I am beginning to feel like those people who walk by a computer (or a piece
of machinery, or whatever) and the thing starts throwing parts at them. The
last few weeks I have had more than my share of printer & computer problems,
now it’s my new Little Torch.
It’s only 2-3 months old (purchased from Rio), and I don’t know if it’s
"jinxed" or if I just don’t know what I’m doing (a REAL possiblity). So,
please kind jeweler friends, help me one more time! By the way, the
instruction book tells you more than anyone would want to know about
cutting/welding torches, but not a word or even a sketch of a jewelers torch.
The gauge measuring hose pressure on the acetylene tank doesn’t go
completely to 0 when I close the tank and clear the line. (I had to send the
oxygen regulator back before I used it because it wouldn’t hold pressure, so
I have my suspicions.) Is this a problem, or just one of those things that
I cannot keep a constant flame. When I get it regulated to the size,
shape, color, etc. that I want, many times it changes, mostly losing any
yellow flame and ending up with strictly blue.
What size tip do I need to be using fto solder silver? Same for brass and
What pressures do I need to set my regulators at for both of the tanks
and both of the hoses?
Yesterday I started getting “flash back” to the fuel adjustment valve on
the torch handle. Makes it kind of hard to shut the valve off through all
those flames! Something tells me this is not the appropriate way for the
torch to be functioning!
Yes, I have flash back (is that the right term) valves on both regulators.
Well, these are all my current dilemmas. Any other hints and tips will be