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    Posted: 06 Jun 2019 at 4:52pm
I think a lot of this is creating a problem that’s not there. We both primed and painted our angles and axles prior to installation so any corrosion issues will only occur after that coating is compromised. The corrosion protection of the rpod frame is poor at best so other problems are likely to surface first. I just had to completely grind and recoat my A frame because the coating was pretty much gone on it.
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The angle iron is welded to the square tubing with no openings on the bottom so that would not be a route of entry. I will check to make sure that there is ventilation. I already put foam in so I may end up having to cut it out. I should have waited. Oh well, live and learn. Ouch
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SH, if you close the ends with foam you are creating a new problem. The water that will seep in between the axle on the angle iron will be trapped in the opening at the bottom. If you leave it open you can blow some air through every once in while so it can dry out,
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Yes, capillary action is the exception although it only takes place in certain circumstances where the water is drawn uphill. As a general rule, water does only run downhill.The space between the curve at the bottom of the axle and the V of the reinforcement is enough so that I don't expect capillary action to stop water that gets into th ebottom to be affected, but it might along the flat parts that are in contact. That is why the angle got multiple coats of primer/paint and I made sure to touch the axle up before joining the parts together.

I'm thinking of squirting a little expanding foam into the square channels to fill them and keep water out of them.
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I brought my iPhone into the Santa Cruz mystery spot and was using it as a level to measure the buildings and I had to fight them off so they wouldn’t take it away from me. It’s difficult to tell if something is level or not when it’s on the side of a steep hill, which is where the mystery spot is. So maybe the effects there aren’t quite as real as all that.

Water does run uphill though, it’s called capillary action (aka wicking) and can easily wet surfaces inches higher than the water level when the surfaces are close together. So a little 3/8 inch height difference between the ends and the middle of the axle will almost certainly get wet.
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Darn StephenH you ruin it!  I thought that was real.
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I can understand a Mystery Hill in NC being full of optical illusions, but not the Mystery Spot near Santa Cruz.  There all the stuff is true.  Confused
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It probably appears to be running uphill. It is like some of the "magnetic" roads where it looks like a car is being pulled uphill. It is an optical illusion though. Mystery Hill in Boone, NC is one such example. (see also Gravity Hills).
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Waddaya mean water doesn't run up hill?  At the Mystery Spot near Santa Cruz it does.  
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Post Options Post Options   Quote StephenH Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jun 2019 at 10:21am
Originally posted by DavMar

Maybe I’m naïve but if there is a worry about water collecting in the bottom of the V channel of the angle iron why not drill a couple of small weep holes in it? I don’t know if it would affect the strength of this steel brace but I don't believe it would.

I don't think weep holes will be needed. The bottom of the axle tube has a curve but the steel angle does not have that curve so there is a space on the bottom of the angle. Given that the axle tube is highest in the center and slopes down toward the wheels and that water does not run uphill, any water that may get inside should naturally flow outward toward the wheels where it will be able to drip out through the space between the axle tube and the peak of the steel angle. Even though this picture is blurry, it should show what I am describing.


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side note I'm looking very forward to reports on how this axle mod has worked out in real use over time.
I will post information on it as I have opportunity to test it.

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