Water Soluble Alignment Sticks

Product Code: AA97210
Water Soluble Alignment Sticks are the most advanced method for maintaining precise gaps on pipes, plates and flanges as required by AWS codes D1.1 thru D1.6, and API 1101 pipe codes. Made from EPA approved Water Soluble Board, Water Soluble Alignment Sticks are uniform in size and thickness. This guarantees a perfect alignment every time, greatly enhancing a welder’s efficiency, while saving time and money.
 
Root gaps are conventionally formed via the use of filler rods. Composed of foreign metals incompatible with the base metals to be welded, welding rods are non-uniform in size and thickness. These rods must be tack welded directly to the base metals. Removal of the rods requires the use of mechanical grinding or torch cutting, costly and labor intensive methods. Additionally, rods can leave trace elements that can contaminate the weld area.
 
Made of EPA-approved Aquasol Water Soluble Board, Water Soluble Alignment Sticks are compatible with any metal. Water Soluble Alignment Sticks will begin dissolving instantly with water, allowing the sticks to be easily pulled out of the welding fit up, leaving behind no harmful residue, unlike metal alignment spacers.
 
 
BENEFITS

Spacer Characteristics
  • Provides required minimum gap for plate, pipe and flange projects as required by AWS codes D1.1 thru D1.6, and API 1101 pipe codes.
  • Made from EPA approved Water Soluble Composite Board, Water Soluble Alignment Sticks are environmentally friendly and compatible with any metal.
  • Water Soluble Alignment Sticks are incompressible and will not deform under pressure or during welding.
  • Can be manually shaped to form any angle.
  • All Water Soluble Alignment Sticks are pre-sized and uniform in thickness, guaranteeing perfect and consistent seam spacing every time.
Spacer Installation
  • Unlike metal spacers, Water Soluble Alignment Sticks do not require tack welding to be held in place. Secure Water Soluble Alignment Sticks in place with our Water Soluble Tape.
Spacer Removal
  • Unlike metal spacers, Water Soluble Alignment Sticks do not need to be mechanically ground or cut with a torch. Water Soluble Alignment Sticks dissolve instantly when introduced to water, allowing for quick and easy removal.
  • Water Soluble Alignment Sticks leave behind no harmful trace elements that will show up on X-Ray analysis.
  • Water Soluble Alignment Sticks completely eliminate the risk of foreign metal contamination.

 
HOW IT WORKS

Helpful Hints
  • Fill an empty spray bottle with tap water for easy removal of Water Soluble Alignment Sticks.
  • Keep a damp sponge and bowl of water near work area if securing Water Soluble Alignment Sticks with our Water Soluble Tape.
For Plate Applications
  • Insert Water Soluble Alignment Sticks between plates to be welded.
  • Secure with our Water Soluble Tape, if needed.
  • Weld.
  • To remove, spray water directly on Water Soluble Alignment Sticks. Pull out as sticks start to dissolve immediately thereafter.
  • Water Soluble Tape can be removed with introduction of water and wiped away with a damp cloth or sponge.

For Pipe Applications
  • Bend Water Soluble Alignment Sticks to form a 90° angle.
  • Arrange Water Soluble Alignment Sticks in equal spacing around the outside of the pipe.
  • Secure with our Water Soluble Tape, if needed.
  • Weld.
  • To remove, spray water directly on Water Soluble Alignment Sticks. Pull out as sticks start to dissolve immediately thereafter.
  • Water Soluble Tape can be removed with introduction of water and wiped away with a damp cloth or sponge.

For Flange Applications
  • Insert pipe inside slip-on flange.
  • Position Water Soluble Alignment Sticks between the pipe and flange, creating equal and balanced spacing.
  • Secure with our Water Soluble Tape, if necessary.
  • Tack-weld the joint as normal, to secure even space.
  • To remove, spray water directly on Water Soluble Alignment Sticks. Pull out as sticks start to dissolve immediately thereafter.
  • Water Soluble Tape can be removed with introduction of water and wiped away with a damp cloth or sponge.


Item Number Thickness (English) Thickness (Metric) Case Pack
AA97210-132 1/32" 0.7 mm

50 pieces per polybag.

20 polybags per case (1000).

AA97210-116 1/16" 1.6 mm
AA97210-332 3/32" 2.0 mm
AA97210-018 1/8" 3.2 mm

 

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