:52 AM
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Absolutely beautiful work, Brian. Thanks for sharing this.


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Old 02-01-2015, 03:26 AM
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Outstanding work, Brian! You're helping make your part of the world safer and certainly more aesthetic! I really like the faux wood railing--cool!
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Very nice! How long have you been at it?
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Old 02-01-2015, 08:25 AM
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Very nice work, Your handle should be " The rail man"
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Old 02-01-2015, 02:02 PM
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Very nice! How long have you been at it?
started at current shop in 2001 and switched to welding/fabrication career. Before this I was in retail/ management (department manager in grocery store). Talk about a change of pace. Sometimes I miss the stores, usually when I have to go outside this time of year and install steel, or welding in the rain! That can be a shocking expierence!
I guess I was destined for this work. I used to take broken shopping carts home and weld them up and charge the store a fraction of what it should have been.

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Cable rail that I finally got installed today. Should have been done about three months ago. But that is another story. :-)
The sad part is that the powder coat job was not very good, but had to install it anyways. And the customer is questioning the color as it is not what she expected. Figure I will be uninstalling and doing something different next year sometime,

I was happy that I was able to get the top rail pretty straight. The wood stringer that it mounts too had about a 1/4" sag in the middle, so all the legs are a different length.

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Good job checking the difference in where the posts landed. A dippy rail looks bad...

This one looks great! I remember you mentioned it a while back.
Too bad the cable tensioners didn't hide better...but it does look good. .
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What was she expecting? Lighter, darker, different hue?
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Old 12-18-2016, 07:15 AM
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What was she expecting? Lighter, darker, different hue?
She wanted something to match the chrome on the kitchen faucet I guess. The powder coater had something call Chromezone and the boss picked that. I still didn't think that was very close, and the actual rail does not seem to match the color sample. Not very shiny.

I asked about sending the rail out to be chromed. I don't know if it can being aluminum and so big. One other option would be to strip the powder coat and buff the aluminum to mirror finish. Would have been easier to do that before welding together. Sometimes I just do not get my boss's reasoning. :-). I just have to keep telling myself, 'mine is not to question why, it is to do or die.' I get paid by the hour any way. (Although I hate having that attitude)

I was thinking about testing a spray can of chrome bumper spray and see how close that is. The powder coat job had several bad spots as usual. I actually had a 1/4" piece come right off at a screw mount. Did not bond at all to the primer? And the top had some runs and Pitts.

I am also think about coming up with a mounting holder for the next time we send something out. Where ever they hang the rails, there is always a bad spot where the wire is. Maybe drill and tap the base plates in a hidden spot and thread in a bolt with a ring welded to it. I need to try to make the painters job easier so they do not ruin the finish product with a bad job I guess.

Thinking about the top rail that they had problems with, wondering if it might because I forgot to vent the tube into the leg tubes? Will have to remember to vent everything from now on to be sure. And hopefully, will not send anything more out to be powdercoated!

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Old 12-18-2016, 07:20 AM
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Thinking some more about the top rail tube. If it was not vented, when they hear it in the oven to cure the powder coating, I guess it could expand more being sealed and break the powder coating? Does this sound like a likely reason? I guess they redid it twice and still had the same problem. Brian
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