Baubles and Bits

Tyler has been making metal hooks, as needed, to attach to the walls of the shed to…well…hold stuff.

He uses rebar and maybe just metal for others? See, I find myself once again in the position where I didn’t take notes.

I find metalwork intimidating. Probably because fire is intimidating. You know, from welding. And those welding masks? Talk about a horror movie psycho villain waiting to break free.

Regardless, hooks are helpful for hanging things. He made one in front of me (minus the welding and I want to say some other machine bc it made a lot of noise and Gus isn’t a fan of loud, scary noises.

So here was the process:

First you clamp your piece of straight rebar onto the clamper (that’s a word, right?) around a cylindrical metal object. (Ah, Jenna, using the fancy words now!)

Then you use a torch (I believe?) to heat that rebar up. By the by, this process has a distinctive metallic dirt fire smell that it is not hard to describe.

I don’t know if it’s clear from the above photos, but the rebar is being bent around the cylindrical object. Gus was leaning on me pretty heavily by this point, so I didn’t attempt to zoom and hold the camera with one hand because…well I probably would have dropped it.

So you see, it’s a horseshoe shaped rebar piece now.

Next the piece goes into this machine. Do I know the name of this machine? No. Isn’t it better for you, dear reader, to have the mystery of the nameless machine?

Honestly, Tyler just walked over to this rusty machine I didn’t even know was a working machine, out he rebar in it. Cranked something around and then took the rebar out. What was this purpose? Maybe cleaning the rebar? Maybe sanding it (does one sand metal)?

At this point, Tyler takes the rebar out of the mystery machine (Scooby Dooby Doo!) and clamps it on this thing seen above. Off camera there is some welding as I stand outside the shed with Gus trying not to sink into six feet of snow.

Above is my artistic representation of welding.

And then, walla! The hook is created.

Much easier to see in that bright, winter sunlight! He welded that back plate to the hook part so that he could attach it to the wall-like these examples below. Which is where I’ll leave you today. I hope you know now that large unnamed tools, a welder, and torch and a loud and noisy tool is all you need to make your own rebar hook. The more you know!

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