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Re: Help migging alum.

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Peter (NY)

12-12-2012 07:14:04

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The tip is in pretty good shape with little usage. I have extra so I will change it. I'm going to pick up a new spool of wire today and take that out of the equasion. Forgot to mention it's 100% argon. The gas is about two years old. Can that go bad?

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12-12-2012 07:23:57

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 Re: Help migging alum. in reply to Peter (NY), 12-12-2012 07:14:04  
I've never heard of argon going bad. Have heard of bad bottles of argon right from the start. My 250 bottle of argon can easily last me 1 to 2 years. Can't remember it ever happing with Mig aluminum, but it has happened to me a couple times with Tig aluminum. When the argon bottle gets low I'll see a difference in bead quality!

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12-12-2012 12:29:22

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 Re: Help migging alum. in reply to Puddles, 12-12-2012 07:23:57  
If your argon is bad the weld will be black and possibly pinholes in the weld. Get some aluminum cleaner (Arcair makes it) and try cleaning the wire. It's not uncommon to clean TIG wire. Being a spool gun, clamping a felt pad soaked with cleaner won't do much harm. On the other hand a 1lb spool of wire isn't expensive.

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