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Posted on Help repairing a roller stand

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Lazyman

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#1 posted 07-20-2021 01:30 PM

Looks like steel to me. If it is actually steel, this would be a lot easier if you have a friend who can weld for you. You could simply have them weld a nut over the existing hole. If you take it to a welding shop, they might do it for free or less than $10 if you do all the prep to drill out the old hole, grind off the paint and zinc off the nut beforehand; otherwise, here is how I would address it.
  • I would get a thicker piece of steel and cut (hack saw, angle grinder bench grinder, file) it to the same triangular shape as the piece there and drill the 2 attachment holes to line up with the ones there.
  • Drill 2 more holes further down on the diagonal pieces and tap them to accept 2 more bolts. Remove the plate to do the tapping and enlarge the 2 new holes in the plate to clear the treads of the bolts.
  • I would drill out the old hole larger than the hole in the new plate so that the new bolt passes through it.
  • Drill a new hole exactly where the old tapped hole is and tap it to what ever size bolt you decide you want to use. I would get a new tightening bolt with a nob to match the new hole.
  • Attach the new plate over the old one with 4 bolts (might need longer ones)

Having someone weld a nut on will probably be cheaper.

EDIT: I should have proofread more carefully after editing. Fixed now.

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