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  1. #1

    Just starting out

    Hi Guys,

    I've been wanting to do some hobby welding, and I picked up a century AC/DC 230amp welder off craigslist for $150. Just wondering a couple things. Should I clean it out? It was in pretty good condition, except for what appeared to be dirt in the DC +/- slots. Also how can I hook the power up to my dryer outlet? Can I clean the thing out with soap and water?

    I picked up some 7018, 6013 and I think 6010 or 6011. What do you think I should get started with?

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    Re: Just starting out

    I would take the outer skin off and blow it out with air. Maybe use contact cleaner where it’s needed. Look for any loose connections that can create resistance(heat). As far as the dryer plug, buy one at a big box store and wire it up


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  3. #3

    Re: Just starting out

    If I have the 4 prong dryer wall outlet (14-30p) can I just plug it straight in?

  4. #4

    Re: Just starting out

    If you a dryer outlet with Bess box / stick welder the breaker may flip from time to time
    But will work to get started

    Dave

    Quote Originally Posted by bgilb View Post
    Hi Guys,

    I've been wanting to do some hobby welding, and I picked up a century AC/DC 230amp welder off craigslist for $150. Just wondering a couple things. Should I clean it out? It was in pretty good condition, except for what appeared to be dirt in the DC +/- slots. Also how can I hook the power up to my dryer outlet? Can I clean the thing out with soap and water?

    I picked up some 7018, 6013 and I think 6010 or 6011. What do you think I should get started with?

    I've attached some photos.

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    Re: Just starting out

    Attached is my dryer outlet plug. Will it plug in as is? The only difference I can see is the hots are the same size, and it's missing the L (neutral)

    I've tried Googling it but the info is all over the place with no good information.

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    EDIT:

    This is the closest thing I could find to what I need:
    http://www.fullsizebronco.com/forum/.../t-133328.html

    But I don't quote understand the grounding the casing part?
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    Re: Just starting out

    Metal electrical boxes or ones like this that have a rubber top but a metal base should be grounded.

    If one of the hot wires comes loose and makes contact with the metal base/case it will energize the metal base/case.

    If it is NOT grounded then it will remain HOT instead of creating a Ground fault.

    You happened to grab the outlet and something grounded... you become the path for the electricity looking for the return path back to the source and ZAP.
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    Re: Just starting out

    That type of receptacle is a Wall Mount and not really designed for a cord connector.


    Screw it down to a small piece of plywood or 2x4- helps it from getting banged up.
    Ed Conley
    http://www.screamingbroccoli.com/
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    Passport Plus & Spool gun
    Lincoln SP135 Plus- (Gone to a good home)
    Miller 125c Plasma 120v
    SO 2020 bender
    Beer in the fridge

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    Re: Just starting out

    I got the plug made, not too hard other than lost my SCREW DRIVER and couldn't find it. Geez.

    When I turned the welder on, it buzzed or hummed, but I noticed the fan didn't come on in the back. Is that normal? I had no leads or anything plugged up.

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