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Unread 05-10-2013, 07:05 PM   #1
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Going From .025 Gas Shielded To .035 Flux Core?

Disregard the title. I've figured the problem out myself. The liner had a kink in it and i need to buy another one. I just don't know where to buy it at.

Please read my next post as i would love some helping advice. Thanks!

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Unread 05-10-2013, 08:30 PM   #2
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I have maybe an hour or so of actual welding time. Needless to say i pretty much suck at it. (but it's pretty fun i must say.) I've been grinding like 45s into plate i've been welding with an angle grinder. Makes sense that this makes more weld actually get where it needs to be or am i just making stuff up? Read somewhere that welding uphill is more penetration so i've been trying my hand at that.

Can someone tell me how this looks and ways to improve? I think i need more wire speed, and a more consistent pattern with the weld gun. Other than that i'm not sure.

Oh, and this is 1/4" plate. I think my welder is only rated for 3/16" plate so i have it maxed out. I don't have any 3/16" to practice on or i would be. Is this part of my problem?



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Looks like you really just need to practice your control. Your travelling in sort of an arc... like your welding "McDonalds" signs..

Move slow and try to move the puddle in a straight line along the groove.
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Looks like you really just need to practice your control. Your travelling in sort of an arc... like your welding "McDonalds" signs..

Move slow and try to move the puddle in a straight line along the groove.
So other than my control you'd say i'm doing pretty good for a rookie?

Actually that is exactly what i was doing. Someone i know who somewhat knows how to weld told me to make cursive e's while welding to make my bead stronger.

Are you saying just hold the gun steady and the only movement i should be doing is following the path that needs to be welded? (ie no cursive e's?)
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So other than my control you'd say i'm doing pretty good for a rookie?

Actually that is exactly what i was doing. Someone i know who somewhat knows how to weld told me to make cursive e's while welding to make my bead stronger.

Are you saying just hold the gun steady and the only movement i should be doing is following the path that needs to be welded? (ie no cursive e's?)
You do need to move the gun in a pattern, some do circles, some do the cursive e's like you, some do a C pattern.

i think what he means is the actual entire bead is not straight and has an arc to it. looks to me like every time you re position your other hand, assuming you are using your non dominant hand to steady your other one while welding it is causing a wave in the bead itself.
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When your buddy was talking about welding in "e" patterns, he was referring to a much smaller pattern.. about the size of:



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With all the "e"s in a straight line along the joint..


When I was referring to the "M" shape, I was talking about this....
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Not that anyone is following this thread or anything, but here's where i'm at about a year later.

No school, nobody teaching me, just simply figured it out as i went.




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The last 2 look good. Keep practicing.
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Work on going back and forth with your weld puddle instead of in a circle. That will help wet the edges and make it flow into the base metal better. You won't have the undercut like the one in the top of the picture.
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I am learning the same way. I will keep watching for more.
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My apologies to the OP. I have deleted what was intended for another thread.

Keep up the good work. When I started MIG welding many years ago, I was given a helmet and told to pull the trigger.
A good thing to keep in mind - always start your arc at least 1/4" away from the end weld. Then bring it back to the end weld along the upper material and swing back back under. Like doing an "O" from the 3 o'clock position.

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They all look decent. You just need more practice
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