Drain pipe welding electrode container

project: , published: by Maarten Tromp.

Welding electrodes are hygroscopic, that is why you should keep them dry. Keeping something dry in our shed is a bit of a challenge. The welding electrodes are too long to fit in a normal household container, such as a spaghetti container or any other Tupperware box. Hmm, I wonder if I have anything waterproof in the shed... How about drain pipe?

The container is made of a length of 75mm diameter PVC drain pipe, left over from another project. I glued a cap on one end and a screw cap on the other end. The container can made any length, so this is perfect for the long welding electrodes. With this diameter pipe there is room for a lot of electrodes. The bunch I had hardly fills 1/10 of the available space. Just to be sure everything stays dry inside, I put some silica gel packets in the container, along with some bubble wrap to keep the electrodes from rattling around.

Building the thing was surprisingly easy. I wonder what other people do to keep their welding electrodes dry.