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  1. emeraldcoastcamper

    DIY spot welder - easy project - make your own battery packs

    Thanks. I am pretty certain what I have is too thin.
  2. emeraldcoastcamper

    DIY spot welder - easy project - make your own battery packs

    I got everything put together and working but I am not at all happy with the results. Either I blow a hole in the tab or I don’t get a weld. Is there a preferred thickness of metal strip?
  3. emeraldcoastcamper

    DIY spot welder

    Thar she blows! Just needed a better battery. I connected a BMW 3S I got from Battery Hookup and wowzee. Thanks to all who have contributed to my education on this project. That’s what makes this a terrific forum. Help rather than scorn. Many hand claps and Bravo! Now to see if I can make...
  4. emeraldcoastcamper

    DIY spot welder

    Checked wiring and voltage. In addition to the bench battery I cabled to my truck battery which is new. Could it be that my 6 Ga welding cable cannot carry enough amps to melt the strip I am testing?
  5. emeraldcoastcamper

    DIY spot welder

    I got everything connected. The solenoid clicks once when I press the pedal without the pens engaged but when I try to weld something the solenoid goes into rapid fire. I get just a very small spark from one of the pens but nothing that would melt a strip. The battery is good and when I test...
  6. emeraldcoastcamper

    DIY spot welder

    I re-tested the solenoid after connecting the grounding plate and it is good. So now on to making the connections for the foot switch. It is becoming clearer with your coaching.
  7. emeraldcoastcamper

    DIY spot welder

    Wow. Thank you so much and I will need this...when I get a new solenoid. I should have tested it first especially with such a banged up box. I put 12 Volts to it and no click. I further tested for continuity at the load terminals and found none. So returning this one to Amazon and waiting...
  8. emeraldcoastcamper

    DIY spot welder

    I don’t know why I am not comprehending this. Have wired plenty of 12 relays byt they were all in a 110V configuration. From what I can read the welding pen should activate without a switch and it does indeed when connected directly to my battery...just way too much juice. Please tell me what...
  9. emeraldcoastcamper

    DIY spot welder

    Thanks for the reply. So why do you need the solenoid?
  10. emeraldcoastcamper

    DIY spot welder

    The welding pen arrived today and the solenoid and foot pedal come tomorrow. The pen has two separate plugs that appear to have a push button switch. Of course there are no instructions. Do you know the purpose of these plugs? And what do you do with the barrel connector? I would appreciate...
  11. emeraldcoastcamper

    DIY spot welder

    Thanks. I just ordered the three items from Amazon.
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