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Old 11-11-2012, 08:55 AM   #121
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All it takes is practice... I weld 4 a living... I use mig and stic...

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Old 11-11-2012, 04:04 PM   #122
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It does take practice. Lots of practice and welding for a living definately gets you that kind of time.

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Old 11-11-2012, 04:11 PM   #123
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:11 PM   #124
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Heres a tip. No matter what kind of welding you're doing, make yourself comfortable. If you're welding in a fixed position like most people do on small projects then it should be no problem. you cant have a good lookin bead if you're constantly shaking or burning yourself. And make sure you dont start and stop a hundred times for just one weld.
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:48 PM   #125
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Some stainless steel 3" tubing. Tig of course
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:09 AM   #126
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Ground the ends down on my ground clamp to bare metal.
It kinda came to me like a lightbulb that I always clean to bare metal where I hook the clamp on, but the clamp itself was kinda crusty (the machines almost 10 years old now).
Such a smoother arc.



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Old 11-22-2012, 08:36 AM   #127
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Ground the ends down on my ground clamp to bare metal.
It kinda came to me like a lightbulb that I always clean to bare metal where I hook the clamp on, but the clamp itself was kinda crusty (the machines almost 10 years old now).
Such a smoother arc.
Also. Turned the wire speed down a little bit.



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Old 12-31-2012, 12:38 PM   #128
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:26 PM   #129
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some stainless welding at work
Thats nice. good gas coverage too
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:27 PM   #130
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I don't have any of my welds. I do have some of me TIG welding though! I think they look pretty cool. It has been a couple months since I've welded they actually paid for me to go back to school now I'm in the office doing 3D drafting for them.
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:57 PM   #132
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Some stainless steel 3" tubing. Tig of course
Must be an orbital welder. Those are pricey.
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Must be an orbital welder. Those are pricey.
You are very right. Helpful though. Takes bout a min per weld. And five to ten min to program if you know what youre doing
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:09 AM   #134
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This is a great thread with terrific talent and teachers. We used to build car wash equipment for the industry (coin-operated). Years ago the industry built with steel, then galvanized and we then shifted to stainless. Sold the retail business years ago so still have all the equipment we used for manufacturing.

Still own car washes so we use the shop to repair or manufacture as needed for our systems, but have also put in a lift to work on fun projects for the Jeeps and a few of my Jeep friends also use it to do their thing on their Jeeps.
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:50 PM   #135
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What's a good way to get metal cheap or free scrap metal? Like tubing and sheet?
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:45 AM   #136
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:39 PM   #137
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Stainless steal tig root pass, if there are any pipe welders out there you'll understand.
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:40 PM   #138
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Rear bump cans on my JK, Miller 212
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:34 PM   #139
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You are very right. Helpful though. Takes bout a min per weld. And five to ten min to program if you know what youre doing
Pretty hard to make a hand weld as nice as the orbital does, we run ami's in our shop what brand is yours.
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Stainless steal tig root pass, if there are any pipe welders out there you'll understand.
now your in my world.
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:25 PM   #141
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About halfway threw with my intro to welding class at my local community collage. Here's one of my first attempts at arc.

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I have some experence with mig. Just never touched arc or torch welding before this class.
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:22 PM   #142
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Anyone in the northern va area? I need some welding expertise
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For some reason I have paid no attention to this thread...what was I thinking??? after reading this I went out to the garage and laid down the best welds I have ever done. I don't hold a candle to Rick or Z's stuff a couple posts ago, but great for me. I tried the cursive "e" method discussed earlier and it really worked great.

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This was with my Lincoln 135ST mig and .035" flux core. I really need to get some gas, but I have a 30# spool of flux to use up.
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:45 PM   #144
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Wow everybody! Cool thread! I'm a very novice welder, but I've got to say, other than that one hiccup a page or so ago, this has been the nicest thread I've read on a forum in a long time! Everyone is helpful and complimentary and there aren't any egos or pissing contests going on. Thanks guys, I've learned a lot reading this and have enjoyed it a ton!
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:51 PM   #145
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nice job im a pipefitter welder myself
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:58 PM   #146
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im really enjoying this thread ive been welding for about for years HPS ( High Pressure Steam) and it rough im still learning wanting to fab up some bumpers keep burning that rod thats what my instructor saus . thats the only way us rookies will get good. and no one can teach you to weld you must teach your self . and if it was that easy everyone would be doing it this thread rocks
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Old 03-07-2013, 05:08 PM   #147
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I went to school to be a welding fitter, passed with a GPA of 3.04 out of 4(one of top graduates of my class) but without experience, no one wants to hire you. Once I asked during an interview for a job years ago after being turned down: How do you get experience when no one hires you? They had no comment to return during that interview...

Working in a refinery, a position for welding came up in my department, I applied for it as I was the most qualified, the forman turned me down, I asked him why? He said I wasnt artsty fartsy enuff...??????????????

I decided to give up on that trade after applying almost everywhere in my province
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:32 PM   #148
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an old project

It's been out in the weather. It's mig.
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Really enjoyed reading all the helpful info. Thanks
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:09 PM   #150
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