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Welding for the first time

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by CHEVY 4WD, Dec 21, 2002.

  1. CHEVY 4WD

    CHEVY 4WD 1/2 ton status

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    WOW its hard today I welded for the first time witha stick welder It dosent look hard but it is I really think those self shadding masks must be nice AHH my eyes /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     
  2. TX Mudder

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    I picked up a auto darkenign helmet for like $80 on sale. It's not fancy, but it works.
    I haven't tried stick welding, but MIG is not too bad.
    -- Mike
     
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    MIG aint nothin compared to using stick. You have to get the rod in just the right position or it will just stick and not arc. You also have to get the heat just right or the weld will be weak or just burn holes in the metal. And on top of that you have to know which rods to use. I have only done it a couple times, but I want to learn more.
     
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    it isnt that hard. im only 16 and can make my stick weld beads look just like mig weld beads. its just a matter of practice. plus, u hafta have good rods. cheap rods suck. they will consistantly break the arc or stick to the piece u r welding. and dont let the rods get damp or wet. o yea, mig is a breeze once u can stick weld. the first time i picked up a mig gun was about 5 months ago....i laid down a perfect bead. the only trick is to keep the gun moving consistantly. hope this helps

    NITRO
     
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    I can weld pretty good with a MIG. I've just recently started trying to weld with stick, and I think I've done pretty good so far, considering I tried to learn on my own without any help at all.
     
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    AHH my eyes

    [/ QUOTE ] As insane as this sounds, when your sitting around wanting to rip your eyeballs out cause the burn and feel like they have sand in them, cut some potato slices and lay them on your eyes.

    I have had to do this, and as much as I hate to admit it, my beloved wife thought it was hillarious and snapped a pic of me. /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    Post the pictures!
     
  8. DieselDan

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    I'ld recommend a night course at the local Vo-Tech to really bone-up on welding. It's money well spent. Once you got the basics down, practice, practice, practice. Stick welding (Arc, SMAW) is where the skill starts, MIG is for lttle girls /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif, and after you get good start playing with TIG (woo pretty )
     
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    I've been MIG welding for about 10 years and I agree it is pretty easy. Haven't stick welded for umpteen years but why would you. Anything that might need welded on a blazer anyway can be done with a mig. MIG is so much cleaner than a stick. A better weld is a safer weld in my book... Just starting to learn how to TIG. That is fun... Nice looking welds and very strong.
     
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    For frame work and heavier metals stick rules (or do you have a 400A mig ? /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif)
     

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