I have been welding for a little while now( I have a HH 187). I have a question about penetration of the metal. I have been using 1/8" steel and practising welding pieces together. The pieces are butted. I am not sure how far the weld should penetrate. When I weld, should the steel pieces be butted tightly together? It seems to only go about 1/4 the way through. I have the settings correct as to the manual. I get a large bead on top. I am keeping the wire about 3/8" extended when I weld, about a 15 deg angle. I drag, not push.How deep should the penetration be? Should it be comletely through? What speed should I be moving at?(inches per minute).
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