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2 color pour valve: part two
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Posted 21 February 2009 - 01:11 PM
O.K. first keep in mind I'm no engineer so it was to my surprise when I hooked up the curling iron elements to the valve and wrapped them with solid copper wire that I sentenced myself to capitol punishment ( I got electrocuted, I think I inadvertently made a step up transformer:lolhuh: ) anyhow here is the latest incarnation, I did a cold start this morning and clearly can achieve 250F and higher to keep the flow going. Will post as soon as possible with results.
Posted 21 February 2009 - 04:19 PM
It does not sound right, but I am not an electrical guy. I hope you have insulated all the coils. You cannot allow the coils to contact the pot directly, or you will feel the force.
Posted 22 February 2009 - 02:24 PM
If I remember right the heat coils off of the curling iron were insulated, right? If so did you remove the insulation from them? Because I would have thought that would have been enough insulation to keep from getting zapped. I couldnt tell from the pict but it looked to me that way at least. I would say your cooper wire somehow cut the insulation on the coils somewhere and gave you the full 110 volts.
Posted 22 February 2009 - 02:43 PM
Not sure it may have but I put the iron idea to rest and have rigged the valve with a blow torch tip, works much better and heat-up time was reduced greatly. My pics are on the small side but you should be able to make out the torch on the right hand side. Well I ordered some molds from Delmart so next time I post it will be with the results.