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Old 08-23-2020, 07:38 PM
JB_Digger JB_Digger is offline
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Default 1800ís railroad spike

I worked a really old farm site about 500 feet from an 1850-1958 rail line. I found an old spike. It was about 10 inches down, has corrosion like warts on it lol, and is a little shorter than a modern spike. The head looks hand forged although itís covered in rust. I read that leaving it in white vinegar will get it off - then a wire brush. Should I try that?

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Old 08-24-2020, 09:46 AM
k2gleaner k2gleaner is offline
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I'm no expert but I guess clean the dirt of, then vinegar. You'll find a lot of info here on electrolysis, too. Might be a good piece to practice on.

I have a short one like that, as well.


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