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Old Windows Counter Weight.

Discussion in 'Steel, Hardware, & Handle Material' started by PeterP, Sep 1, 2016.

  1. PeterP

    PeterP Active Member

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    he guys, I am in the process of renovating my kitchen, and the old windows have 4 counter weight I think they are cast iron.
    would this interest any of you forgers out there?
     
  2. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    a cast iron typically no but if they are wrought iron then they be gold
     
  3. PeterP

    PeterP Active Member

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    How would check this?
     
  4. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Cast iron, either low quality or high. could have swore the ones in a house from 1804 were wrought.

    easiest way is to break one and if a stringy grain the they are wrought. A clean break is cast iron
     
  5. Grayzer86

    Grayzer86 Active Member

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    I would say break one and post a picture. To test, i will cut part way through a piece with a saw or angle grinder, put it in a vise, and beat it with a hammer, wrought will usually start to tear apart in a stringy almost wood-like fashion, while cast typically snaps with a grain that looks like sand, either fine or course.
     
  6. PeterP

    PeterP Active Member

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    Ill keep you guys posted on the results, haven't had time to make it to the shop and beat the snot out of the counter weights.
    still working on the kitchen reno.
     
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