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11-15-2005, 12:06 AM
The tunsgten with the red stripe is slightly radioactive so what extra care should be taken when grinding the point? Radioactive can't be good so should I just ditch the 3 electrodes I have and get some other ones? I read up a bit on http://www.aglevtech.com/About_Tungsten_Electrodes.html. I am new to tig so may be doing quite a bit of sharpening for a while. I am working with mild steel at 1/8 and under for now.

Thanks, Chad

Madman Stephan
11-15-2005, 10:26 AM
I wouldn't be too worried about it. You're doing more harm to your body if you weld without using a respirator....

11-15-2005, 03:42 PM
We have a good article on our site about grinding tungsten
(tip geometry and the like)

Also, if you're concerned about safety,
Article No. 27 has info on thoriated tungsten electrodes.

We generally recommend that if you don't have to use, that is to say its not in a specification, then why bother when there are safer alternatives available.

Hope that Helps!

--Carmen Electrode ;) , www.Arc-Zone.com