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Checking your torch


#1

Hi – I’m a new member and pretty new to jewelry making. I have
been using a Blazer butane to solder. Obviusly there are
limitations. This week I bought a new (unopened) Bernzo-matic at
a garage sale. Could someone do a run down on safety measures for
this type of torch – checking for leaks etc. ? Your imput would
be much appreciated. Susan


#2
   Hi -- I'm a new member and pretty new to jewelry making. I
have been using a Blazer butane to solder. Obviusly there are
limitations. This week I bought a new (unopened) Bernzo-matic at
a garage sale. Could someone do a run down on safety measures
for this type of torch -- checking for leaks etc. ? Your imput
would be much appreciated. Susan

Does this thing look like a plumbers torch or is it one of the
pencil point (looks like a woodburning iron) one?

What are you using as far as solder, and how large are the pieces
which you are soldering???


#3

Yes, it looks like a plumbers torch. My concern is about leaks and
potential explosions. It is used for propane or mapp. I’m working
w silver and gold, small to medium size. Susan


#4
 Yes, it looks like a plumbers torch. My concern is about
leaks and potential explosions. It is used for propane or mapp.
I'm working w silver and gold, small to medium size. Susan  >>

You’ll have to check the connection at the tank and the area
where you adjust the flame size. Actually, I used one of those
for almost two years before learning that I had to check
connections . . . warm water, with a bit of dish soap will find
the leaks after being brushed on with a toothbrush or similar
other kind of brush. The bubbles will show up. Tighten up
connections if you end up with a flow of bubbles (looks like a
bunch of grapes.) After tightening, check again. If they
continue to show up, switch to a different torch!

I use a presto lite, acetelene (sp?) and love it! I can solder
better than I was ever able to with the propane torches.

I just saw an ad for the Little Torch (without regulator) but
with all the tips, for $96.00 US. I wasn’t even tempted! But,
maybe I should be?