Anyone running a TIG on your dryer outlet?


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Old 07-06-06, 07:39 PM
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Anyone running a TIG on your dryer outlet?

My dryer outlet is only 30 amps.
My kitchen range outlet is 50 amps and is 20ft from the garage.
Heavy Duty Extension cord?

Just trying to make it fly on paper before buying the unit.

or........any other way to weld aluminum? Kenny >S
 
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The 50A outlet would be a better choice. Should be plenty of power for a small/medium TIG machine.

You can make a heavy duty extension cord out of some #8-3 wire and the required boxes/strain reliefs/receptacles/plugs.

The wire will be cheaper at the electrical supply house than the welding shop (online will be better yet, but that #8-3 wire is heavy). An electrical supply house will have the other parts. Match the welder plug and range plug and have at it.

I have a 50' extension cord for mine from the panel.
 
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The plug in for 30 amp and 50 amp is different [so they can't be interchanged] I don't know about migs or tigs but a stick welder requires a 50 amp circuit.

It would be best if you could add a 50 amp circuit. Moving the stove to plug in the welder could get old pretty fast [atleast for me ]
 
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Old 07-09-06, 06:15 PM
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Actually...........

no need to move the stove. Just remove the lower drawer and the plug is right behind it.
Kenny >S
 
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Old 07-09-06, 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by sharrack
no need to move the stove. Just remove the lower drawer and the plug is right behind it.
Kenny >S
So what do you do if the Mrs. is baking a cake when you want to weld up the gas tank??? Huh??? tell me that.

Aluminum can be MIG welded as well but TIG is nicer. It depends on what you are welding and how much welding you will be doing when choosing.

If you are welding aluminum foil, TIG is the only way to go.
 
 

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