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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-17-2014, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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For guys that baseplate your traps, do you remove the springs before you do it? Will the heat from welding weaken the springs?
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Re: baseplating question

Yes take them off, if you mistakenly contact the spring it will break the spring when you try to set or when the trap fires. talkin from experience.

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How good can u weld. I leave mine on, but the guys I work with weld very well, they don't miss. My base plate are right sided, not center swiveled, works great.
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How good can u weld. I leave mine on, but the guys I work with weld very well, they don't miss. My base plate are right sided, not center swiveled, works great.
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Re: baseplating question

i left mine on when i did it. If you have fear of heat just put a wet rage around the trap and expose only the area you want to weld. this will help pull the heat out of the trap a little bit
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Re: baseplating question

I left the springs on my traps when I baseplated them an had no trouble with the springs becoming weak.

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Re: baseplating question

It only takes a little more effort to pop the springs and spring pin from the trap... So why not do it..

All the traps I have ever welded I have removed them. However I lamed the jaws as well and then replaced the springs with others.

Like I said, it only takes a little effort... So any doubt, just do it..
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Re: baseplating question

I baseplated, laminated, and bubble tipped the jaws on every trap I own.
I've never removed a spring and I've never seen a decrease in spring strength when completed. I do all my welding with a flux core wire feed. I'm certainly not a professional. Watched a couple Youtube videos and went at it. They all turned out great.


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Re: baseplating question

I did my first one with the springs on before I asked this question. Decided to remove them for the last 11. I used a cheap Jobsmart wire fed flux core welder I bought at Tractor Supply for around $80 last year. This was the first I used the welder and I don't think it did a bad job considering my welding skills. Only complaint is the amount of splatter. I figured it would be a little easier then using my Lincoln stick welder. Here is the result.



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Re: baseplating question

Turned out really good. Are you going to use earth anchors on your traps also? If you are going to I would recommend welding the end of the J-hook shut also. I didn't do this the first time around an ended up leaving some of my MB chain stakes in the ground because the J-hook separated. Just another idea.

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