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    hi,
    as this is my first post here i just want to say hello and thanks for the valuable information about all types of welding. i'm new to the scene and as you might have figured out i'm livingt in ireland.

    my question is about mig wire and problems with moisture.

    what do the majority of welders do with their wire when not using it overnight or for a couple of days?
    i just threw out 2 spools of wire due to contamination and blew the wire liner out too cos of it.
    this aint cheap so i suppose any hints or tips would be appreciated.


    later

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    Re: mig wire

    Originally posted by irish dude
    hi,
    as this is my first post here i just want to say hello and thanks for the valuable information about all types of welding. i'm new to the scene and as you might have figured out i'm livingt in ireland.

    my question is about mig wire and problems with moisture.

    what do the majority of welders do with their wire when not using it overnight or for a couple of days?
    i just threw out 2 spools of wire due to contamination and blew the wire liner out too cos of it.
    this aint cheap so i suppose any hints or tips would be appreciated.


    later
    I live in Houston, TX which is a pretty humid climate. I lay my welding shirt over my wire to keep dust off it, but other than that I din't do anything. I do have a small dehumidifier in the garrage which might help.

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    • #3
      Got to Read This!

      To All in Humidty:

      I think I got the perfect answer for this as I have been asking and researching this for months.

      I located a company which carries "Dessicant Cartridges", different sizes. 2"x6" and about 3X12". The larger is good for 200 cubic feet.

      Simply place the cartridge in the seal space, bag etc;, along with the "humidity indication card". When the card changes colors, pop the cartridge (metal cased) into the oven for drying and then start all over. It's good for "umptin" times.

      The small cartridges I use in a bag and the larger in the door where the wire is located.

      Cost is $15.00 for the small, .040 for the cards and $25.00 for the large.

      W.A. Hammond Co. "Dririte" CLICK THE PICK AND THEN GO TO"MINI DEHUMIDIFIERS"

      WWW.DRIERITE.COM


      John1/Jweld in Louisiiana

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      • #4
        I use 44lb spools on my MM 210 and I go through one every 6-8 months. I spray the spool of wire with WD-40. I haven't found any problems with doing this. We have serious humidity here in Florida.
        I know a guy who puts a 40 watt light bulb in the wire compartment and leaves it pluged in all the time.
        Also know a guy who sprays WD-40 on his area before he welds to keep the spatter from sticking.

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        • #5
          thanks for the reply's. i'll be trying most of them and i like the idea of the dessicant, cos we throw it out where i work, so i just nabbed about 20 small bags of it to try in my welder.

          thanks folks

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