How would you repair this railing?

  1. Screwdriver

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    Very true, a long hard push is what's needed. Since it has only been bent once with a single blow, in theory a single anti-blow in the exact opposite direction should straighten it perfectly. If you want to hammer it, you'd need a hammer the size of a small car. Rather than trying to generate that force using kinetic energy in a short sharp shock, a long slow torque will do the same job.

    I have noticed this effect when straightening massive vice handles in the flypress. All the effort goes into setting it up, then just give it a bonk. The metal will "want" to bend where it already has and I surprise myself when a single firm shove makes it ruler straight in one go!
     
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  2. mike os

    mike os just a little insane.....

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    ratchet/winch and a hammer or heat ... used together will fix it in less time than reading all these posts:D

    i would cut the one thats broken off and either replace or straighten and reweld as you have to get the welder out anyway
     
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  3. Aesgarth Member

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    Thanks everyone! It's going to be a while before I'm doing the job but I'll take all I need with me to try to straighten them but also to replace if needed.
     
  4. Mark 2

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    As, has been eluded to above(@Morrisman) take a look at the fixing into the base. I wouldn't be putting a big hammer to it, not on the pavement anyway.
     
  5. tom2207 Member

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    it did all right when it was hit with the van bumper ,, if its heated it wont need hit that hard ..
    its a bent bar , dont over think it.
     
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  6. outofthefire

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    I'd be surprised it if it straightens properly and I wouldn't fanny about trying to straighten it, I'd just cut it out and weld another one in.
     
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  7. tom2207 Member

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    without sounding offensive

    , if you dont think that will straighten ,, take up wood work metals not for you .
     
  8. tom2207 Member

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    to be very honest I could have had that sorted in less time than its taken to write about it ..
    its a metal railing , not a satellite.
     
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  9. Mark 2

    Mark 2 Forum Supporter

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    Well I've already thought it, what shall I do now?
     
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  10. tom2207 Member

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    Panic ,,, its all thats left to do now ,,, then cry ,,, then go to the pub ,
    ah we cant go to the pub . Have a bacon roll instead , that sorts most things out ...
     
  11. outofthefire

    outofthefire Member

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    You do sound offensive, hardly a constructive comment
     
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  12. tom2207 Member

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    then i shall instantly and unreservedly apologise ,
     
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  13. mike os

    mike os just a little insane.....

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    Have a couple of beers then get on with it
     
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