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Forum: Torch Questions 2016-02-18, 11:11am
Replies: 5
Views: 2,908
Posted By Conrad Hoffman
Smallest torch? DIY?

I want to do some very fine detail work and am pondering making a simple internal mix torch to produce a flame no bigger than 1/8" diameter, preferably smaller. Though I love my Bullet Burner dearly,...
Forum: Torch Questions 2013-09-01, 7:55am
Replies: 9
Views: 4,828
Posted By Conrad Hoffman
I "own" my tanks, but it's actually something...

I "own" my tanks, but it's actually something like a 99 year lease. When empty, the gas place just does an exchange and I never have to worry about hydrostatic testing. There are good reasons to get...
Forum: Torch Questions 2013-08-03, 9:18am
Replies: 16
Views: 3,237
Posted By Conrad Hoffman
IMO, arresters should still be used because...

IMO, arresters should still be used because surface mix torches can fail internally and mix the gasses. It may be rare, but it's not unheard of. The Bethlehem advice is good- any surface mix torch...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2013-04-11, 6:21am
Replies: 23
Views: 4,658
Posted By Conrad Hoffman
I work mostly clear boro and find #5 too dark...

I work mostly clear boro and find #5 too dark unless the area is very well lit. A couple of cheap reflector floods of at least 100W (CFL equivalent) is needed. You may also have an inability to focus...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2013-02-04, 6:01pm
Replies: 37
Views: 12,885
Posted By Conrad Hoffman
That's a really small tank. I use a pair of Q...

That's a really small tank. I use a pair of Q tanks because I don't like moving the big ones. With a pair of them I can quickly swap them out and refill as necessary. I don't work very long sessions,...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2012-08-17, 7:49pm
Replies: 8
Views: 2,837
Posted By Conrad Hoffman
Something else I'd worry about with outdoor...

Something else I'd worry about with outdoor storage is bugs making cocoons in various openings and plugging them up. Seems to happen to things around here.
Forum: Torch Questions 2012-07-04, 2:06pm
Replies: 41
Views: 8,703
Posted By Conrad Hoffman
Knight Bullet on small tanks at about 1000 feet....

Knight Bullet on small tanks at about 1000 feet. Boro doesn't stand a chance, fused quartz struggles for a bit, then gives up and melts.
Forum: Boro Room 2012-06-12, 9:42pm
Replies: 58
Views: 28,396
Posted By Conrad Hoffman
I cheat. The welding shop sells thin tungsten...

I cheat. The welding shop sells thin tungsten electrodes that you'll never melt or burn. They do conduct heat like crazy, so you need a holder. I use a piece of stainless steel rod with a hole in the...
Forum: Safety 2012-03-05, 10:44pm
Replies: 5
Views: 2,299
Posted By Conrad Hoffman
Laser safety glasses are usually wavelength...

Laser safety glasses are usually wavelength specific for Argon (green/blue) and various other common lasers (red/IR/UV). I'm not aware of any that would filter out sodium flare because there aren't...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2012-03-05, 10:50am
Replies: 42
Views: 14,232
Posted By Conrad Hoffman
FWIW, I run a 1# bottle with my Knight Bullet....

FWIW, I run a 1# bottle with my Knight Bullet. The regulator is a welding style that's been repurposed by changing the inlet fitting to a tank adapter so the whole mess screws right onto the 1#...
Forum: The Dark Room 2012-02-15, 2:36pm
Replies: 5
Views: 3,646
Posted By Conrad Hoffman
In the on-line photography world, "fine art...

In the on-line photography world, "fine art photography" is usually a euphemism for nudes and soft porn. I know that probably isn't what they're after! The request for a "fine-craft element" is...
Forum: The Dark Room 2012-01-08, 2:41pm
Replies: 3
Views: 3,331
Posted By Conrad Hoffman
I organize all my photos by year, month and date....

I organize all my photos by year, month and date. It isn't perfect, but I can usually find what I want. Every month I create a folder under my master image directory in the form of YYMM. So for this...
Forum: The Dark Room 2012-01-06, 5:28pm
Replies: 31
Views: 11,604
Posted By Conrad Hoffman
We all seem to have a space problem. There just...

We all seem to have a space problem. There just isn't enough room to put everything in well lighted, warm and ventilated places. I do enough photography that I keep a small table permanently set up...
Forum: The Dark Room 2012-01-05, 6:09pm
Replies: 31
Views: 11,604
Posted By Conrad Hoffman
IMO, most P&S cameras today are astoundingly good...

IMO, most P&S cameras today are astoundingly good and if you don't want to mess with a DSLR you don't really have to. That said, there are things you get using a DSLR that can make life much easier,...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2011-12-06, 12:56pm
Replies: 67
Views: 11,398
Posted By Conrad Hoffman
Literally anything could be in either hand at any...

Literally anything could be in either hand at any time! When you've got the direction of the heat and the direction of gravity more or less fixed, something else has to move and I'm not flexible...
Forum: Boro Room 2011-11-25, 1:19pm
Replies: 53
Views: 14,022
Posted By Conrad Hoffman
Yes, I'm curious how ELB made out. I was just at...

Yes, I'm curious how ELB made out. I was just at the welding dealer the other day and they showed me the catalog of all the various propane tips that are available for welding torches. They're listed...
Forum: Torch Questions 2011-11-24, 1:23pm
Replies: 3
Views: 2,279
Posted By Conrad Hoffman
Not a clue, but the lack of response suggests...

Not a clue, but the lack of response suggests most users are using tanks, as I do. I'm sure the center section would be fine on the right concentrator(s), but the outer section can be cranked up...
Forum: Torch Questions 2011-11-22, 10:56am
Replies: 3
Views: 2,413
Posted By Conrad Hoffman
Thanks for the info- now I know it's at least...

Thanks for the info- now I know it's at least possible. I do know that they never ship them with the base attached.
Forum: Safety 2011-10-05, 9:12pm
Replies: 6
Views: 4,168
Posted By Conrad Hoffman
I had the same concern about how far the torch...

I had the same concern about how far the torch mounted arresters would stick out. It turned out to be a non-issue, but it depends on the torch and how intimate you like to be with it. There's a...
Forum: Safety 2011-09-27, 1:57pm
Replies: 11
Views: 3,755
Posted By Conrad Hoffman
The problem for skin cancer would be UV and...

The problem for skin cancer would be UV and torching just doesn't produce much of that. I'd be more worried about dry skin from the heat.
Forum: Boro Room 2011-09-27, 1:44pm
Replies: 63
Views: 14,953
Posted By Conrad Hoffman
I'm too inexperienced to pay much attention to...

I'm too inexperienced to pay much attention to but I use tungsten 1/16" mandrels. They conduct heat like crazy, so I made a 1/4" stainless holder with a small thumbscrew in the end. No problem with...
Forum: Boro Room 2011-09-23, 8:29pm
Replies: 18
Views: 5,161
Posted By Conrad Hoffman
I'd probably go at it with a round brass rod...

I'd probably go at it with a round brass rod charged with some diamond paste, no power tools at all, until the edges and surfaces were the way I wanted them. Then, maybe the Dremel to final polish....
Forum: Torch Questions 2011-08-20, 6:57am
Replies: 11
Views: 3,407
Posted By Conrad Hoffman
Don't forget the Knight Bullet- not a whole lot...

Don't forget the Knight Bullet- not a whole lot different than the Hellcat.
Forum: Torch Questions 2011-08-14, 9:15am
Replies: 3
Views: 1,741
Posted By Conrad Hoffman
Do you cover up your torch when not in use?

Having read about remodeling projects and unexpected sawdust and stuff around, it occurred to me that covering the torch when not in use would be a good idea. My workspace is common to the metal and...
Forum: Torch Questions 2011-08-08, 1:37pm
Replies: 3
Views: 2,413
Posted By Conrad Hoffman
Knight Bullet Burner Tips

I love my Bullet Burner, but being a tool junkie I simply had to work on it a bit. Here's a web page to connect you to my Bullet Burner page: See last item. (http://www.conradhoffman.com/chmisc.htm)...
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