I just went through the SAME crap today..i been a general foreman on jobs for so long i felt the need to brush up on my stick welding...
everything seemed to run fine until i knocked the slag off..looked like CRAP....thought it was me being i aint burned a rod in a while..
I was gettin so aggravated i was throwin things....lol
Then....i found a bad connection on a lead at the positive connection on the Lincoln Ranger...i was gettin arc blow...all good after that..lol
even the best of weldors will tell ya,everyone gets those bad days and nothing seems to go right,usualy when i have that bad day..i lay it all down n take a long break..come back n works just fine
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