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Old 11-13-2010
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You should get the steel clean with 3" Rolok discs and an air angle grinder. When the metal is hot after a short pass, you can also scrub it with your wire brush. Set up a welding area or table using a piece of 1/4" steel that you keep clean so the parts will ground good without the added inconvenience of having the ground clamp connected to the piece you are welding. You can put the steel on top of a wood bench. Keep a fire extinguisher handy where you can get to it fast. Keep flamables off your welding area. The nozzle on the gun can be slid in and out and that sometimes will give you that look at the arc you need to get your bearings and keep the weld where it belongs. Keep the inside of the nozzle clean and dipped in the Vaseline so it coats the inside and outside and the spatter won't stick. There is also some anti-spatter spray you can put on the surfaceof the metal that keeps the little beads from sticking. I have some bifocals with an up and a down cut in the lens for welding overhead or down below. Keep the line in an easy arc from the machine to the work so it is not having to push the wire around too many curves. This will effect the wire speed. You will be able to tell after welding for a while if both pieces are getting penetration. Inspect the welds closely and as you learn you'll be able to connect the dots-sounds like eggs frying, weld melts onto the back side all the way though, wire looks like it is being "sprayed" on to the metal, nice uniform hump to the weld-not too high and not too flat-you are a WELDER!

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the real skill of welding is the fitting of the joints and making it look like 1 pc..........and frying bacon!
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Old 11-13-2010
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My welds already look like one piece Woody. One piece of you know what. GET'ER done.

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John,turn the heat wide open.
that will help on those small machines.
email me at randy@randydupree.com only.

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Old 11-15-2010
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Originally Posted by Randy Dupree View Post
John,turn the heat wide open.
that will help on those small machines.
If you are stickin alot of wire the wire pokes the work and burns off slow the feed and like Randy said turn up the heat. You should be using flux/cored wire no gas or regular wire w/gas. Mind your polarity!
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