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    just wondering what everyone uses as a setup for their purge gas. i seem to be running through a lot of argon and not sure if that’s normal. we just have a hose from the regulator plugged into the pipe. i’m running about 8-10 cfh.

  • #2
    Sounds like what we do. I either tack a cap to the open ends or seal them with aluminum tape, with small vent hole at one end. Run purge from 6 to 10 cfh. We do mostly stainless pipe and switched to nitrogen gas for purge. Way cheaper than argon. With all day welding we burn thru a purge bottle every 3 to 4 days, the bottle on the welder lasts about 5 days.


    • #3
      thanks for the info. i wasn’t piercing the aluminum tape on the open end so i’ll make sure i do that too.


      • #4
        You have to have outflow thru the vent hole (of course), this assures you have positive pressure. For ex. if you start the purge but don't feel and gas flowing from the vent hole then you know you have a leak somewhere.

        While you can just flow gas thru an open hose, it's better if you can diffuse the gas with something like a pneumatic muffler, or even just a copper tube with small holes drilled in it, and pinch the end closed.

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