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Old 01-30-2008, 03:36 PM
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Welding rods, are these still good.....

I have a crap load of 6011-7018 rods of various sizes that I've had since 2000-2001. I have used them a few years ago (2004) with no problems on a few things needing welded. They have been stored in a dry place inside those containers with threaded caps meant for holding rods. I was curious if I could place them in my kitchen oven to remove any moisture that has surely got to them after so long (assuming this is the reason for rod ovens). The reason I ask is, I have a tow dolly in need of repairs and I want good strong welds. That's what I get for letting people borrow my dolly.....

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If it were me......I would pass on the 7018. The stuff isn't that expensive. I would pick up some new stuff and be confident about my welds rather then run any risk. My wife would kill me if I through that stuff in the oven anyways.
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Old 01-30-2008, 04:49 PM
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I have used old rods for years. If they are no good and have absorbed moisture in them you will know it...they will pop and stick and carry on with you. As long as they strike a arc good and are welding good...yeh, I would say they are OK.
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If the bare end of the rod is not rusty and the flux does not have a powdery residue on it they are just fine, from the method you described that you used to store them I am willing to bet they are ok. Baking them for a few hours would be a good idea but if all you plan to weld is mild steel even this would not be terribly important, it would however be good insurance regardless of steel type.
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