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Old 11-08-2019, 02:21 PM
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It concerns me that you dont have any tips. Lol
You need to practice a lot more before you attempt this project.

You travel speed is erratic and you hand is not steady enough.

Also your welds were too cold that you posted but until you get your
manipulation down, it is hard to tell.
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Old 11-08-2019, 02:25 PM
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You need to practice a lot more before you attempt this project.

You travel speed is erratic and you hand is not steady enough.

Also your welds were too cold that you posted but until you get your
manipulation down, it is hard to tell.

Should I practice with nickel rod, to get the flow down with that material, or use whatever?
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Old 11-08-2019, 03:03 PM
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Should I practice with nickel rod, to get the flow down with that material, or use whatever?
6011, 6013 or 7018 on mild steel plate.

Ni-rod will be 'easier' than those above, but for $35 a pound they were almost weld themselves.
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Old 11-08-2019, 04:06 PM
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Ill practice all night saturday, Ill preheat the spare housing sunday and work on my form. If I think I can get it done, Ill do it. If i need to practice more I absolutely will
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Old 11-08-2019, 08:29 PM
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If i need to practice more I absolutely will
There is no IF!

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Make some tests.
get some thicker material 3/16, 1/4" and crank up the amps 110 amps minimum and see how it goes.
Idea is to get the voltage up a bit more for the rods to work.
try to find out what amperage your rods like.

at the same time try some 6013 on 1/8" steel.
6013 has a low penetration you may have to bevel the 1/8" or weld from both sides.
the 3 in the 6013 is considered flat only.

As for your breakage test a hammer will not do, clamp the part in a vise and try to twist it apart with a big adj.-wrench.
run a bead on one side and see what it takes to break it.

Looks and penetration is another whole learning curve.
You know OR maybe not.
when you do something and all of a sudden it clicks and you say to yourself I get it now.

The test I laid out was to help it click, but use new clean steel.

I just consider myself a hobbyist when welding and would do 20 times better than you, that is something I would not weld with my skill level and would look for someone else to weld it for me.
I lost count but I think I have about 6 welders, not something you learn in a week.

The whole penetration thing is what I need help with. run one bead, try to butt join two pieces, then break that joint you would see what I'm saying.

I don't get it but it seems penetration is about 1/2 the rod thickness on average.
I run rods quite a bit hotter then most and with a weave.
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