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    Default Soldering a stainless structure

    Years ago I got a BLMA radio tower that in the process of building I stepped on when it unknowingly was on the floor. I managed to get it together using CA but was never pleased with it. I have now taken it apart straightened it best I can with the intention of soldering instead of CA. However, no joy. I am using a pen iron set to 30A, and 60/40 rosin core but I am not touching it. Is there another way I should be using? I do recall the instruction said it could be soldered or CA'd. I would really like to repair this as Atlas has seen fit to discontinue them.

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    I have the same tower and I don't like the CA glue looks.
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    I got the same one. It's not easy to solder to stainless steel. You can google the methods as well as I can so there's no need for me to do that. But as I recall the top and bottom are fixated by a plate. Seems like you could bend it into shape nearly to it's final position. Other than binding with some super-fine wire there's not many options other than getting the right solder materials for stainless steel or using CA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nskale View Post
    Seems like you could bend it into shape nearly to it's final position. Other than binding with some super-fine wire there's not many options other than getting the right solder materials for stainless steel or using CA.
    Thanks. That being said, The tower got flattened to the point that it tore the joints so now I have 3 separate panels. They have with some work recovered nicely which is why I want to rebuild it. Love your guide wires!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Power Stroke View Post
    Love your guide wires!

    Thanks! The red LED on top blinks too.

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