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 Posted: Fri Oct 12th, 2018 07:23 pm
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Richard Daugird
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How would I repair this?

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 Posted: Fri Oct 12th, 2018 07:25 pm
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 Posted: Fri Oct 12th, 2018 09:36 pm
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Richard, I had a similarly mangled Ilg 423 grille segment. I used vise-grip pliers to straighten the bent wires, and then where they were broken off, I had to weld them back in place. It was not easy but it got the grille in presentable condition - for an industrial fan.

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 Posted: Fri Oct 12th, 2018 11:34 pm
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Richard Daugird
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I am thinking a little heat will shrink and help be coax it back in place, but I'm a bit rusty with a torch. or, I could cut it and have someone hit it with a TIG. This will be in a pretty prominent place in my house, it needs to look really good. Will probably be re-chromed.

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 Posted: Sat Oct 13th, 2018 01:25 am
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Can’t tell, are the welds broken? If not, simply use pliers to reshape it. Metal wants to resume its original shape. So you just need to help it along. Just make sure not to wiggle the spot welds back and forth too much or you’ll break them. I’ll bet you can get them 99% with a couple pairs of pliers. 

Try clamping a set of vice grips on the weld next to where you’re working.  It’ll take the stress and bending away from it. Might need a needle nose vice grip. Or can use a small c clamp

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 Posted: Sat Oct 13th, 2018 03:42 am
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I don't believe those were originally chromed.

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 Posted: Sat Oct 13th, 2018 06:10 am
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Richard Daugird
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Maybe not, I just want it to look good by my pool table.

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 Posted: Sat Oct 13th, 2018 02:16 pm
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Clamp it like Lane said and use a small hand torch to heat it some will do wonders.
Take your time.

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Richard Daugird wrote: Maybe not, I just want it to look good by my pool table.
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

You could probably have it chrome powdercoated for a very similar effect. The chrome looks great on small diameter wires.

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 Posted: Sun Oct 14th, 2018 03:28 pm
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Richard,

You do not need any heat..........just a flat piece of steel about 1/8" thick x 1" or so wide x 12" to 24" or so and place the flat right in the middle of the bend and bend it back.

If you can't get it ...... send it up with Stan when he comes to Doc's Fan Workshop and I will straighten it for you and then send it back with Stan.

Dan ~ thinkin its time to get the old "Pig Pickin Special" / Franken-Freshy out soooos I can keep cool at Doc's doins. I know that Pig Pickin is in May, but I don't suppose anyone will care if I use in for both events........


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Dan Wyatt wrote: Richard,

You do not need any heat..........just a flat piece of steel about 1/8" thick x 1" or so wide x 12" to 24" or so and place the flat right in the middle of the bend and bend it back.

If you can't get it ...... send it up with Stan when he comes to Doc's Fan Workshop and I will straighten it for you and then send it back with Stan.

Dan ~ thinkin its time to get the old "Pig Pickin Special" / Franken-Freshy out soooos I can keep cool at Doc's doins. I know that Pig Pickin is in May, but I don't suppose anyone will care if I use in for both events........



I've used a large standard blade screwdriver to straighten out bends in cages like that with much success.

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