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Can anyone help identify an old tool? Answered


I got this in a box of old things. Can anyone tell me what it is?

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Kryptonite
Kryptonite

Best Answer 9 years ago

orksecurity me to it, it's a 100% electricity free soldering iron! For use, just grind back the rust and put it in a fire / under a propane torch, and use a rod of solder. Only for metal work, not for electronics and other small applications of solder.

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Burf
Burf

Answer 9 years ago

Exactly right. I have one almost identical to that one in a box of old tools that belonged to my dad. I've also got the gasoline fired blow torch he used to heat it up. He used it mostly to solder/weld lead flashing together for roofs and around chimneys.

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Kryptonite
Kryptonite

Answer 9 years ago

I used to use it for making metal sculptures and ornaments.

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masterochicken
masterochicken

Answer 9 years ago

Thank you! That probably explains why it has melted bits of plastic on it. It seems large and clumsy though.

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Kryptonite
Kryptonite

Answer 9 years ago

It's not really that bad if you get a bit of practice.

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Kryptonite
Kryptonite

Answer 9 years ago

orksecurity beat me to it*

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TimC266
TimC266

1 year ago

they use this for body work on cars using lead

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RevdPete
RevdPete

1 year ago

Hi,
Does anyone recognise this item?
It was made by W.G.PYE &co Ltd Cambridge Mad in England.
The crossbar holds a pretty precise spirit level which can be adjusted by the vernier adjustment on the left leg.
The two leading edges have grips which appear to have held pointers, or probes.the overall length is circa. 152mm / 57/8 inches.

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caarntedd
caarntedd

9 years ago

««««Here is a picture of one.

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Quercus austrina
Quercus austrina

9 years ago

Yep, you guys have it right, old heat 'em up by fire soldering iron. My grandfather had one. Used it in his plumbing job.

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orksecurity
orksecurity

9 years ago

Looks to me like an old soldering iron, of the heat-it-in-a-fire variety...?