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When I first started smithing I worked almost entirely with scrap. My first big haul was a few of the tensioning rods that run diagonally in steel buildings. I loved working that stuff because it was extremely tough and never cracked or got brittle.

Does anyone on here by chance know what steel that is so I can try to find some more?


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I'm looking at the blueprints for my HCI steel building and it lists hot rolled bar as A529 Grade 55.

The pre-loading rods are the only hot rolled bar in the building so I assume that's what they're talking about.


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