Here are a few things that generally work for me.
Basic tips to pretty looking welds....
1. Clean nozzle
2. Correct wire speed and heat
3. Pay attention to your travel speed by observing the puddle.
4. Ensure your stick out does not exceed 1/4" if possible.
Now, to get pretty looking beads I use a variety of "standard" methods to include the following...
1. The "pull / push" technique. Use the pull motion and every 1/4" or so give it a little push.
2. Little circles
3. Make little cursive c's
I often change things up as I am welding to try new things. For the smaller stuff, I really like the pull / push technique. You get really pretty welds.
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