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Posted on Help repairing a roller stand

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#1 posted 07-24-2021 03:22 AM

I’m still here, and thanks again guys for your responses. I got busy and was waiting until I had time to work on this to reply, but don’t want anyone to feel like I abandoned the thread. One thing that’s probably not clear in the photo, the 2 bolts attach the legs to the upper support, and allow the legs to hinge open and closed so the stand can fold flat.

If using those bolts are the best/easiest way to fix it, I would be willing to forgo the folding feature. Or, maybe once you have it apart, you can figure a way to have both. If those bolts remain loose to allow the arms to pivot, there is no reason why they can’t stay that way and still hold the new “plate” in place.

I bought a 3/8” tap to see if I could just clean up the existing 3/8” hole, but it was too far gone to work. There’s not enough thickness for heli coils, but that’s great to know for the future. T-nuts won’t work in this situation, because they would interfere with the inner tube sliding sliding up and down.

There are two layers of steel there. Perhaps that is enough to drill out the original hole and re-thread for the next larger size bolt.

Bilyo, thanks for the recommendation about silver soldering. That would work, but the expense for the materials would cost more than a new stand. On the plus side, I would have enough for many future projects, and the chance to learn a new skill.

On Ebay, do a search for “56% silver solder”. There will be many pages. Scroll through and you will find small quantities for under $10 that will be sufficient to do what you need. You are correct. You will also have some left over for future similar repairs if needed. I have used this method to repair several broken band saw blades among other things. It is not much different than soft soldering. You just use a little hotter temps.

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