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Old 10-08-2018, 06:57 PM
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Default Repairing frame on GottaGoGottaThrow Cart

I have 2 clean breaks in the frame of my gotta go gotta throw cart. The internet says aluminum can be molded together with a soldering iron. Pic attached to show breaks. Have heard breaks here are common, possibly a design flaw, considering the combination of the existing bolts and it being a stress point for the cart.

I've owned it for 6 years now and I'm not going to purchase a new one given I know this stress point has breakage issues or shell out even more for a Zuca unless I have to. I've grown accustomed to using it and the mods/set-up I have and I like it, and I'd like to keep using it, like restoring a favorite old car.

So before I give up and shell out 350 + for the Zuca and all the bells and whistles that go with it I'd like to at least explore the option of a soldering iron repair. I don't have the equipment, I'd probably have to either ask around and have someone do it for me and pay them (Metro Detroit anyone?) purchase equipment and do it myself, or take it in to a machine shop and have them do it for me.

Any thoughts or experiences welcome. Thank you.



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Old 10-08-2018, 08:20 PM
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Not sure about soldering... my fist thought was to find a wooden dowel of the appropriate size to feed through the top & bottom, then use an epoxy to ‘solder’ the pieces together. A few screws at the top & bottom should do it.
I would start there before trying to actually solder the parts together.

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Old 10-08-2018, 08:55 PM
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I am a lifetime welder... Don’t waste your time trying to fix that yourself unless you dowel sleeve it with epoxy like golden tuna is talking about above.

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Old 10-08-2018, 09:06 PM
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perhaps an ugly piece of perforated angle stock around the tube in addition to an inner dowel. a little more meat to screw into or glue surface.

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Old 10-08-2018, 09:10 PM
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Solder Aluminum? In over 40 years of welding I have never even heard that suggested. Follow tunas suggestion or find someone who know what they are doing with a tig welder.

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Old 10-08-2018, 09:52 PM
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Not sure about soldering... my fist thought was to find a wooden dowel of the appropriate size to feed through the top & bottom, then use an epoxy to ‘solder’ the pieces together. A few screws at the top & bottom should do it.
I would start there before trying to actually solder the parts together.
That's a fantastic idea that I never even thought of. The power of the internet! Looks like a Home Depot trip is in order.

Thank you. Will report back here on how it goes. Thanks everyone for the replies.
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Old 10-09-2018, 12:35 AM
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I say try to use the JB weld material as the Epoxy, it is made for metal to metal bonding.

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Solder Aluminum? In over 40 years of welding I have never even heard that suggested. Follow tunas suggestion or find someone who know what they are doing with a tig welder.
Tig was my thought, too. But, I think I would take it to a weld shop and ask them if they could do anything. I can't imagine it would cost much, or take much time, to have someone fabricate you new Steel poles down to the axle, that would take a good weld. Replace the broken parts instead of a fix, would be my first attempt. Good Luck!!!

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Solder Aluminum? In over 40 years of welding I have never even heard that suggested. Follow tunas suggestion or find someone who know what they are doing with a tig welder.


Hahaha right? Damn internet!

I’m a cert TIG guy and I wouldn’t take anyone’s money under the guise that a thin wall tubing cart would STAY fixed fwiw.

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Hahaha right? Damn internet!

I’m a cert TIG guy and I wouldn’t take anyone’s money under the guise that a thin wall tubing cart would STAY fixed fwiw.
i was a cert Tig welder and would turn up an aluminum plug to go inside and then tig it .

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