SPIKED RR LAMP HANGER

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Intro: SPIKED RR LAMP HANGER

This Railroad Spike Hanger is an easy instructable..
Yes... it has simple welding step a friend can do for you..

And looks cool like a Spike barely touching a beam and
then any kind of fun LED lantern makes the illusion perfect.

I'm making one more for my friend..

Step 1: What You Need

MATERIALS :
An Iron Railroad Spike
A 3/8" Lag Bolt.. I had a lag eye

HAND TOOLS :
A Hack Saw $ 3.99 each
Metal 24TPI ( Teeth Per Inch ) Hacksaw Blades  $5.99 PACK OF 10.
An 8" flat Metal File $1.99 each
A Wire Brush $1.49 each
A 3/8" Spade Bit  under $1.50
A 6" or bigger Adjustable Wrench under $4.00


WELDING :
If you don't have a welder, ask a friend or have a local shop do it for you.
This is a quick weld job and should be bottom dollar by a welding shop.

Step 2: Cut and Prep the Lag Screw

Place the Lag bolt firmly in a vice and use a hacksaw with a 24 TPI ( a good ) metal cutting blade
and cut the Lag bolt about a 1/4" above the threads..

Now take a file to both sides of the stub forming it to a flat point as the fifth and sixth pictures show.

This prepares the Lag screw for easy welding..

Step 3: PREPARE THE RAILROAD SPIKE TIP

The sharp end of the spike needs a small V cut into it to capture the Lag bolt.

Simply cut the V into it using the hacksaw and maybe use the file to adjust a fit into it.

This makes the welding a snap for anyone.

Step 4: WELD IRON SPIKE to LAG BOLT THREAD

Here you want to join the Railroad Spike to a Lag Bolt..
  • Use the metal brush to clean the RR Spike Tip around the V.
  • Weld the Lag bolt in the Spike  Tip V on four sides
  • Grind away the unnecessary extra metal
  • Clean the result.

Or Use Some J-B WELD SteelStick Epoxy Putty..
  • Cut a groove along the V of the RR Spike Tip.
  • Cut cross grooves both sides of the Lag bolt peak.
  • Mix 3/4" of the Epoxy Putty.
  • Apply the putty to all contact surfaces.
  • Overlap the Lag bolt with the Spike.
  • And let it harden..

Step 5: USING THE SPIKE OUTDOORS

To mount the Railroad Spike on a suitable post or 2x4 stud.

Use a 3/8" wood or spade drill at about a 15° down angle and
drill a hole, just short of the threaded Lag bolt segment length.

Screw the Lag Railroad Spike, helped along by a wrench into the hole.
Stop when the Railroad Spike Tip is hook-up and just touching the wall.

Finally... Hang a Lamp on the Spike Hook...

Men do seem to notice the incongruity of the suspension first  :-)

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    icengnerd7473

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Welding is the stronger of the methods and actually requires less preparatory work.
    The metal joint distributes the torque stress evenly across the metal junction.

    I do provide the information to make the a sturdy epoxy joint possible
    for those who are not welding their spike. 
    Epoxy,  if too thin,  can start a crack and tear when being torqued into a new wood hole.

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    nerd7473iceng

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    thanks for the tip I know where a railroad track is but I have no idea if there will be one or not

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    icengnerd7473

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    You go for an hours walk on a remote rail area
    and see if some of the spikes jumped out of the track.
    Which regularly happens on a well used path.

    Or if you see a working fix wagon just ask for a few used ones
    they may give you more then you can carry.

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    bajablue

    6 years ago on Introduction

    This is awesome!

    Do you think JB Weld would be a viable option for those who don't weld or know a welder?

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    Presentteckbajablue

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    You could also cut off the tip of the spike and drill a hole the size of the lag down the center, then insert a longer segment of the screw into it. It would work well for JB weld.

    On the other hand you could just hammer it into the wall... You own a log cabin right?

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    icengbajablue

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Was a pony shelter with 8 tel pole grade upright columns.
    Now a summer shade for our grand kiddy park

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    icengbajablue

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Sure if the scoring is performed to give the epoxy the purchase strengh to attach itself to the metals.
    Do understand that it won't be as strong as a weld.
    But a lamp hanger will work with the promised 900 PSI on the package..

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    icengWWC

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for your comment.  The Spikes I have, are easy to hacksaw by hand once the blade grabs.  .  A

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