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Old 01-10-2016, 08:44 AM   #1
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Jackknife sofa repair

One of my supposed to be adult children decided to plop on the sofa like at home and snapped one of the welds on the wire spring mesh that the cushins rest on.

I am thinking I can either take the sofa out of the rv and braise the weld together myself with a propane torch and solder and flux or take it to a welder and have it insoected to see if it can be beefed up.

my concern is price, has anyone had to repair a jackknife sofa before and can reply with their expeirence?

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I can't imagine a welder would charge a lot if you took t to him. Maybe $50-100.
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Heck you can buy a cheap buzz box welder... Then just repair it yourself.
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I have a jackknife sofa, which is not very comfortable to sleep on. I was thinking of taking it out and putting in a pull out sofa. A local dealer said it can't be done because of the heat run below the box. I don't see why the heat run can't be run between the legs of the sofa. Had anyone else replaced a jackknife with a pull out sofa?
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Old 02-27-2017, 05:43 AM   #5
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Harbor Freight has a nice Flux Welder on sale for $89 rite now ! You can fix your sofa, and have a new Tool !!!! Can never have enough tools
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A propane torch and solder just wont do the job. Neither will an acetylene torch and a braze with brass rod on, most likely, thin wall tubing without reinforcement with more metal.

While I agree with welding it yourself, a reasonable weld (that has some strength) is not something everyone can do without practice (lots of practice) . First time welders just don't get penetration -- or they blow right through the base metal. Of course there are those first timer welds that look like bird droppings too.

One of your friends may have a MIG welder that can fix this or a welding shop will do it for very little cost, also with a MIG or if you want to get fancy, a TIG welder. I have to say that my little hobby shop MIG welder has paid for itself many times over - but I also took lessons to make good strength welds.
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