How much trouble will this cause me?

  1. Ben Sharp Member

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    My mig is stored in a wooden cabinet in an outhouse and I've got some rust on the wire. I've done a few really small jobs recently and not had any issues but I've got a bit more work to do this week and wondering if it's worth running the wire through till i get to cleaner wire underneath. IMG_20200505_173024.jpg
     
  2. stuvy

    stuvy Member

    Bin it and get a new one there cheap enough
     
  3. Dcal

    Dcal Forum Supporter

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    As @stuvy says, don't do it, you will wreck your liner.

    If you are stuck just wind off the wire (not through the torch) till you get to good stuff but there might be none left.
    Better to buy new and keep the wire in a dry place when not in use.
     
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  4. Lazurus

    Lazurus Member

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    Get a old sock and fill with dessicant beads and pop in the case, it will help.
     
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  5. Wozzaaah

    Wozzaaah The wizard of woz Staff Member

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    Don't run it through, if you want to try and salvage it wind it off the reel.
    Running it through will probably clog the liner with rust dust.
     
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  6. Mr Roo

    Mr Roo Member

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    Yeah, unroll it (out of the welder!!!) til it’s shiny, or bin it and buy a new one.

    get a halfrauds trade card and you’ll save a bit of cash on welding wire, too!
     
  7. gaz1

    gaz1 Forum Supporter

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    pull a few layers off until you get to a clean wire

    though if you keep on doing it the liner will go and thats 15.00 for both wire liner and top liner

    price of a 5kg roll
     
  8. Wozzaaah

    Wozzaaah The wizard of woz Staff Member

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    Best to leave it in the welder so you have some control of it, trying to do it off the machine will usually end in tears.
     
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  9. Nomad Member

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    Beware - the wire wil try to uncoil if you cut it to get rid of the rusty top layers, you need to keep tension on the roll to prevent chaos.
     
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  10. Mr Roo

    Mr Roo Member

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    i meant don’t run it through the torch... but I can see how it could be misconstrued!
     
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  11. dan treg Member

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    as above and if you can and have already used the welder blow through the liner with an airline with nozzle removed
     
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  12. a111r Member

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    If it's the original plastic liner, remove the swan neck and swan neck liner. Run the rusty wire through, it might show clean. If not, bin it.
    Then bin the liner and replace.
    Less than £2 for curtain wire which is the same 4 mm diameter.
     
  13. Al Strachan

    Al Strachan Not Funny

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    in my line of work we call this chaos a "birds nest" :)
     
  14. frank horton

    frank horton V twins are great but 4"s rule.........

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    my mig was stored in an open barn......the property was a watermill......so loads'a damp......
    in the end got fed up of changing the 15kgs reels cos of rust......
    in the end I put a bulb holder in the wire compartment with a curly wurly bulb 11 watt..........
    it stayed on 24x7x365.....no more probs.....also cover'd the machine in an old Duvet......
    NO MORE PROBS
    just sayin......
     
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  15. Ben Sharp Member

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    Thanks for everyone's advice, just pulled off a fair bit of the reel and back to shiny wire now
     
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