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Bike rear racks- from 2 chairs (DIY)-under a £10.00

racks for under a tenner!

Hi people, I have just had a go at making some racks & thought...by way of evidence, I should post this ASAP, as Mrs Rod York is getting rather anxious about Feb 14th ....the postman has yet to deliver my card & present.

I think she will absolutely love these though.....Im from York, called Rod and state now I have no suicidal tendencies...please send help If I fail to come back on this forum!.

its a no brainer surely...what would you prefer- hnd crafted racks made from 2 chairs or a dozen red roses



Motorcycle Rear Rack, DIY pannier rack, XT225, Cheap rack - YouTube

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Hi Rod,

Nice bit of work. Nice channel too.
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Motorcycle Rear Rack, DIY pannier rack, XT225, Cheap rack - YouTube

I need help with the link...for the love of God!
I presume you want to embed the video. You take the video specific code, in this case 3VXf9FNtJlM, click the YouTube button when you're composing your HU post (red button, white writing, with the word "Tube") and paste this code between the open and close tags. You get this :



Nice idea, using a chair!
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That's a nice Fab job considering what he used ? Who is it ?? They need to be told about wearing gloves while welding. Unless skin cancer is suddenly cool
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Thanks!

Thank you for the advice on gloves- I did not know that and rather fancy keeping my hands!

Thanks Chris for sorting out my video- I could not embed it- but with your help, now can!

Fraser- thank you!

Kato...big respect back to you(in da house)

...any other welding/video/life in general tips- gratefully received- the video alone took 06 hours & a bottle of Red!
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Can't really tell from the video but that rod looked rather thick for the tubing. The better you clean the steel the better the weld will be too. And NEVER quench in water. Always allow it to cool naturally. And keep those rods in a warm dry place. Airing cupboard etc. They're hygrosxopic (they absorb water)

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That's a nice Fab job considering what he used ? Who is it ?? They need to be told about wearing gloves while welding. Unless skin cancer is suddenly cool

Times have obviously moved on. When I did my welding evening classes at the local agricultural college in the early 90's nobody ever mentioned wearing gloves. Now you've got me worried!
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The arc off a welder radiates a great deal more UV than any sun bed. You don't wear a mask for nothing. Fair enough, a few runs here and there will be no worse than sunburn but prolonged exposure could give you skin cancer.

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The same with your for arms and the v gap on your collar. People have died from it...

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Ted- thanks for your advice...at this rate i'm going to look like a readybrek advert!..just been reading you site- very good indeed, I know the Wirral & used to be in court there fairly regularly in the 90's

I read somewhere about quenching in used engine oil- what is the reason &...can you then spray at a later date onto it?
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You don't quench because the rapid cooling breaks the chemical bonds. Its all very scientific and I don't know all the big words but if you imagine putting a hot pint glass in cold water....? CRACK!!!!! I'm on an nvq2 welding course now and we did welding tests on joints before and after quenching and the quenched ones failed a lot faster.

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Re. Engine oil. I don't know. I'll ask my tutor about it. He's ex nuclear standard and will definitely know.

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The arc off a welder radiates a great deal more UV than any sun bed. You don't wear a mask for nothing. Fair enough, a few runs here and there will be no worse than sunburn but prolonged exposure could give you skin cancer.

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Yes, you learn very quickly about arc eye one way or another, but arc knuckle. No wonder my hands look the way they do. Having said that you must have seen small fabrication / bicycle repair shops in Africa where they arc weld using gas welding goggles. Even I know better than that.
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Yes, you learn very quickly about arc eye one way or another, but arc knuckle. No wonder my hands look the way they do. Having said that you must have seen small fabrication / bicycle repair shops in Africa where they arc weld using gas welding goggles. Even I know better than that.
I was in a fabrication shop in Egypt getting some fake number plates made up.. (Don't ask lol)..

The guy was welding with a pair of $2 sunglasses

He's probably blind now.
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I have a pair of leather sleaves that I now wear all the time welding. This follows and incident when I managed to get an arc burn the size of a 10p caused by a old burn hole in my overalls. It was bloody sore for a long while and I'm sure I can add it to the list of things waiting to kill me.

Also, be very aware of ventilation; some nasty fumes come off welding.

As Ted said clean metal makes for good welds. Spend the time on prep and your finish will be all the better for it.
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