Building a HF start box

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Building a HF start box
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A high-frequency (HF) start box is a device used in AC arc welding that allows you to start an arc welder without having to “scratch-start” the arc. You used to be able to buy such an add-on device; apparently, they’re now hard to find. William F. Dudley Jr. decided to build his own and shares the details on his project page.

[As with all high-voltage projects, the usual warnings apply (as in: don’t try this at home unless you’re familiar with HF and know what you’re doing).]

High-Frequency Start Box

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at garstipsandtools.com.

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