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Re: Soldering

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lindwood_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Mon Sep 06 2004 - 20:34:47 PDT


The biggest concerns with acetylene would be that the hoses and line are
sprayed with soap to check for leaks periodically, that the tank is
turned off & the line bled each time you finish class, and that it is
lit properly. My biggest concern with gas is that a kid will let the gas
escape from the torch for a long enough time to allow it to accumulate
before the striker lights it safely. Could you train someone (parent)
To supervise your torch area at least for a while? Acetylene is VERY
explosive. I check my hoses and regulator for leaks, and I keep the
extra length of hose coiled in a bucket next to the tank so that it is
not dragging on the floor. Also you want to be certain that the tank is
always upright. I have mine chained and padlocked to a large table leg.
I have 6th graders in my room using it but they do not get to light it
and a parent stands there all the time. I Have wondered how HS handles
torch lighting.

Linda Woods

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