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Old 03-02-2009, 07:47 PM
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Default Stick Weld Aluminum

Antbody ever stick welded aluminum? I know they make the rods, but I don't know anybody that haver used them. I have a jon boat that needs a little welding and I was thinking about trying it. I have ac/dc.
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Old 03-02-2009, 08:25 PM
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I tried it one night when I was on shift work. Decided to mess around when I found some rods left out.
Long story short - made a mess. Didn't know what I was doing and BOY, does aluminum disappear quicky

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Old 03-02-2009, 08:34 PM
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i dont think it will work good on thin stuff.

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Old 03-02-2009, 08:38 PM
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don't do a john boat with stick...unless you want a bigger hole
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Old 03-02-2009, 09:15 PM
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That's what I was afraid of. I guess my best bet then is braze with alum rod...
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Old 03-02-2009, 10:06 PM
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I've used the stick rods, and like was said, don't try it on thin stuff. I use a spool gun for aluminum work, which has been a long time ago now.
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Old 03-02-2009, 10:20 PM
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I have used it a lot for welding 3" pipe bungs into 3/8" wall aluminum tanks, PITA to work with, as others have said not good for not for thin stuff. Rod disappears quickly, lots of smoke and very hard to see the arc puddle, because the rod is used up quickly, very hard to get a good looking bead. Spool gun or tig for thinner materials.

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Old 03-03-2009, 05:09 AM
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What are the areas in particular your needing to fix and material thickness's of these areas?
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I admit I've never done it, just tig and mig of aluminum.
but I've witnessed it, and I've seen the results.

Best description I've heard of it was from a poster (on another forum)

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Old 03-03-2009, 11:12 PM
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I used to see advertisments for aluminum welding rod that was suposed to work with a propane torch.
I don't recall the name of it but it might serve your needs if you can find it.


Here's the link

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