WINTER in MINNESOTA??
October 30, 2012 at 12:04 am #12156bellnoviceParticipant
HI ALL –
I AM NEW TO ALL THIS BELL STUFF – I JUST PURCHASED A SCHOOL/FARM BELL cs BELL CO NUMBER 2 – IT IS ABOUT 60 LBS WITH THE YOKE ATTACHED…
I JUST FOUND THAT WHEN I WAS WASHING IT THE THERE IS A CRACK – I AM CONCERNED ABOUT SNOW AND RAIN GETTING INTO THE CRACK AND THEN FREEZING AND BREAKING THE BELL – COULD THAT HAPPEN???
IF SO, IS THERE ANY THING THAT I CAN DO TO FILL/PROTECT THE CRACK OR SHOULD I JUST STORE THE BELL INSIDE FOR THE WINTER – –
October 30, 2012 at 10:51 am #17196GarryParticipant
Welcome to our site!
Usually, we will need to see a photograph at least of the item and a close up of the damage.
However I am assuming that this is a typical cast iron bell (holds a magnet!).
Cast iron can be welded, but not easily, so if you know of someone in the area you might ask them.
While you are correct, over time freezing and thawing will cause the crack to spread, initially it should survive on it’s own.
The bigger problem is that the bell’s voice will not be pure when you ring it, the crack will change it’s tone adding harmonic clashing.
(It won’t sound good.) 😥
Your choices are pretty much limited to:
1) get it repaired (depends on cost of fixing vs replacing).
2) simply cover it (i.e. an overhead semi permanent umbrella or roof type cover) so that it can be seen /used but somewhat protected from rain and sun. Then enjoy it while it lasts.
3) temporarily patch it (depending on crack size) with putty and/or paint so that you might properly fix it later.
4) if it’s not feasible to repair (costs) or replace then you might consider a metal bonding putty that hardens and then can be sanded down and painted over.
The only true fix I know of is to have it re-cast or at least welded, which is costly -unfortunately. All other ‘solutions’ are pretty much a ‘make do’ as it won’t sound as good as it should. You might do a search in the area for a foundry who makes these bells and get their opinion. They might even buy the bell part itself from you to re-cast and sell you a replacement – which would off set the costs some what.
Perhaps someone on this site could recommend a good foundry near you.
November 1, 2012 at 2:24 pm #17197bellnoviceParticipant
Thanks so much for the reply!! I really appreciate it very much.
I am going to attach a couple of pictures of the crack – but my pictures won’t upload as they are too big – –
maybe I can email them to you to your email – –
November 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm #17198Willie B. HerdParticipant
You can create a photobucket account, (an image hosting website). Then U just post the link for pics, and their size doesn’t matter.
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