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thebomb
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 149
posted May 14, 2005 01:13 PM  
have you guys heard of the flame traveling up the torch hose back to the bottle, i had a little scare last night, my ole lady was out in the garage with me and said "hey is that thing supposed to do that"? and to my surprise there was a flame coming from between the male fitting and female end that goes into the pressure valve, at first i thought i had forgot to tighten it when i filled it last but it was tight. you guys ever seen anything like this? thanx for anyhelp

The Flash32
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 120
posted May 14, 2005 06:08 PM  
Yes it is possible for that to happen, you need to have your torch checked. It more than likely has an o-ring bad to allow that to happen. You need to treat your wife to a dinner or do something real special for her. She probably saved both of your lives by seeing it!!!

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wermm
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 107
posted May 15, 2005 10:18 AM  
You should have it checked out to make sure there is not a problem with o-rings or valves. Just for safety sake I always turn off the acetylene first then the oxygen can clear out the head.

hoosierdaddy48
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 107
posted May 15, 2005 11:29 AM  
so there isnt anything wrong with the threads?? i hink ill just buy a new set up, this set was my grandfathers and i know they are older than me. thanx for all the help guys, i dont think she understood the magnitude of the danger we were in either cause she didnt under stand what the rush was over,,, and i yelled at her to get out of the garage... lol

The Flash32
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 120
posted May 15, 2005 05:58 PM  
Yeah it could of been a bad deal. I was using an old set-up myself, it was my dad's, I decided to buy a new one & I'm going to polish the old torch & mount it in a shadow box. I got the new complete set from harbor freight for $89, everything from guages to torch. A little cash for a new one is worth alot to your family!!!!

mavrik82
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 93
posted May 15, 2005 07:00 PM  
I have worked in or ran fab shops most of my life and have seen this alot and it is not your torch,it's just a fitting.Spray some soapy water on it and look for bubbles.It is probably the seat of the fitting where it seats in the bottle, they wear out from repeatedly being tightened. Welding supplier can replace it for you or if you do it use teflon tape but leave the first 1 or 2 threads with no tape. If even a shred of tape gets in the regulator you've got problems. Fix'em and keep'em, they have family history and are probably far better quality than any new cheap set!

rrrrick
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 192
posted May 16, 2005 09:58 AM  
They also sell back flash guards to put on the end of your torch hose to help stop that kind of thing

thebomb
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 149
posted May 16, 2005 10:53 AM  
lol i hate it when my buddies use my computer and sign in with their own accounts, my puter allways remimbers passwords. i didnt realize i was posting as hoosier on the last post. but hey thanx for all the help guys

dirttracker98
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 284
posted June 15, 2005 07:56 PM  
when I worked as a welder,we had a new guy fresh out of welding school get hired in .on a pretty busy day he happend to go on a job requireing 1 of the portable welding trucks,he got his gear togather and headed out for the job site.on the way there he ran out of gas{no cell phones back then}and there was no gas in the gas can,so he used the torch lines to syphon some gas from the big Lincoln welder in the truck, put in some gas got it started and went to the job site,where he had to do some cutting on the job,can you imagine what happened when he lit the torch!!he was lucky in escapeing with minor burns,no more hair, whiskers,eyebrowes,etc., it's a good thing he had his leathers on.the truck got burnt and had to be towed away.he told the boss what happened and was fired,but the boss did pay for his dr.bills.

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