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  • #16
    Kiss

    As others have said get comfortable. But before you lay your bead get into position and dry run your weld. Finding a comfortable spot that will let you weld all the way through without ending up in a funny position will help. Good luck and have fun

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    • #17
      texas has a good point, what i see in your work is lack of planning, which is good, most beginners have many more issues, you seem to have the basics of the phyiscal part of it working for you, you need to plan for each inch of weld, for example, the left side of the plate looks far different than the rest, telling me, you could not see much and the rod angle was not correct, practice

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      • #18
        how do my welds look?

        Thanks guys, I've gotten a fair amount better since this post. I figured out about the getting comfortable and planning the weld. I used to always get hung up towards the end of the weld by having to get in awkward positions to finish it out but I'm getting better at that. Right now were doing 6011 filler joint, 3 passes on each side and I'm trying my best to get good at it. They don't look horrible, but I know I can do better if I practice. Thanks everyone for the tips and advice

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        • #19
          beads

          They look pretty darn good to me!

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          • #20
            how do my welds look?

            Thank you!

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            • #21
              dont beat your self up too much on making 6011 or 6010 looking good, that rod produces an ugly bead, its a fast freeze rod, it has a totally different purpose than the rod that you have been using. it can be made to look ok, but it will never get that smooth look

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              • #22
                I agree, real good.

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                • #23
                  how do my welds look?

                  Yeah it was confusing at first because I was trying to use it like a 6013. They're starting to get better now, and look somewhat how they're supposed to look but they're definitely not as pretty as the 6013 beads. But I guess every rod has its place. Kinda bummed cause I got a new helmet and have to send it back because the head gear clip broke before I even got to use it. Thanks for all the tips and advice guys!

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                  • #24
                    welds

                    Very Good

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                    • #25
                      how do my welds look?

                      Thanks, I've improved a pretty good bit since this was taken, ill add more pics tomorrow. I've been doing 6011 for a few weeks and now we have moved to 7018 and I'm doing fairly good with it

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                      • #26
                        good job

                        you got lots of good advice, and your doing a good job

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                        • #27
                          how do my welds look?

                          There has been really good advice. This site has helped me a lot to improve my welds. Most of the time if I search for something using google I just end up coming here and finding the answer I was looking for a lot quicker. Now If I can just get my 7018 fillet welds down...

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