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Old 08-25-2012, 09:58 PM   #61
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One of the welds on a bumper I'm fabricating, it's 3/16" plate welded to 1/4" done with an arc welder

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Here are some tig welds i did at work. Stainless pipe. Some are left hand some are right hand depending on my position. See if you can guess which are left or right. These are Uncleaned welds.

Personally in my builds I usually use .035 gasless flux core in my Hobart handler 140 and it burns in nice and deep and makes really really nice looking welds. I will have to snap some pics from my jeep soon.










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Here are some tig welds i did at work. Stainless pipe. Some are left hand some are right hand depending on my position. See if you can guess which are left or right. These are Uncleaned welds.

Personally in my builds I usually use .035 gasless flux core in my Hobart handler 140 and it burns in nice and deep and makes really really nice looking welds. I will have to snap some pics from my jeep soon.

Very nice looking weave there. Nice tight uniform welds.

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man that is some incredible work... 88lsxyj

after seeing that I don't wanna post any of my crap up .... lol
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Very nice!
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Thanks. Dont be discouraged. Trust me there are people much better then i. It's called walking the cup, takes a while to learn for most people. Some never get it. I am 30 and Been welding for 12 years off and on. Full time the last 6 or so. I enjoy it but am growing tired of it as a job.
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Very nice looking weave there. Nice tight uniform welds.

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Those welds are actually pretty loose lol. On that pipe I welded the pipe was cut by hand with a plasma and beveled with a grinder. The root pass with tig and another guy came on and filled it with flux core stainless mig. So my cap is only as smooth as his fillers. And as straight as the bevels. At other jobs it's done in a saw and have a beveler. It looks soooo much better
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my flux-core looks no where near this good ..i have got to be welding wrong or some thing ill go do some test welds tn and post pics maybe you guys can help me out
Hi ! I can give you a few tips on welding.

On the FCAW process(Flox Core Arc Welding) it is crucial to use the good type of gas. If you use only argon, it will not give the expected results. A mix of Argon and CO2 is the gas to have for Flox Core and MIG welding.(Argo-Mix) You will have the best of your machine as well.

You absolutely need to have a bottle/regulator if you want to have the best of flox core. I personally never use flox core without gaz. I use to weld 1" thick stainless steel plates on tanks for a chemical industry.

The most common wire size for flox core is .045 the .035 is ideal for Mig.

Assembly tip: When I assemble think plates I always put my tack welds on both ends of the plate. Like that I have a nice surface without tack to weld. ;-) I always spend an extra second on the tacks to make them melt.

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Here are some tig welds i did at work. Stainless pipe. Some are left hand some are right hand depending on my position. See if you can guess which are left or right. These are Uncleaned welds.

Personally in my builds I usually use .035 gasless flux core in my Hobart handler 140 and it burns in nice and deep and makes really really nice looking welds. I will have to snap some pics from my jeep soon.









Awesome hand man !!!!
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Hi ! I can give you a few tips on welding.

On the FCAW process(Flox Core Arc Welding) it is crucial to use the good type of gas. If you use only argon, it will not give the expected results. A mix of Argon and CO2 is the gas to have for Flox Core and MIG welding.(Argo-Mix) You will have the best of your machine as well.

You absolutely need to have a bottle/regulator if you want to have the best of flox core. I personally never use flox core without gaz. I use to weld 1" thick stainless steel plates on tanks for a chemical industry.

The most common wire size for flox core is .045 the .035 is ideal for Mig.

Assembly tip: When I assemble think plates I always put my tack welds on both ends of the plate. Like that I have a nice surface without tack to weld. ;-) I always spend an extra second on the tacks to make them melt.

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Guyzoo, first off welcome to the forum.

I would like to point out a couple of discrepencies. First, when welding with gas you should not be using flux-core wire. You will be using solid core wire. The flux-core is for welding when you do not have the availabity of gas, the weld is protected via the flux inside of the wire.

Secondly, as far as gasses go, for MIG (GMAW) welding you would not be using straight Argon. The two most popular choices are CO2 (straight carbon dioxide) and C25 (25% Carbon Dioxide and 75% Argon). Straight CO2 is used mainly by large production shops as it is quite a bit cheaper for refills. However, you get a much cleaner looking weld with the C25 gas but it does come at a little higher cost when it comes time to refill.

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Personally in my builds I usually use .035 gasless flux core in my Hobart handler 140 and it burns in nice and deep and makes really really nice looking welds. I will have to snap some pics from my jeep soon.
Post up some of the .035 flux core stuff if you can. I want something good to measure mine against.
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Zmotorsports, there are flux cored wires that require gas. Usually used in heavy industrial fabrication. Judging by the context of Guyzoo's post (1" plate welding, .045 wire...). I would say that is what he is referring to. Not the 110v flux core beginner machines.
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You are right. There is gasless flux core made for open work areas, and is a good strong filler but is quite dirty such as spatter and the tan powder that it leaves on surrounding areas.*

Then there is the dual shield flux core. Which is a extremely strong high tensil strength wire. It must be used with wire. There are multiple grades and some for stainless. Here are some pics of dual shield flux core that I welded in the shop. All welds are 3/8" beads or bigger. Some are multiple passes. Some are uncleaned (chipped) and some are blasted with a needle scaler.*









Here is a couple carbon tig welds on 3" pipe from back in the day.



Here is some gasless flux core I did on a rear end for a trans am. Old stuff. An a few from my jeep. Not proud of all of them but it's hard to make gasless flux core pretty lol




An a cage for same car



I have other really really nice welds from all different processes on my other phone but it busted. These are mostly old stuff.*
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Zmotorsports, there are flux cored wires that require gas. Usually used in heavy industrial fabrication. Judging by the context of Guyzoo's post (1" plate welding, .045 wire...). I would say that is what he is referring to. Not the 110v flux core beginner machines.
Okay, I stand corrected. On our thick/heavy plate at work we still use solid core wire with a tri-mix gas and spray arc our welds.

However, seeing as how we are not dealing with 1" thick plate on our Jeeps I didn't want people getting the wrong information and/or being confused when selecting wire and gasses.

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Yeah, ok.
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I'm a huge fan of DIY. I've done many mods by myself and saved a good amount of money. From windshield offtoading light mounts to paracord grab handles. The one thing I've been wanting to learn for years is how to weld. I'm taking all my monthly mod money and heading to harbor freight and buying myself a lower end welder an I'm gonna do my best to slowly learn to weld. Does anybody have any advice or suggestions on a lower end beginner welder? Thanks
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X3. I have seen people really fight with learning to weld with a welder that is not up to par, to the point of giving up they are so unsatisfied with their progress. I have helped a few and when they grab ahold of a gun attached to a good welder it is amazing how much better they do.

I would suggest getting a used quality welder and not putting yourself through the crap welder syndrome and stress.

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x4 I learned on a POS and wasnt very good at all....I bought the Miller I have now, and its like someone turned the lights on a blind man and he can see

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X5, good welders just don't go bad unless you use extension cords, then the capacitors break. If you don't want to wait for a Millermatic, Lincoln, or Snapon MuscleMig (best of the 3), look into a Clarke WE6000; you'll need to get better wire than it comes with.

All the other mini welders are battery charger circuits with little windshield wiper motors that have plastic feed wheels and latches, a bad combo. Stay away from them or you will handicap your welding skills, as ibuildem referred to.
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Doesn't count... you gotta know what that is first... ya, know - dundee style, lol

If you know what that wire does you don't need advice on welders, lmao
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Here's my first welds for my little welding table. Not bad for a newbie I think. It's a little messy but I have seen worse . Hobart handler 190.

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Not bad ..i have seen worse from supposed professional welders.
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Here are some tig welds i did at work. Stainless pipe. Some are left hand some are right hand depending on my position. See if you can guess which are left or right. These are Uncleaned welds.

Personally in my builds I usually use .035 gasless flux core in my Hobart handler 140 and it burns in nice and deep and makes really really nice looking welds. I will have to snap some pics from my jeep soon.
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i weld for a living. mostly tig welding high pressure pipe systems. power plants, refineries and such. for those of you want to learn may i suggest www.welderstipsandtricks.com tons of vids on how to weld from setting up migs to tig to stick,, well you get the idea. after you get an idea how it works its just hood time and then more hood time. ill try to take some pics too to add to the discussion
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This thread makes me wish I could be fabricating something right now... and that I could find a nice used MIG for sale.
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This thread makes me wish I could be fabricating something right now... and that I could find a nice used MIG for sale.
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