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Old 02-27-2006, 07:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay so i got myself a free 220volt arc welder for free. I know its noo MIG or TIG, but I'm new at the fabbing thing. Any tips??? I figured I'd ask here cuz this forum is for the fabbers and not bolt types. I'm gunna try to start with shock mounts and pot welds.
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Old 02-27-2006, 08:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Get some scrap metal and 10 lbs. of 5/32 7018 and practice, practice, practice. Play with your machine on different settings to find what works best and note them.
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Get some scrap metal and 10 lbs. of 5/32 7018 and practice, practice, practice. Play with your machine on different settings to find what works best and note them.
I guess I need to look up metal numbers too. Luckily my place of employment has machinist who know everything about metal
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Old 02-27-2006, 08:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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7018's are the kind of welding rod you need to get
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Old 02-27-2006, 08:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
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make sure when your figuring it out that you figure out how to do it at different angles as well, dont just work on getting a good flat bead down.
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Old 02-27-2006, 10:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i learned with 6010 thats a hard rod to start with but once you got it all the others come right to ya...just thought i would pitch in
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and learn to weld upside down ;=)
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Old 02-28-2006, 04:15 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Well from what I gather from reading, is that laying a bead down isn't super hard, its just kindof a back and forth motion of the hand kinda like I have palsy, just under more control
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the strongest welds really come from 2 passes, if your doing something thats going to see alot of stress, i would say lay down a pass of 6011 (high penetration but low strength, and then a pass on top of that of 7018 (low penetration but high strength) 7018 is prolly the hardest rod to weld with, once u master that, everything eles goes smooth. id say pick up a big pack of both, and just practice, try different settings on the welder, different angles of holding the rod, anything till you find what works for you.
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Old 02-28-2006, 08:53 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Doc -

Wrong forum; you want Pirate4x4's Shop and Tool Talk forum. Mad, mad fabbing and welding technical depth.

Those guys are the shiite -

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Old 02-28-2006, 09:06 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I love stick welding,I think its a must for doing anything on a frame,or working with anything thicker than sheet-metal,that is if you can`t afford a TIG...lol
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