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Old 06 August 2013, 15:38   #21
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Those mudguards are pure class.
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Old 06 August 2013, 15:43   #22
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loving this thread ,i`m debating on making an `a frame` to get gear off the deck.. i was thinking of a few bends in 22mm copper ..
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loving this thread ,i`m debating on making an `a frame` to get gear off the deck.. i was thinking of a few bends in 22mm copper ..
Copper? Very DIY but not ideal in salt. :-) Try lead. It bends easier.
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Copper? Very DIY but not ideal in salt. :-) Try lead. It bends easier.
a bit soft lead , for how much sea action i get i`m thinking copper will be alright and readily available, using pipe benders i can bend the shape i want ,even fit a couple of rod holders
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Or maybe just stick with raw pipe benders. Then you can have an "Active" A frame. :-)
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22mm copper still bends pretty easily. Sure you cant knock something up out of steel painted? Might last a season of boating or two before it rusts through
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22mm copper still bends pretty easily. Sure you cant knock something up out of steel painted? Might last a season of boating or two before it rusts through
coppers readily available to me and i`m hoping the bends will give it the rigidity i`m after though i agree steel is the preffered method
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i suppose 22mm is also easy enough to work with. how about filling it with concrete or similar once into shape (would be heavy) but might make it strong enough.

Or even 1 1/2 waste pipe if its not holding much weight. Then filled with something to make it a bit more solid, The list of ideas could be endless.
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Im not really an A Frame kind of guy bingosucks but if I was..I would certainly make mine rather than buy it.
I have not given it much thought..but looked in my shed to see whatI would use if I was going to make one..and I kind of like your idea on copper plumbing as its easy to bend and join. However as mister p mentions..its probably too soft. A wave would bend and buckle it, plus it would look like copper plumbing.
Think I would go for a composite pipe. I found PVC drain pipe at 21.5mm diameter and it has a nice shiny finish. Obviously on its own..not strong enough..but stuff it with 15mm copper pipe..which has in turn been stuffed a wooden dowl..and you are starting to build rigidity very cheaply. Use the copper pipe solder type joins ..and perhaps car dent repair stuff to join the plastic pipe so it can be sanded smooth to the frame profile..then paint it ? Seal the ends with epoxy so water cant get to the copper pipe ?
Just some quick thinking..but worth trying some experiments. Please post how you get on with it too..other might be interested

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Yup..rosymtb ..beat me too it.. but planning it is all part of the DIY fun
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