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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcb View Post
    the wire is a 10-3 wire 300 v. While we're on the subject, the breaker in the workshop is a double 30 amp. The breaker at the house is also a 30 amp but someone suggested upgradding this to a double 50 or 60 amp once the welder is installed. The wire between both electrical boxes is an outdoor rated 6-3.

    Does this sound OK to you ?
    The breaker in the house panel feeding the sub-panel via #6-3 wire should be a 60 amp.

    Quote Originally Posted by jcb View Post
    Thanks guys, I installed the plug and it works fine.

    I have about 20 ft of exterior grade 10/3 wire. would this be suitable for an extension cord for the mm180 if i conect the right male and female connections to it ?
    That wire is not "REALLY" suitable for extension cord. Flexing from movement causes cracks leading to voltage drop which creates heat. Enough voltage drop creating enough heat causes fires. ANY voltage drop will adversely affect welder operation and enough drop (long before the fire) will kill the circuits in the welder. Not good. That job calls for SJ, SO, SJTOW, or similar cable because there are more, smaller conductors which lend themselves to flexing. When I am making a short extension cord, I troll through the electrical departments at my local Home Depot and Lowe's looking for miscuts, extras and short pieces left from the roll. They'll almost always sell it for significantly less than regular price.

    Good luck and post some pics soon.
    Triggerman

    Ammonia refrigeration tech
    Trailblazer 302 (yes, it's new)
    Millermatic 180 w/Autoset
    CST-250
    HF-15 High frequency
    XR15 w/Push-Pull Gun
    Victor O/A, DeWalt, North mask


    "A professional knows what to do. A craftsman knows why."

  2. #12
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    thanks Triggerman, I'll do the same when out at the hardware store. Should I be looking for 8/3 or will 10/3 do. I see that the cord on the actual mm180 is a 12/3.

    Sice my last post I picked up my new mm180 and tried it out. My first time welding. I used fluxed core wire as I am not set up with gas yet. It went pretty well, but not well enough to send picks yet There was quite a bit of puddles and spatter. Once I brushed the spatter off it didn't look too bad. I see what you all nean now by practice, preactice , practice. It's kind of unatrual handling the mask, trigger and positionning the gun all at once, not to mention using the proper technique.

    As mentioned in past posts, I have a wooden floor in my shop. This didn't do too much dammage, but I can see that welding on it for years will dammage it quite a bit and could be dangerous for fires. I'm still looking for a cheap way to cover this floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by triggerman View Post
    The breaker in the house panel feeding the sub-panel via #6-3 wire should be a 60 amp.



    That wire is not "REALLY" suitable for extension cord. Flexing from movement causes cracks leading to voltage drop which creates heat. Enough voltage drop creating enough heat causes fires. ANY voltage drop will adversely affect welder operation and enough drop (long before the fire) will kill the circuits in the welder. Not good. That job calls for SJ, SO, SJTOW, or similar cable because there are more, smaller conductors which lend themselves to flexing. When I am making a short extension cord, I troll through the electrical departments at my local Home Depot and Lowe's looking for miscuts, extras and short pieces left from the roll. They'll almost always sell it for significantly less than regular price.

    Good luck and post some pics soon.
    I found a roll of 10/3 "SOOW", will this doo ?

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    Default Just fine.

    SOOW works just fine. Good luck and send pics anyway !
    Triggerman

    Ammonia refrigeration tech
    Trailblazer 302 (yes, it's new)
    Millermatic 180 w/Autoset
    CST-250
    HF-15 High frequency
    XR15 w/Push-Pull Gun
    Victor O/A, DeWalt, North mask


    "A professional knows what to do. A craftsman knows why."

  5. #15
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    I'm trying to upload my picks from the "manage attchements" available on the forum. It's telling me my files are too big. Should be no bigger than 488 and mine are all in the 500 or 600's. Can anyone help me withy this. ?

    JC

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    Google tinypics or photobucket

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    That's close enough to get the point acoss..
    Now, I hope you realize that you need to ger a few hundred pounds of scrap and grind it into dust - and no sweeping.

    We'll also want to see some burn marks in that nice wood floor.

    And for heaven's sake,, at least dirty-up that pretty blue cover!
    Take more pics and then you can sweep.

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    I only kept it clean yesterday cause it was a holliday and in case company came over.

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