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  • Karen AudreyT commented on Misac-kun's instructable Water and salt Welder1 year ago
    Water and salt Welder

    The salt water ballast resistor cuts voltage at a greater rate than current, when you have it adjusted properly your arc voltage will be about 24 volts and your current will be about 70% of whatever your mains current is, which is usually approx 100 amps (100x0.7=70amps), which is perfect for a smaller diameter 6011 or 6013 rod (In the USA).The wider plug on the left SHOULD be the neutral, but check with a multitester with one lead to a known ground. Neutral will show no voltage while hot will show 117/120 volts, otherwise you will be playing with full voltage and current, and possibly kill yourself.You can make a handy lighter with a pencil lead some paperclips and a cup of salt water using the same principals (start with LESS salt and adjust pH upwards (add salt) until the pencil lead...

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    The salt water ballast resistor cuts voltage at a greater rate than current, when you have it adjusted properly your arc voltage will be about 24 volts and your current will be about 70% of whatever your mains current is, which is usually approx 100 amps (100x0.7=70amps), which is perfect for a smaller diameter 6011 or 6013 rod (In the USA).The wider plug on the left SHOULD be the neutral, but check with a multitester with one lead to a known ground. Neutral will show no voltage while hot will show 117/120 volts, otherwise you will be playing with full voltage and current, and possibly kill yourself.You can make a handy lighter with a pencil lead some paperclips and a cup of salt water using the same principals (start with LESS salt and adjust pH upwards (add salt) until the pencil lead glows red hot after 2-3 seconds.However, a much better plan is two car batteries run in series and a 1/8" rod. DC totally beats AC for stick welding except when you are dealing with really dirty/oily surfaces and using a 6011 rod (cleans 60 times a second), but grind and clean with solvent and use DC and your welds/beads will be sooooo much nicer, and you can choose whether you use electrode neg or pos depending on what you are trying to do.

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