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Titanium Welding Rod

Posted: Wed May 13, 2020 10:30 am
by Flyfifer
Moderator, please move if this is in the wrong place.

Does anybody on here have hands on knowledge of grade 2 titanium welding rod ?
I have never used Titanium wire tent pegs but the notion of tough shepherds crook style pegs appeals.
I appreciate all of the downsides of small diameter pegs.

Titanium Welding rod can be had for a fraction of proprietary titanium pegs.
I fancied wasting some time diy ing some pegs from it.

The question is are these rods tough, bend resistant. Anybody know.???

Re: Titanium Welding Rod

Posted: Wed May 13, 2020 11:12 am
by Snaf MKII
Yes they are tough, you'd need to anneal them as you bend them to prevent brittleness.

Re: Titanium Welding Rod

Posted: Wed May 13, 2020 12:48 pm
by Flyfifer
OK thanks; clear about annealing to bend.
Do you suggest leaving "the pointy end" as un-annealed as possible to retain hardness ??
Or would it tend to shatter if hitting rocks ?
I saw an idea this morning to use star washers as the guyline retainer -- rather than bend a crook.

Re: Titanium Welding Rod

Posted: Wed May 13, 2020 2:04 pm
by Snaf MKII
Star washers is a good idea.

Annealing is not really a DIY/home process as it needs to be very controlled and preferably done in a vacuum, although this is only tent pegs and not the space shuttle so it may be possible with a blow torch. I assume it would be cheaper to buy stock bar rather than welding rods, is there a reason you thought of welding rods.

Re: Titanium Welding Rod

Posted: Wed May 13, 2020 3:32 pm
by Flyfifer
Again thanks.
Welding rods because I found them for sale significantly cheaper than pieces of bar/rod.
It was only the welding rod price that made it possibly viable.
I guess the seller has a source !

I googled annealing titanium and got the sophisticated vacuum/heating soaking/cooling top of the pile but there were a couple of "heat it red and slow cool" observations.
As you say it ain't for an aircraft frame and given the no bend star washer option I might just give that a go.
Thanks again.