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Unread 04-28-2013, 08:36 AM   #1
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Why did I blow this hole through my frame while welding?

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So I'm welding my relocated frame motor mounts on my frame during my 4.0 swap, and things are going pretty well. I'm a novice welder with maybe ten hours of practice, and countless hours of welding study & research under my belt.

I'm welding with a 110v Lincoln MIG, using 0.035" flux core (Lincoln Innershield NR-211).

I stop welding to check out my progress, and for the first time, I see that I blew a 1/8" hole right through the frame! The frame is 1/8" thick. This has never happened before, even while practicing and intentionally pushing the machine to the limits (moving too fast, too slow, wire feed too fast, too slow, etc). I also had already welded the other motor mount with no issues.

Any idea why this happened?

I think the weld looks alright. What do you guys think? Is a second pass necessary?



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Unread 04-28-2013, 10:35 AM   #2
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just stitch it shut and run 2 more passes on it. there may have been a thin spot in the base metal (rust), or your travel speed was a little slow/ machine settings to high. its an easy fix, it shouldnt compromise the weld if you fix it properly.
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I would've run the bead uphill though. See how you're bead is thin and "sunk in". Running uphill will deposit more filler. Just gotta be mindfull not to sit still too long, or the puddle can fall out.
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Unread 04-28-2013, 05:51 PM   #4
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X2 on what besrk said. vertical up is much stronger than vertical down, though takes more practice and is harder to get a pretty weld going up.
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Unread 04-29-2013, 07:34 AM   #5
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All, thanks for the replies and for the confident boost. I skipped past the hole, welded the rest, and stitchedit up after.

The picture doesn't do the shape of the weld justice - it's actually less "sunk in" that it appears, and is more of a proper filet.

I was apprehensive about doing this welding myself, but in retrospect, I'm glad I did and confident in the results. All the prep work made for an easy weld. Anyway, we'll see what happens once I get her started and dump the clutch!
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Unread 05-03-2013, 12:55 AM   #6
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The picture doesn't do the shape of the weld justice - it's actually less "sunk in" that it appears., and is more of a proper filet.
I have to agree with others. The weld seems a bit "thin" to me. And the mention of up hill is stronger is not just someone commenting it is a fact man.

Not bashing, but you basically told us you were book smart, not practice smart in this situation.

I personally would cap all of your vertical welds with an uphill pass.
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Unread 05-03-2013, 08:38 AM   #7
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No worries, the input is appreciated. I'll try to post another picture later, if I can.
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Unread 05-03-2013, 02:57 PM   #8
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But if he is going to go uphill, he needs to watch his temp as the heat will rise and might have other holes to fill.
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A good rule of thumb is run up if it has flux. Most stick rods as well as flux wire doesn't solidify quick enough and can trap slag in the weld if you weld downhill
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It doesn't matter which wire it is..fluxcore or hard wire..downhill is a big no no for the fact you are not penetrating,you are only at most getting a surface fusion with no kind of penetration for strength and a great possibility of just a cold overlap and no fusion,in other words it just poured metal over it and never fused,but looks good....

I would also be the one to recommend cleaning that down hill up with a grinder and run an uphill for insurance,you'll just have to practice your uphills a little more to get the heat and wire speed and hand speed right.
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I tell my son that "Welding downhill is like pouring Lava over the steel." It just flows over the surface..
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I tell my son that "Welding downhill is like pouring Lava over the steel." It just flows over the surface..
lol..thats actualy a good way to put it
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I would have back grinded some. It's not what you get on it as much as what you get into it. I would run a root pass then capped it. May be over kill but I'm used to pipe welding. My opinion, I thought you did fine for as little hands on experience you have. It is hard to weld rust. Grind it out, fill it, grind out again until you get a solid weld joint. Its all part of the game. Have fun with it.
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