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FT: Frame (Twin) Straightening Footrest Hangers


eharris

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Hello all,

I need to straighten a footrest hanger and realise that to do so I'll need to apply some heat.

I presume my butane blowtorch (DIY soft solder copper plumbing type) won't be able to get it hot enough (or will it? I don't know, which is why I'm asking here!), so should I use MAPP gas, or go and find someone with a big blowtorch?

Cheers,

Ed.
 

vibrac

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You could always get some fire bricks,coal, and some bellows
 

Bill Thomas

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There are newer Butane torches now , That get very hot, Why not get 2 , But you may need a friend, I think to hold one, machinemart.co.uk Good Luck, Bill.
 

vin998

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Ed
You need to get the footrest hanger hot enough to get it glowing red but just in the area you want to bend. If you use too large a torch / flame and get too much of the hanger glowing red you will have difficulty bending it in the required place as it can move anywhere the metal is hot enough.
 

vin998

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Oxy-acetylene will do the job but not that many people have access to it due to regulations etc. You can now get oxy-propane kits which can be used for DIY and will not get as hot as acetylene but you can braze with them and get steel red hot to bend etc.
 

eharris

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Thanks for that.

I've got some butane/propane mix canisters, and more than one blow torch, so perhaps I'll give it a go.

Given the cost of new hangers it's worth a little of my time to try to sort it out.

It'll amuse the kids at any rate!
 

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