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Leaking Wave Solder Pot Electrovert Stainless/SN100C

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Leaking Wave Solder Pot Electrovert Stainless/SN100C | 2 September, 2009

Any suggestions/experience in repairing an old electrovert stainless wave solder pot? We have been running SN100C in this pot for a few years, and it developed a small leak along the weld in one corner. I am wondering of the best repair methods, and or ways to determine if other areas are CLOSE to leaking and should be built up while we have it empty. Pete

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#59776

Leaking Wave Solder Pot Electrovert Stainless/SN100C | 3 September, 2009

Our wave started leaking a year ago. We welded, patched inside and outside the pot with metal patch. This works if you leave your wave on all of the time. If you turn your pot on and off consantly, the temperature cycles will bring the crack back. Typically once a solder pot starts leaking it will always leak.

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#59777

Leaking Wave Solder Pot Electrovert Stainless/SN100C | 3 September, 2009

Probably you can weld the spot that is leaking as a temporary fix.As for a long term solution, I would probably go with a lead free retrofit kit.It is basically a titanium insert that you place into your existing pot and it is cheaper then buying a new pot. Sn100c is no where as corrosive as SAC is but it still is corrosive. I'm not sure how old your pot is but regardless if you developed one leak it's most likely you have other spots starting unless the problem was a defect in the pot. You can get a retrofit kit from electrovert or specnor tecnic. There may be others but i know both sell them for electrovert machines.

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