Beginner hobby/auto maintainer training

  1. TerryPAG Member

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    I was passing through Bristol on Friday, so I called at Machine Mart Lawrence Hill and bought some more 5mm thread tips. Just as well, when I got home at midnight there was the parcel from Machine Mart containing more tips, but they were industrial tips, 6mm thread. I fitted a new tip Saturday morning and got welding again. I am improving now, but still not welding in long straight lines. You say it may take about an hour of practice, so I will persevere. Thanks again for your help. I will let you know when I am ready to progress, or need more help.

    Thanks again,

    Terry
     
  2. TerryPAG Member

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    Midsomer Norton Somerset England
    Hi CJ,
    tell me again how you move your torch hand steadily and slowly! Adrian laid his left hand, like a clenched fist, on the sheet being welded, and pushed his right hand along his forefinger using his left thumb Last Wednesday I think you were resting one hand on the material being welded, and slowly slid your torch hand along it. I still tend to move both hands together.

    Is this how you do it? As a right handed man, should I weld from left to right, or right to left?

    Best wishes,

    Terry
     
  3. Country Joe Argoshield Dark

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    Sorry, did I miss this?
    I've been away from civilisation almost entirely, recently - so it's not un-likely!

    I would normally weld from left to right, but I'm mostly left handed - so I'd expect you to be going the opposite way.
    If I were to weld from right to left, I'd have to either change hands, change my position or turn the work-piece around to avoid a "pulling" motion.

    (Pulling is thought of as ok when using flux-cored, gas-less wire, so I've heard - and is conveniently in keeping with the saying "Where there's slag, you drag" (the electrode), which would apply to arc/mma/stick welding, that leaves a layer of slag on top of the weld, as does gas-less mig wire, albeit to a slightly lesser extent.)

    I think the main reason for resting the torch-hand on my "spare" hand, is more to maintain the correct torch angle - raising the torch hand will naturally make the angle steeper, which can be too shallow, if the torch hand is resting directly on the work-piece.

    At risk of sounding like a broken record, I suspect your travel speed might be too quick still - maybe?
    Anyway, just as before - if you get any problems with any aspect of it, give me a call, PM, or even just post on here - I can always drop round.

    And that's not just because the space/layout you've got there is a bit of a dream-scape to work in, of course!

    All the Best,
    CJ
     
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