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Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2022-11-07, 10:25am
Replies: 6
Views: 475
Posted By rcktscientist
I had the same issues and decided that in this...

I had the same issues and decided that in this case less tools is better. So, I now connect a rod to start the bail, then use shears to cut the rod length to size, then use tweezers to bend and form...
Forum: Torch Questions 2022-11-03, 11:01am
Replies: 12
Views: 388
Posted By rcktscientist
I can verify that the GTT Bobcat is an excellent...

I can verify that the GTT Bobcat is an excellent torch. The GTT Lynx is probably the only better 7-port torch available although some love stuff like the Bethlehem Alpha(6-port) and National pre-mix...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2022-10-25, 1:23pm
Replies: 4
Views: 377
Posted By rcktscientist
The term most use is to "garage". As in, "I'll...

The term most use is to "garage". As in, "I'll garage this part while I make the other part, then join them together"
Yes, a kiln is one of the best ways to garage parts. Some people actually use...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2022-10-13, 10:34am
Replies: 92
Views: 54,529
Posted By rcktscientist
Cheap bonsai trim scissors work well as cup...

Cheap bonsai trim scissors work well as cup shears, cost about $15.

Painting spatulas work well for sculpting and aren't too expensive, assuming you can't find a suitable butter knife.

Canned...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2022-09-26, 8:07am
Replies: 5
Views: 561
Posted By rcktscientist
Did you want some help figuring it out? I know...

Did you want some help figuring it out?
I know people solve these problems on a regular basis. Last year I hooked my Minor up to 2 different concentrators before I sold it. Fresh oxycons usually run...
Forum: Torch Questions 2022-08-29, 11:46am
Replies: 4
Views: 398
Posted By rcktscientist
I would recommend buying an oxygen purity meter...

I would recommend buying an oxygen purity meter if you go the route of concentrators. All my concentrators run above 94.7% pure and that has a lot to do with their performance. Just dropping to 92%...
Forum: Safety 2022-08-29, 7:18am
Replies: 12
Views: 4,108
Posted By rcktscientist
Are they similar to the Inogen concentrators she...

Are they similar to the Inogen concentrators she mentions above? You know, the portable ones?....
Forum: Torch Questions 2022-08-29, 7:12am
Replies: 4
Views: 398
Posted By rcktscientist
My Bobcat requires 15lpm of 6psi concentrators...

My Bobcat requires 15lpm of 6psi concentrators (direct, no HVLP) to run full flame. Those same concentrators could be paired with an HVLP system to run the Lynx and possibly a Phantom in the future....
Forum: Torch Questions 2022-08-17, 11:34am
Replies: 4
Views: 339
Posted By rcktscientist
A window (or vent) bigger than your exhaust fan...

A window (or vent) bigger than your exhaust fan opening should work well and not require an intake fan. Or just prop a door open while working

Good luck!
Forum: Torch Questions 2022-08-17, 9:13am
Replies: 4
Views: 339
Posted By rcktscientist
BTU is not the primary metric. It's duct...

BTU is not the primary metric. It's duct velocity. You want a target of 2500 - 3000 feet per minute of air velocity in the duct so that dust, fine particulates, and fumes are all captured and...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2022-08-15, 7:56am
Replies: 5
Views: 561
Posted By rcktscientist
What city are you in? I've got a 10lpm, 20psi...

What city are you in?
I've got a 10lpm, 20psi oxycon that I worked on myself. Runs a Minor very well(I had the same setup), I got oxygen purity to 94.7% on my meter. Bought a Phantom and built an...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2022-07-06, 8:41am
Replies: 1
Views: 679
Posted By rcktscientist
A hand torch can be used as a Bunsen but the...

A hand torch can be used as a Bunsen but the Smith is a bit small for that. Have you considered a National 3B?
It gives you several tip choices and you'll likely find one that can give a bushy,...
Forum: Safety 2022-06-28, 1:05pm
Replies: 12
Views: 4,108
Posted By rcktscientist
It appears those concentrators are not sufficient...

It appears those concentrators are not sufficient for lampwork. You need a minimum of 10LPM from a stationary concentrator to run even the 'lightest' torches. The outlet PSI makes a difference too....
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2022-03-31, 3:02pm
Replies: 5
Views: 1,014
Posted By rcktscientist
Is the bead slipping? If so, do some research on...

Is the bead slipping? If so, do some research on your bead release.

I've had luck with roughing up my mandrel with steel wool, double-dip the mandrel slowly (no twisting and slower dips generally...
Forum: Torch Questions 2022-03-30, 8:57am
Replies: 7
Views: 1,211
Posted By rcktscientist
In that case, you may want to buy a hand...

In that case, you may want to buy a hand torch/bunsen combo. Sealing tubing to tubing will be easiest with a hand torch and the bunsen will extend your working time. A National 3B-B torch with a few...
Forum: Torch Questions 2022-03-28, 9:06am
Replies: 7
Views: 1,211
Posted By rcktscientist
I dig your enthusiasm. I'm the same way. For...

I dig your enthusiasm. I'm the same way.

For boro, you need propane and oxy, no hot head or plumbers torch will work.
Your $1k budget will be challenging to meet since minimum prices for a torch...
Forum: Torch Questions 2022-03-23, 2:55pm
Replies: 3
Views: 664
Posted By rcktscientist
In the same boat. On a Bobcat right now but ready...

In the same boat. On a Bobcat right now but ready to upgrade.
It was 2 choice pairs for me:
LOWER COST - Phantom vs. Sidewinder w/scroll base vs. Red Rocket (previously all around $1200, Phantom...
Forum: Torch Questions 2022-03-23, 12:18pm
Replies: 3
Views: 664
Posted By rcktscientist
The general consensus is that the GTT centerfire...

The general consensus is that the GTT centerfire (Lynx) is superior to the Alpha (Champion non-sharp) but the Champion Sharp Flame addresses that to some degree so would be a better choice the the...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2022-03-21, 8:06am
Replies: 9
Views: 1,650
Posted By rcktscientist
An important point that many people forget about...

An important point that many people forget about is that annealing temperatures/schedules generally refer to glass that is cooled on all sides. So, a closed, hollow form or an object sitting on the...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2022-03-08, 5:28pm
Replies: 7
Views: 1,725
Posted By rcktscientist
There are epoxies that work with glass. You could...

There are epoxies that work with glass. You could always make some soft parts and some boro parts and then 'combine' the different glasses by adhering them to each other after cool down. Not quite...
Forum: Torch Questions 2022-01-26, 11:04am
Replies: 3
Views: 745
Posted By rcktscientist
A Minor will do well at 10-15psi Oxygen. Try...

A Minor will do well at 10-15psi Oxygen. Try turning it up a bit.
Also, your flame should be around 12-15 inches long and about 1/2 in diameter at full settings. That's how most of the Minors I have...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2022-01-18, 11:54am
Replies: 22
Views: 2,194
Posted By rcktscientist
Like Bea said, clip-ons are a good alternative if...

Like Bea said, clip-ons are a good alternative if you want to use readers or progressives. I bought the Phillips BoroTruview 3.0 clip/flip and they work well for light fuming and light color work. My...
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2022-01-17, 8:12am
Replies: 22
Views: 2,194
Posted By rcktscientist
Awesome!!! =D>

Awesome!!!
=D>
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2022-01-12, 1:26pm
Replies: 4
Views: 1,048
Posted By rcktscientist
Anytime. Please let me know how you like the...

Anytime. Please let me know how you like the oxycon when you get it. I've thought of purchasing the same one through them and would like a review.

Happy melting!!!
Forum: Tips, Techniques, and Questions 2022-01-11, 8:32am
Replies: 4
Views: 1,048
Posted By rcktscientist
That GTT chart info for the Scorpion is with a...

That GTT chart info for the Scorpion is with a Bobcat (or possibly Cricket) centerfire. If you will be upgrading to the Scorpion/Lynx model (highly suggested) it would need more like 13.5lpm at...
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