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 Posted: Thu Jan 28th, 2010 12:13 am
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Jack Snyder
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Does anyone have experience brazing or soldering broken brass cages?  Brass to brass?  I have a Westinghouse tank cage with a broken wire as shown in the photo.  I'm pretty good with solder, but is it possible to braze with brass to retain color match?  Wonder how the factory put these together?

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 Posted: Thu Jan 28th, 2010 12:44 am
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Steve Stephens
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Brass cages, when not wrapped, were pierced into the center and/or rear ring. Usually the end of the smaller wire was decreased in diameter and then fit into the ring. I think it was then peened over some and was probably a fairly snug fit.

Is your wire broken from the center ring? Silver solder might work the best for a fix but there are some around here who have done some wonderful fixes on brass; I'm not one of them. You need to hear from the real brass experts.

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 Posted: Thu Jan 28th, 2010 01:51 am
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Erich Martin
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Westy cages do not have stepped wires at the joint like GE cages, i'm not sure which I hate worse!!. I will silver solder my cage repairs and I personally leave a small amount (fillet) around the joint for strength, looks be danged!. I have also drilled out the broken wire from the rear ring, inserted a wire of the original size and then put a small tapered sleeve over the new wire to join it to the original. If done with care, it looks pretty decent. I figure why remove an original wire and make a repo one when you can repair it and keep it 90% original.

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 Posted: Thu Jan 28th, 2010 01:58 am
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That solder repair actually looks pretty good.  Any recomendations on the silver solder or are they all the same?

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 Posted: Thu Jan 28th, 2010 02:07 am
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I just make sure it is proper silver solder and it is real important to get silver solder flux!. That pic is of a 1/8 inch dia. wire with a sleeve soldered in place about half way up to the front ring. while trying to bend the original wire , even though it was red hot, it still snapped and I had to make the dang sleeve..:hammer: . You will need a 50 to an 80 watt soldering iron to do this easily. I left on extra solder for strength due to the poor condition of the cage, yours can look much better. Any problems just email me or call.
Erich

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