Stick Welding Hints & Tips
Always read and follow the safety precautions and operational instructions
in your owner's manual.
|1. Take precautions
with flying materials when chipping slag.
|2. Keep electrodes
clean and dry - follow manufacturer's recommendations.
|3. Common steel
electrodes: (Refer to Diagram 8.
Recommended Stick Electrodes)
DCEN - Least penetration, AC - medium (can be more spatter also),
DCEP - most penetration.
|5. When welding
a fillet, the leg of the weld should be equal to the thickness
of the parts welded. (Refer to Diagram
10. Recommended Fillet Weld Thickness)
set your amperage control, first determine recommended amp range
for your electrode type and diameter. Then pick an amperage within
the range based on your metal thickness (thinner metal, less amps). (Refer
to Diagram 7. Example of Good and Bad Stick Welds)
Drag electrode across workpiece like striking a match; lift electrode slightly
after touching work. If arc goes out, electrode was lifted too high. If electrode
sticks to workpiece, use a quick twist to free it.
Bring electrode straight down to workpiece; then lift slightly to start arc.
If arc goes out, electrode was lifted too high. If electrode sticks to workpiece,
use a quick twist to free the electrode.
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