Pub Member / Supporter
- Jan 1, 2010
I may need to repair a pair of the support ribs on my 10' KTI dish which bent at the mount point. There is no good way to get it into a square tube roller so I think if I heat it up a torch I should be able to bend it back to normal curve using a form made from a normal rib. I was then thinking about welding a couple of strips of aluminum on each side for extra support but I wasn't sure if it was 6061 or 7075 aluminum, the latter isn't really weldable. The junctions of the support ribs and connected so I'm guessing it has to be 6061 although somewhere long long ago I thought I recalled reading "Aircraft aluminum" in a flyer or manual which I realize doesn't specify. Reinforcing with steel isn't a great option as that just asking for corrosion. Lastly I could change mount so it has 2 connection points instead of 1 but that involves drilling more holes in the support ribs which I prefer to avoid.