View Full Version : What is pencil rod?

10-13-2003, 11:42 AM

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10-13-2003, 12:27 PM
It's steel bar stock in 1/4" to 3/8" diameter. Comes in 20' lengths. Cheap like dirt.

10-13-2003, 12:32 PM
A quick search on Yahoo yielded several hits for "pencil rod". Looks like it is a mild steel product available in several diameters as straight rods or as coils for a variety of uses in concrete form work and gardening.

10-13-2003, 01:36 PM

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10-13-2003, 09:33 PM
Pencil rod for reinforcing is measured by the root diameter between the ribs,it is also sorted by the number of 1/8"s in diameter-
5/8=#5 and so on,how ever much you are tempted do not use bolt cutters to cut it,you will ruin the jaws,always abrasive saw or torch cut.Don't depend on it for structural work as the carbon content is unpredictable,if you weld it use low hydrogen rod.

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10-14-2003, 04:29 PM
Weird, I'm confused. Why would cutting that stuff ruin the jaws of bolt cutters? Isn't it mild steel?

10-14-2003, 04:31 PM
Just like an oreo... hard on the outside, soft on the inside.

10-14-2003, 08:46 PM
The common hardwarestore/lumberyard variety is just about the lowest form that steel takes,no controls over carbon to speak of,so one piece will be but soft and the next piece will have that half melted chunk of truck differential in it,many people have tried bolt cutters and usually one or two cuts takes big chunks out of the jaws.

I've seen people build bar joists out of it,but not me,to iffy,besides common hot rolled round bar ain't much more money,$3.21 for #4 rebar-vs-$3.61 for hot rolled,no brainer!