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Old 07-11-2013
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Re: Replace cotter pins with welding rod

I like rings too, basically because of no sharp points, but they CAN unwind on their own. They can also get bent which makes them a bitch to remove.

This welding rod idea is interesting - eliminates the need for rigging tape with its downsides. A small roll on board means you're never out of the right size pin as well. It's essentially a variation on safety wiring bolts.

P.S. If you follow Rod Stephens advice you don't need to replace cotters every time you remove them. Clip them short - just enough length to get a decent end on them, then spread them about ten degrees or so. They don't need to be wrapped back on themselves to stay in place. The small spread on a short end will keep them just as secure and squeezing them with pliers to remove them flattens the end enough to be reusable.
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