Three Other Uses for CD Weld Pins (Besides Insulation Installation)

In the world of welding, CD (or capacitor discharge) weld pins are typically used to hold blanket insulation in place. However, that is not their sole use or purpose, and these pins can be used in lots of other ways. The following examples show just a few of the ways in which these "pins" can be used.

Creating a Studded Look on Your Custom Ride

Because these stud "pins" are capped off with self-locking washers, they create a sort of studded appearance when they are fully installed. As such, you could weld them to the interiors of the side panels of your custom vehicle, making sure they poke through the side panels where they are capped with the washer heads. If you use really long CD pins, then you can attach other "wicked-looking" items to your custom vehicle as well.

Creating a Unique Coat Rack

Thicker, longer CD weld pins could be welded in a straight line to an acid-washed metal panel. The panel is then attached to a wood plank or wall hooks. Now it can be mounted to a wall, either vertically or horizontally, to create a coat or hat rack for your outerwear. Because the self-locking washers cap the sharp, pointed ends of these pins, you never have to worry about their poking you or poking through your hats and coats.

Installing Other Flooring Over Metal Flooring

Metal floors are common in certain industrial settings. However, when these industrial sites are converted into residences (which is fairly common), it is really tricky to transform the metal floors. At this juncture, short, stubby CD weld pins can be welded to the metal floor, and thick shag carpeting or hardwood plank flooring can be impaled over the tops of the pins and capped with the washers previously mentioned. This can be done on a wall-to-wall project or just in certain areas to give the converted spaces a more homey feel.

Ordering the Right Pins for the Right Project

If you are not sure which pins will work best for any of the above projects, or if you have come up with another idea or use for them, you can always consult the welding-supply company from which you hope to order the pins. Describe the depth, width, or height of materials through which you want to impale the pins. This will help the company sales rep determine what type, length, and features of pins you will need.