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Re: Ground for a welder

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02-25-2013 02:49:01

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While at work a while ago a guy was welding under a truck with an extention light that had a metal guard covering the bulb. Well the ground lead wasn't secured well enough & while trying to weld the current followed the ground in the light cord & fried the whole cord!

Don't use the house ground!

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02-25-2013 03:34:36

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 Re: Ground for a welder in reply to Bobkatz, 02-25-2013 02:49:01  
Back in my conveyor installing days, I burned up wiring going to conveyor motors. Jumping around, over, under conveyors welding on them you loose track of where your ground / work clamp is, you notice the welding machine is running colder but unless you have been guilty of burning wires up before you don't give it a second thought. But you learn a valuable lesson when the electrician tracks you down and chews your a$$ out! :oops:

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 Re: Ground for a welder in reply to Puddles, 02-25-2013 03:34:36  
Puddles we had some outside contractors come into our plant and ground to a nice clean pipe and do some welding on a conveyor or lift table or maybe part of a cross transfer conveyor at the end of two conveyors. The nice clean pipe was electrical conduit.

After the contractors left and production started we had electrical problems half a dozen times per shift with the electrical equipment in the area. No one could track down the exact location of the problem. We lived with the problem until a long weekend or a summer or Christmas shutdown, can't remember which. The electricians went in and completely rewired all the affected equipment. Problem solved.

Clamp the ground close to where you are welding. I know you know this now.
Ever see a welder ground to a rail road track and weld to a box car? He might get more than a a$$ chewing.

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