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Castaloy website upgrade plus free shipping on orders over $60.00

Castaloy website upgrade plus free shipping on orders over $60.00

Earlier this year I announced Bradshaw Consulting, Inc. was going to start upgrading its network of websites.  We started with the Alloy websites because I felt those sites were so old, it was causing the customer experience to be less than desirable.  Last year I have spoken to several of our regular buyers of these products and confirmed my hunch.  My wife and I have been so busy with all of the day to day operations with Quality Home Locator, Bradshaw Consulting, and The Hidden Lair, that we just did not have time to get everything done.  Over the last couple of years we have focused on hiring quality people to help insure our customer base would be properly taken care of.  This has also allowed us to spend some much needed time with the family in general.  I promise my free time will not be spent on gardening, as my blueberry experience failed not just the first time growing blueberries, but also my second time growing blueberries.  The Mandarin tree died such a horrible death.  I just could not get rid of the mites, or whatever was growing on her.  My other trees however are doing a great job.  I will post updates on my Asian Pear Tree, Gala Apple Tree, and Tilton Apricot Tree later this year.   Although all three trees have gotten pretty good size, only the two apple trees have bared fruit.

Alumaloy received a website upgrade first this past January.  Followed by Castaloy which got a website upgrade last month.  Steelaloy is being redone right now and should be announced later this month.  At this point I do not know which main website will get upgraded first, Quality Home Locator or Bradshaw Consulting, Inc.  I have separate teams working on their upgrades at the same time.  Based on customer feedback, we are also providing free shipping on orders over $60 dollars.  Once all three of the alloy websites are complete we will start rolling out new product such as non-lead based repair product for cast iron cookware.   We also have entire new metal alloys for metals such as copper.

I can not get my head around the fact that it has been 6 years since the red carpet event at our house.  Oh man does time fly!

Aluminum repair rod website upgraded

Aluminum repair rod website upgraded
I have been so busy over the last few years that my websites have really suffered. My blog has not seen any updates of my family and almost every website has been untouched. The Hidden Lair and Quality Home Locator have been growing so fast, it has taken every bit of our time to keep up.  Dustin is stationed in Japan, Devin is living in Kansas working at Cerner, Jacob is about to finish diesel school, Jessikah will be driving this year, and the younger boys, Derrick and Connor, are both in Jr High.  Dustin is not in this most recent family photo due to his station to Japan.    We are very proud of the service he is giving to all of us, but having him away is hard.  Jessikah has been babysitting more lately and has started her own Facebook page for babysitting.   Derrick Jr. has been helping out at The Hidden Lair which has been a big help to Andy and Jesse.

2017 is going to be the year of upgrades and improvements. I have several new eCommerce stores that will be launching this coming year as well as all the current websites will be upgraded. I’m starting with Alumaloy, one of my alloy websites, which will be the first of several alloys to get an upgrade.  I even have a few new alloys that will launch this year.  I plan to also upgrade my other sites like Quality Home Locator which should go live in the next month.  Quality Home Locator will get virtual tours, updated photos, and floor plans for each house.  The design will also undergo a very dramatic change, but the logo will stay the same.   Bradshaw Consulting, Inc. and Hostexa will also get a full upgrade in the next couple of months.  While all the changes will get an extensive feature upgrade we are not sure how drastic the design will change on each site.

The American Garage Minute- Garden Prep

The American Garage is a collaboration between Bradshaw Consulting, Inc. and 3D Houston. The show, filmed in Texas, is about the American know how and spirit of ingenuity. Season 1 of American Garage was based on repairing a David Bradley Tractor using a product of mine which can repair a cast iron tractor, called Castaloy. Season 2, which is currently under production, centers around the creation of a BBQ pit. I’m personally planning to do one of these in my back yard so I’m very excited the producers picked this topic out of the long list of requests by viewers. The American Garage Minute was started as a way to address questions from viewers that did not require a full season to address. So when some guys over at gardentractortalk.com wanted to see the tractor in action, this was the perfect vehicle to do so. I would like to note he has the good fortune of not being snowed in… but instead, is outside getting a garden ready.

Best way to repair cast iron

Last week, Jeff Wilbanks purchased some castaloy product to repair his Mack diesel engine.  Jeff really did not have very high expectations for the product but was desperate for a solution. To his surprise, the product worked better than he expected and he was able to save his engine and a fortune!  Jeff, being so excited about his success, posted on the Castaloy forum.  Just like countless others that purchase this product, he feels it is the best way to repair cast iron.  When applying the tips on my Guide to repairing cast iron with Castaloy, it is possible to repair almost any cast iron product.

From time to time, a rod of the castaloy product is given for free.   I have just announced a new winner at the forum post!

Brand new do it yourself show featuring the American spirit of ingenuity

The American Garage is a collaboration between Stephen Devine and myself that is centered on the American spirit of ingenuity.  A do-it-yourself project that takes a look at tasks that can be done right in your own garage or back yard.  Last week on December 1, 2011 the show debuted with its first episode.  This pilot, S01E01, introduces the concept of the show and it’s first project, The David Bradley project.  We are negotiating with a few local networks to air the series on tv but currently the show is only airing on the internet.

Earlier this year I added a page to my blog with a list of free items being given out by myself or companies affiliated with me.  The American Garage is giving a chance for someone to win a free trip to Texas.  If you have not signed up to win this amazing prize I suggest doing so today!

How to guide to repairing stainless steel products

How easy is it to repair stainless steel products with Steelaloy?

Over the last few months we have published a guide to repair aluminum products with Alumaloy as well as a guide to repair cast iron products with CastaloyBradshaw Consulting, Inc. also has a product to repair stainless steel and it makes sense to release a guide to repairing stainless steel with Steelaloy  as well.  It requires a very similar process to both of the other metals and is really quite easy to do.   When performing this repair, keep in mind that cleaning steel can be a little more difficult.  However, you can do it with just a few tools and it can be done with very little practice or training.  Once you have done it a few times, you will be surprised at how easy it is to repair items that you once thought were hopeless.

Tools you may need:

  • Stainless steel Repair Rod(s) “Steelaloy rod(s)
  • Wire brush for cleaning steel
  • Wheel for cleaning steel
  • Sand paper for cleaning steel
  • pliers to hold Steelaloy rod
  • Propane torch to heat steel
  • Gloves to protect your hands
  • Safety glasses or face shield to protect your eyes and face
  • Stable work surface or vice to support the cast iron product needing repair
  • Rags for cleaning
  • Draft free work area

How to repair stainless steel products with Steelaloy:

  1. Be sure to use appropriate safety gear to protect eyes and hands.
  2. First identify the break. Then situate the steel product in a stable position on a flat surface or with a vice. This will keep it from moving while you work and keep you safe.  This area should be open but draft free.
  3. Once the steel in need of repair is secure, clean the break of debris. Unlike Aluminum but similar to cast iron this almost always requires a vigorous brushing with a metal brush or sand paper.  DO NOT FORGET, flux is an acid and should be treated with respect.    I have written an article on the proper way to clean and prep steel for repair.  DO NOT USE DEGREASERS OR CLEANERS THAT MAY BE FLAMABLE!
  4. Now that the steel break is clean and ready, you will use your torch to heat it.  Do not heat the Steelaloy rod.  You want the heat of the broken steel to melt the Steelaloy.  Keep the heat in motion over the area you are working with. Test the surface for temperature by pulling the torch away and touching with the Steelaloy rod to it. When the Steelaloy melts and starts to flow freely you are at the optimal working temperature. You will need to reheat that location from time to time to keep the Steelaloy flowing. Work the Steelaloy into the broken area, letting it fill in the hole or crack, switching from heat to Steelaloy.
  5. Once the break is covered thoroughly, allow to air cool. After the steel product is cool you may need to sand or grind it to smooth the surface or reshape it. This step all depends on the use or needs of the repaired steel product.

It is just that simple. Steelaloy was designed so anyone can use it to make repairs on everyday products. You don’t have to have special skills or be a welder to use it. Common sense, patience, Steelaloy, and a few tools will see you repairing all sorts of steel products. Never again will you have to throw something out because now, you do have the skills to restore them.

How to guide to repairing cast iron products

How easy is it to repair cast iron products with Castaloy?

I addressed a question on the aluminum repair forum about repairing with alumaloy with my How to guide to repairing aluminum products and I thought I would cover repairing cast iron with castaloy.  It is a very similar process and is really quite easy to do.   When performing this repair keep in mind that cleaning cast iron is a little more difficult.  However, you can do it with just a few tools and it can be done with little formal training in the subject.  Once you have done it a few times there will be little reason to throw things out that seem hopeless.

Tools you may need:

  • Cast iron Repair Rod(s) “Castaloy rod(s)
  • Wire brush for cleaning cast iron
  • Wheel for cleaning cast iron
  • Sand paper for cleaning cast iron
  • Pliers to hold Castaloy rod
  • Propane torch to heat cast iron
  • Gloves to protect your hands
  • Safety glasses or face shield to protect your eyes and face
  • Stable work surface or vice to support the cast iron product needing repair
  • Rags for cleaning
  • Draft free work area

How to repair cast iron products with Castaloy:

  1. Be sure to use appropriate safety gear to protect eyes and hands.
  2. First identify the break. Then situate the cast iron product in a stable position on a flat surface or with a vice. This will keep it from moving while you work and keep you safe.  This area should be open but draft free.
  3. Once the cast iron in need of repair is secure, clean the break of debris. Unlike Aluminum this almost always requires a vigorous brushing with a metal brush or sand paper.  DO NOT FORGET, flux is an acid and should be treated with respect.    I have written an article on the proper way to clean and prep the cast iron for repairDO NOT USE DEGREASERS OR CLEANERS THAT MAY BE FLAMABLE!
  4. Now that the cast iron break is clean and ready, you will use your torch to heat it.  Do not heat the Castaloy rod. You want the heat of the broken cast iron to melt the Castaloy.  Keep the heat in motion over the area you are working with. Test the surface for temperature by pulling the torch away and touching with the Castaloy rod to it. When the Castaloy melts and starts to flow freely you are at the optimal working temperature. You will need to reheat that location from time to time to keep the Castaloy flowing. Work the Castaloy into the broken area, letting it fill in the hole or crack, switching from heat to Castaloy.
  5. Once the break is covered thoroughly, allow to air cool. After the cast iron product is cool you may need to sand or grind it to smooth the surface or reshape it. This step all depends on the use or needs of the repaired cast iron product.

It is just that simple. Castaloy was designed so anyone can use it to make repairs on everyday products. You don’t have to have special skills or be a welder to use it. Common sense, patience, Castaloy, and a few tools will see you repairing all sorts of cast iron products. Never again will you have to throw something out because you do have the skills to restore them.

How to guide: Cleaning metals for repair part 3 stainless steel repair with Steelaloy

In this 3rd installment of our three part series, How to clean metals, we will discuss the proper way to clean stainless steel before using our product, Steelaloy.  Steelaloy is a stainless steel rod used to repair steel without all the cost normally associated with other forms of repair, such as welding and brazing.

Stainless steel is a happy medium between aluminum and cast iron.  Steel isn’t as porous as cast iron and is less susceptible to corrosion.  However, it is still not as resistant to corrosion as aluminum.  Therefore, thorough cleaning and use of flux is highly recommended.  As with Alumaloy and Castaloy, a clean cloth or rag is the only cleaning tool needed for a neat break. For a rougher break, we recommend using a wire brush or wheel on the rough areas to smooth them out. Any liquid present needs to be wiped away and oil cleansers need to have time to dry completely.   Remember, even though steel is not as porous as cast iron, it can still absorb liquids so you will want to make absolutely sure the area to be mended is dry and free of flammable cleaners used to remove paint or oil. **THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!! Once the area is prepped you may apply the acid we provided with your purchase. You will only need to use a few drops per our instructions. Use of flux is recommended but not required. Like with cast iron, the chances of contamination and oxidation is reduced in your repair when using flux so we always suggest that you take that extra step.

Part 1:  How to guide, cleaning focuses on Alumaloy to repair aluminum.
Part 2:  How to guide, cleaning focuses on Castaloy  to repair cast iron.
Part 3:  How to guide, cleaning focuses on Steelaloy to repair stainless steel.

We hope these cleaning guidelines have been helpful to you in the use of our products. If you have questions or comments please feel free to visit our stainless steel repair forum or post your comments directory to this article.  Feedback always helps us to serve our customers better.

How to guide: Cleaning metals for repair part 2 cast iron repair with Castaloy

In this 2nd installment to the three part series on how to clean metals I will discuss the proper way to clean cast iron before using our product, Castaloy.  Castaloy is a cast iron repair rod used to fix cast iron without all the work and money required by other forms of repair such as brazing, welding or epoxy.

In most cases, cast iron will need a bit more attention than aluminum or steel.  It is very susceptible to corrosion and oxidation so cleaning and using of our flux product is highly recommended.  As with Alumaloy, make sure the area you are working with is thoroughly wiped down and is free of contaminants.  This is of vital importance, as any contamination can cause poor wetting. Remember cast iron is porous and can absorb liquids so you will want to make absolutely sure the area to be mended is dry and free of flammable cleaners used to remove paint or oil.  **THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!! We recommend vigorous scrubbing with a wire brush or wheel.  We provide an acid/cleaner with your purchase of more than 4 rods or you can purchase the acid/cleaner separately.  This substance is to be used last and is the final step in your cleaning preparation.  If you have chosen to go the extra step to help prevent future corrosion and to ensure a stronger bond, this is the time that you would apply a few drops of flux to the area being repaired. As always, flux is suggested but not required.

Part 1:  How to guide, cleaning focuses on Alumaloy to repair aluminum.
Part 2:  How to guide, cleaning focuses on Castaloy  to repair cast iron.
Part 3:  How to guide, cleaning focuses on Steelaloy to repair stainless steel.

We hope these cleaning guidelines have been helpful to you in the use of our products. If you have questions or comments please feel free to visit our cast iron repair forum or post your comments directory to this article.  Feedback always helps us to serve our customers better.

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