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Old 01-17-05, 10:19PM   #1
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I was checking out the eastwood company and i seen like a copper plate with a handle and i guess u use to it weld up small holes or not to burn threw, just wondering if this thing worls and could i just make my own?
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Old 01-18-05, 02:39AM   #2
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That plate is for wire feed welding steel.
And yes, it works.
Steel wire will not stick to copper, so the description they use is accurate.
Heard of a few guy's trying to use a penny before.
This will work, just make sure that you use an actual older copper penny.
The new pennies are made diffarantly, and steel wire will bond to them

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Old 01-18-05, 11:52AM   #3
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Cool i will try that marty
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Old 01-18-05, 12:52PM   #4
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will a penny from the 70's and 80's work? thats old enough right?
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Old 01-18-05, 01:30PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Fast1970transam
will a penny from the 70's and 80's work? thats old enough right?
* The composition was pure copper from 1793 to 1837.
* From 1837 to 1857, the cent was made of bronze (95 percent copper, and five percent tin and zinc).
* From 1857, the cent was 88 percent copper and 12 percent nickel, giving the coin a whitish appearance.
* The cent was again bronze (95 percent copper, and five percent tin and zinc) from 1864 to 1962.
(Note: In 1943, the coin's composition was changed to zinc-coated steel. This change was only for the year 1943 and was due to the critical use of copper for the war effort. However, a limited number of copper pennies were minted that year. You can read more about the rare, collectible 1943 copper penny in "What's So Special about the 1943 Copper Penny.")
* In 1962, the cent's tin content, which was quite small, was removed. That made the metal composition of the cent 95 percent copper and 5 percent zinc.
* The alloy remained 95 percent copper and 5 percent zinc until 1982, when the composition was changed to 97.5 percent zinc and 2.5 percent copper (copper-plated zinc). Cents of both compositions appeared in that year.
so basicly any pre 82 penny will work. the 82 had both so some might be or might not be.
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Old 01-18-05, 06:13PM   #6
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Seems to me to be easier to just buy some copper at the local metal yard and put a wooden handle on it. Maybe curve the ends for tight places or curved areas.
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Old 01-18-05, 07:41PM   #7
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true, but it's not badass like a penny
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Old 03-21-05, 07:11PM   #8
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you can do the same thing by getting your hands on a piece of copper pipe

2" to 4" depending on the seam or hole size.Anneal it(red hot and let air cool) with a torch cut a section so you can open it up and pound it into the shape you want.
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i have had good luck with using copper tubing and shaping it on an anvil, sounds to simple to work, but it does.
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