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Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by Softus, 16 Mar 2006.

  1. Softus

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    It's time to get a new blowtorch - now that the flame on Old Faithfull seems incapable of getting even 15mm hot under the collar, I think his retirement beckons :(

    Please can anyone make any recommendations for a fairly compact torch? I don't need it to do more than 28mm - does anyone have a favourite or a pet hate?
     
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    I use an autotorch like what they have now in BNFNQ for 40 quid
    cant remember the name of it right now though ... They sell the same one with different names on it but you can see they are all made in the same factory. Use it with MAPP gas for hotter burning temp.
    The downside to them is they don't fair very well after a jump [with double pike] from loft to landing
    A a bigger point is make sure you turn it off before you put it in your van as when it falls over it could potentially torch your van. My son in law is also a plumber and only yesterday he did that trick filling his van full of gas. Now I know why van insurance goes up as soon as you tell them that you carry a blowtorch.
    Before that I had a bullfinch autotorch with separate calor bottle till some scruffy little street scally stole it
     
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    rothey :idea:
    as slug says the only bad point is the neck breaks if you drop it :cry:
     
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    Kev that is a safety feature.

    The torch from B&Q causes Rothernburger gas canisters not to shut off when the torch is saperated from the canister. Perhaps the one I had was faulty.

    Also, fire the torch when saperated from the canister, as small amount of gas will iginte if ignition is activated.
     
  6. Softus

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    Thanks - I shall go shopping armed with all that knowledge. Rothen's always do seem good - I've never regretted buying a tool of that brand.
     
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    The handheld propane and MAPP gas torches we have over here have an orifice in them that restricts the maximum flow of fuel into the burner tube.

    Are you sure the problem isn't just a dirty/plugged orifice?
     
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    Thanks for the thought NK, but it's 20 years old, has been dropped more times than Paul Gascoigne, won't always turn off, won't always light easily, won't ever give a good shape on the flame, and has become a downright pain in the a*se to use.
     
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    This thread really should be in the plumbing forum where it was originally posted. A torch is a "tool" (kinda, I guess), but it's exclusively a PLUMBING tool. You hardly ever use it for anything except plumbing.

    So, only people who do plumbing work are going to know enough about torches to have an informed opinion to share. If there were a discussion about knitting needles, I think it would be better to leave it in the knitting forum than move it into the "tools" forum, too. Ditto for drum sticks, guitar picks and chop sticks, all of which can be considered "tools" (kinda, I guess).
     
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    I entirely agree. I hadn't even noticed that it had been moved.

    Mod(s) - did you move this topic? If you did, would it not be a good idea to point out to me that I'd made an error, if indeed I had made one?
     
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    I use a Bernzomatic TS7000 auto torch with MAPP. My Boss uses a Roth' branded one and they are identical.

    The only thing I had to do was nip up the grub screw (1.5mm) after above mentioned boss abused it for a few days.

    Reccomended.


    Chris
     
  13. Try B&Q before you buy a rothenberger, they sell Benzomatic torches which are made by rothy, & about £20 cheaper.
     
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    Thanks Keego for putting the names to the faces ;)
     
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    This is all incredibly helpful - thanks to one and all. I'll put on a disguise and head for BNFNQ shortly.


    Moderator note
    Moved at your request Softus, as you will probably get a better input in that forum.

    Thanks Moderator! :)
     
  16. croydoncorgi

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    I've got a not-very-old Rothy and the splining on the flame adjuster has stripped already, so adjusting the valve is iffy. My previous one was the same make and the cylinder screw threads wore out. Nothing's perfect these days!

    I also had a Turbotorch (?) good flame but could NOT be used with the flame turned down - a major limitation. (The blast tube overheated.)
     
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    Does a blow torch not get used for roofing leadwork (yes i know you could argue that its traditionally a plumbers craft) and decorating as well?
     
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