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Forum: Torch Questions 2020-09-23, 3:44pm
Replies: 4
Views: 94
Posted By Speedslug
I assume you have wetted the brass with tiniest...

I assume you have wetted the brass with tiniest amount of a soap solution.
The stuff used for looking for leaks is perfect.
It's like 3 drops of dish soap to a cup or two of water.

Failing that...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2020-09-18, 5:22am
Replies: 6
Views: 730
Posted By Speedslug
That's really quite stunning. Nice work.

That's really quite stunning.

Nice work.
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2020-09-16, 3:17am
Replies: 2
Views: 100
Posted By Speedslug
Sounds to me like it is either the element or the...

Sounds to me like it is either the element or the power source for it, which I think is going to be a Silicone Controlled Rectifier (SCR).

If you have done continuity testing of the element and it...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2020-09-10, 4:26pm
Replies: 4
Views: 211
Posted By Speedslug
I figured something like that was the case. ...

I figured something like that was the case.

If you were experienced enough to have a plasma cutter then the question didn't make sense to me (of very little experience with cutting anything other...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2020-09-10, 4:00am
Replies: 4
Views: 211
Posted By Speedslug
It's a curious mix to my limited experience. ...

It's a curious mix to my limited experience.

But Argon is inert if I remember rightly so I guess it would be okay to use up the contents of that tank that way.

Seems kind of a waste of it to me...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2020-09-05, 6:37pm
Replies: 11
Views: 3,564
Posted By Speedslug
If I remember correctly Talk Glass sometimes...

If I remember correctly Talk Glass sometimes takes a few weeks to get a request to join responded to.

Because the moderators also have lives and work and what not it can even be longer.
And this...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2020-09-04, 10:26am
Replies: 3
Views: 52
Posted By Speedslug
You might check to ensure your mandrel is...

You might check to ensure your mandrel is stainless steel.

Heat doesn't travel well in stainless if I remember rightly and other metals can burn through sometimes before the glass even starts...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2020-09-02, 1:05pm
Replies: 10
Views: 620
Posted By Speedslug
My thought is to dimple the bead where the...

My thought is to dimple the bead where the murrini is going to go so that sits in the dimple.

Then melt a soft clear around it to support it, like the Double Helix ?Zepher? (I think its called).
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2020-08-31, 10:49pm
Replies: 6
Views: 280
Posted By Speedslug
Remember that although you CAN get glass to melt...

Remember that although you CAN get glass to melt and remelt a few times, that glow that it makes in the flame is sodium burning off as a gas.

And there will be other gases burning off as well....
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2020-08-30, 6:08pm
Replies: 6
Views: 280
Posted By Speedslug
I have drawn off glass from fugly beads in the...

I have drawn off glass from fugly beads in the past and managed to get about half the glass back to use again.

I have also melted a good deal of glass off a bead and let it puddle on my tiled work...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2020-08-28, 2:52am
Replies: 2
Views: 198
Posted By Speedslug
Aye, I have a number of beads from my beginning...

Aye, I have a number of beads from my beginning days that had the same thing.

It is actually from working the bead too close to the torch face.

You have to remember that that torch draws in...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2020-08-22, 9:33am
Replies: 15
Views: 2,655
Posted By Speedslug
Uncoated silver is going to tarnish in the open...

Uncoated silver is going to tarnish in the open air eventually.

Maybe you could spot cover the silver dots you want to keep with a thin stringer of clear and then etch or tumble after it comes out...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2020-08-19, 3:48pm
Replies: 12
Views: 649
Posted By Speedslug
I haven't read all 9 posts above so I am probably...

I haven't read all 9 posts above so I am probably repeating someone but if I remember correctly you want let the core of the bead cool a little more than normal because once you add the intense black...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2020-08-18, 2:44pm
Replies: 4
Views: 275
Posted By Speedslug
I remember a welder telling me that oxygen tank...

I remember a welder telling me that oxygen tank valves leak at the valve stem and that they are designed to seat properly only when either fully open or fully closed.

Try some soapy water on every...
Forum: Safety 2020-08-14, 3:07am
Replies: 4
Views: 869
Posted By Speedslug
Very curious. I can't think of anything that...

Very curious.

I can't think of anything that would cause that.
Forum: Torch Questions 2020-07-31, 12:01pm
Replies: 14
Views: 653
Posted By Speedslug
Aye, MSY439 has the way of it. We use the...

Aye, MSY439 has the way of it.

We use the term 'plumbed lines' but it's HVAC folks that work with gas lines.
Forum: Torch Questions 2020-07-30, 2:53am
Replies: 14
Views: 653
Posted By Speedslug
OH Yeah, BEFORE I forget .... You really...

OH Yeah, BEFORE I forget ....

You really don't want to work with Propane in a basement anyway.
It is heavier than air and even a tiny leak can pool in a basement until you flip a light switch or...
Forum: Torch Questions 2020-07-30, 2:39am
Replies: 14
Views: 653
Posted By Speedslug
Hi Lloyd. House hold NG will be at something...

Hi Lloyd.

House hold NG will be at something like 1/4 psi pressures so any kind of regulator is probably not going to able to work with it that low.

I don't use one.

I fitted "black pipe"...
Forum: Torch Questions 2020-07-25, 1:25am
Replies: 21
Views: 832
Posted By Speedslug
You're welcome Lloyd. I had lots of folks...

You're welcome Lloyd.

I had lots of folks teach me stuff over the years so this is just a classic case of what goes around comes around.

We're all in this together one way or another.
Forum: Torch Questions 2020-07-24, 10:07am
Replies: 21
Views: 832
Posted By Speedslug
There are places that fix them but they only do...

There are places that fix them but they only do insurance work from what I understand.

And those wind up with medical grade (read $$$$) work.
Us hobbyists are pretty much left to our won devices....
Forum: Torch Questions 2020-07-23, 8:20pm
Replies: 21
Views: 832
Posted By Speedslug
I picked up a 10 lpm in 2008 for $200 and I run...

I picked up a 10 lpm in 2008 for $200 and I run my GTT Cricket on that and house hold natural gas.

I later got a 5 lpm along with a homefil and 5 knee high med tanks for $600 sometime around 2014...
Forum: Torch Questions 2020-07-23, 6:56pm
Replies: 21
Views: 832
Posted By Speedslug
My thought is to hunt up your oxycon(s) first and...

My thought is to hunt up your oxycon(s) first and see what you can get.

If you get a torch and don't have the oxycons to feed it well you will feel frustrated at being -this close- to getting what...
Forum: Safety 2020-07-21, 10:41am
Replies: 17
Views: 1,247
Posted By Speedslug
You might have to actually do the work yourself. ...

You might have to actually do the work yourself.

Start with getting a "consult" from a professional. That way they are have no liability, they are just offering you an opinion on what you plan to...
Forum: Boro Room 2020-07-16, 9:46pm
Replies: 4
Views: 567
Posted By Speedslug
NOW I remember those. Don't get old. My...

NOW I remember those.


Don't get old.
My memory sucks swamp water.
Forum: Safety 2020-07-16, 9:15pm
Replies: 17
Views: 1,247
Posted By Speedslug
No worries on the delay thing. I'm 5 time...

No worries on the delay thing.


I'm 5 time zones away but we have others that are in Australia so "timely replies" have more to do with what month than what day.

And I often don't check most...
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