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Figured out the TIG pedal!

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  • Figured out the TIG pedal!

    I had posted about my TIG pedal safari and all the time that went into rigging it up and then I couldn't tell if it was working.

    Well Les Webb posted a reply about my ground wire to the pedal not being hooked up and I realized what the problem was. I had to replace the 3 prong plug because I couldn't find a male counterpart that would fit and in the process I had the lead from the pot wiper grounded to the machine chassis..

    I unscrewed the plug from the machine so it's not grounded and the pedal began controlling the current. I can now tell that it's backwards because when the pedal is all the way down the current is low.

    I guess I need to get a 4 prong plug and hook the ground wire up.

    I fooled around with some C25 gas from my MIG and it's pretty neat!

    I'm just relieved that it's sorted out.

  • #2
    glad to hear you tracked it down.
    post some pictures of your first tig welds.. if you can / don't mind.



    • #3
      I should be tig welding with it next week. The C25 did allow me to test the remote current control but it turned the tungsten black and started eroding it.

      I was able to chase a puddle around some before the tungsten lost its point. It's kind of hypnotizing to watch the metal melt without burning s hole. I fooled with some 14 ga steel.


      • #4
        Fantastic! You'll be hooked on welding for a long time now. And the electric company will love you for it.

        Civil engineers build targets, Mechanical engineers build weapons.


        • #5
          The torch cooler seemed to work pretty well too... There were several sub-projects involved in this one. So far I'm tickled pink!


          • #6
            I look foreward to pics of what you've got going on. good job



            • #7
              Nice to hear you got it perking. When you post the pictures of your first welds, could you make them in hi-res and large size. I'd like to have them printed to a large pring and hung up in my shop as inspiration!
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              • #8
                Geez, I can see the shine from you're grinning teeth all the way down here. If it's that much fun, I may have to get me a TIG too.