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"Wear It's At"

Volume 1, Issue 9

Monday, November 22, 1999


In This Issue


1. New Web Site Directory    
2. Tubular Wire Test
3. Believe It Or Not

1. New Web Site Directory

I have just about finished the final form and associated pages for the new Clad Technologies Directory.  This will be a Directory of wear related folks who will also help sponsor this newsletter.  You will probably receive a promotional email sometime this week. 

2. Tubular Wire Test

Had a question this week regarding tubular wire problems that I would like to share with you.

Question:  I am hardfacing with a 7/64" diameter tubular high chromium_carbon wire and experiencing porosity and arc problems.  Checked the feeding, checked the base plate, and checked the torch tips and all seemed to be OK.  Changing coils sometimes helps but doesn't seem to be the answer.  What else can it be?

Answer:  The problem appears to be associated with fill voids in the wire.  Most manufacturers are very good about producing consistently filled wire, but occasionally, Murphy's Law prevails and wire voids happen.  There is a simple test that you can perform to determine if this is really the culprit.  

  • With the wire ungrounded, pull the trigger and run out about 60 inches of wire.
  • Now ground the end of the wire.
  • Run up the voltage as high as it will go.
  • You now have a complete electrical circuit to short out the wire, which is the very next step.
  • Short out the wire by pulling the gun trigger.
  • Within a few seconds the 60" wire should glow red to yellow from the heat.
  • If there are any voids in the wire, you will see a barber pole change in color.  This is because the voids have caused the tubular sheath to thicken where there are voids (looks dark) and thin where the fill is OK (looks bright).  If it looks consistently bright, then the wire is OK.
  • Note:  Depending upon the wire diameter and the size of your welding machine, you may have to play around with the length of wire that you run out.  The whole idea is to produce this effect as quickly as possible.  If it takes too long then the wire becomes overheated and will show a consistent glow.  The quicker that  the glow appears, the better.

This is a great little test that will help you get to the root of the problem  Good Luck.

3. Believe It Or Not

Thought you might get a chuckle out of the following.  Have a great week.

A cockroach will live nine days without its head, before it starves to death.

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

A pig's orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.

A snail can sleep for three years.

All Polar bears are left-handed.

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.

Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, dogs only have about ten.

Cat's urine glows under a black light.

China has more English speaking people than the United States.

Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.

Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

I am. is the shortest complete sentence in the English language

If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand seven feet, two inches tall and have a neck twice the length of a normal human's neck.

If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.

If you keep a goldfish in a dark room, it will eventually turn white.

If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

In ancient Egypt, priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.

In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

Marilyn Monroe had six toes.

Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes.

No word in the English language rhymes with month.

Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.

One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today is because cotton growers in the '30s lobbied against hemp farmers, they saw it as competition.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.

Shakespeare invented the word "assassination" and "bump."

Some lions mate over 50 times a day.

Starfish have no brain.

Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.

The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.

The average human eats eight spiders in their lifetime while asleep.

The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds.

The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth 2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.

The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male's head off.

The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.

The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan."

The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.

The sentence, "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the English language.

The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.

The word racecar and kayak are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left.

There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one row of the keyboard.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

You are more likely to be killed by a Champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.

You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.

You share your birthday with at least nine million other people in the world.