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    Default can not lay a consistent bead

    im starting to get a little frustraded with my stick welding. i can run a bead using any weive technique and it looks great very consistent with the amount of beads i make, however, when i just run a stright bead with no weive one will look good and bad and good. i dont under stand what im doing wrong. iv ask my instructor for help, but he just says keep practicing.

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    Amps and rod?

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    im at about 115-120a using 1/8 7018 rod. on 3/8 steel plate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrman View Post

    iv ask my instructor for help, but he just says keep practicing.
    Yup....Bob
    Bob Wright, Grandson of Tee Nee Boat Trailer Founder
    Metal Master Fab Salem, Oh 44460
    Birthplace of the Silver & Deming Drill
    1999 MM185 w/185 Spoolgun,1986 Thunderbolt AC/DC
    Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
    http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...php?albumid=48

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    Can you post some pictures?

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    Is your steel plate large enough so you are not crowding your welds, bump up the heat about 10 amps or so, keep the rod plum with your work, but leaning back 10 to 15% in direction of travel, keep a tight arc, grasp the stinger loosely, feel for the rod to be trying to push it along after its started, 7018 is known for that, just go with it once you get it started

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    Yup, about 10 amps more.....when beginning concentrate on bracing your shoulders and letting your body "float" while focusing on the rod being stable...I use one finger from the other hand as a rest (similar to holding the barrel of a gun. Do not squeeze the rod as you will get burned.....keep your standoff height steady....u will get the hang of dragging the rod then maintaining height at the same time.....be patient. Maske sure rods are cooked(hot) much easier to work with for a beginner....
    Quote Originally Posted by kevin View Post
    Is your steel plate large enough so you are not crowding your welds, bump up the heat about 10 amps or so, keep the rod plum with your work, but leaning back 10 to 15% in direction of travel, keep a tight arc, grasp the stinger loosely, feel for the rod to be trying to push it along after its started, 7018 is known for that, just go with it once you get it started

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    thanks a lot ill give it a try. its funny, when i first saw arc welding i thought it look easy. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrman View Post
    thanks a lot ill give it a try. its funny, when i first saw arc welding i thought it look easy. LOL
    It is easy, after you have burned a couple hundred pounds of rod.

    Griff

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    Then when you get the weld looking real good switch hands and practice with that one. Because some day you will need to weld with it...Bob
    Bob Wright, Grandson of Tee Nee Boat Trailer Founder
    Metal Master Fab Salem, Oh 44460
    Birthplace of the Silver & Deming Drill
    1999 MM185 w/185 Spoolgun,1986 Thunderbolt AC/DC
    Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.
    http://www.millerwelds.com/resources...php?albumid=48

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