only 2nd time of mig welding

  1. andy28

    andy28 Member

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    I know these welds are not great but still learning any advice welcome..
    Thanks
    Andy
     
  2. Wozzaaah

    Wozzaaah The wizard of woz Staff Member

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    There's no point in saying otherwise as it won't help you to learn...... they're awful!
    Looks like you're travelling way too fast, slowing it down will allow you to run continuous beads rather than intermittent blobs.
    How thick is that steel and what machine are you using?
    Have you looked at our tutorials?
     
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  3. andy28

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    mate unsure on the thickness thanks for comments about speed mate, the mig is rated 40-160 if i'm reading it right with 6 power setting, it was my dad's but he passed away so now I've got it and looking to make a big improvement..
    Thanks
    Andy
     
  4. daedalusminos Member

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    Oh dear, what was the first time like? :clapping:

    What machine is it, gasless or gas, what gas?

    Unsure on thickness....give us a rough idea
     
  5. andy28

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    about 3mm steel and argon/co2 gas..
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    Thanks Andy
     
  6. daedalusminos Member

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    Check the wire isn't rusty, if so change it and the liner.
    Clean your metal...both where welding and where the earth connects.
    You'll need to be near max power setting for 3mm
     
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  7. daedalusminos Member

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    Should have said, I agree with @Wozzaaah , looks like you're skating across the surface, do you have good view/steady hand?!
     
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  8. postie jon Member

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    dont be disheartened,everyone has or had to learn at some point, i will never forget my welding tutor at college on the 2nd day "looks like puppy sheet in the snow".... :thumbup:
     
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  9. andy28

    andy28 Member

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    mate my hands are not always very steady due to my disability ..
    mate good point as I feel will get there in end..
     
  10. Mark 2 Member

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    I'm the only one seeing Clint Eastwood firing a gun to the left it seems. I actually thought this was an art piece.
     
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  11. Richiew Tungsten Sharpener

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    Use both hands on the torch to keep it steady. It is extremely important to be comfortable, rest your arms on the bench if you are able to. Don't be afraid of the sparks and the heat. Don't start moving straight away. Let a weld pool form and then slowly move the torch. I remember watching a mate trying to weld with no prior experience and it looked a lot like what you have produced. It's a slow deliberate movement with torch that you want to be aiming for.
     
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  12. postie jon Member

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    shouldve gone to specksavers......
     
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  13. andy28

    andy28 Member

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    thank you mate I get the point on movement think also will give her a service...
     
  14. andy28

    andy28 Member

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    newwelds.jpg newwelds2.jpg
    well 3 time of trying this time on thin steel adjustment made to setting..
     
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  15. You still haven't cleaned the steel. You will not get good results until you do.
     
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  16. andy28

    andy28 Member

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    ok mate I get that..
     
  17. Rusty

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    Looking much better though :thumbup:
     
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  18. andy28

    andy28 Member

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    thank you mate I feel getting there..
     
  19. north Member

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    Bird poop...People are afraid of giving some juice. Look at the backside of the metalsheet. If it burn through you gona see it...Little burnthrough on the backside. :o
     
  20. Yamhon

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    If you're right handed you can hold the gun in your right hand and then use your left hand to prop yourself up or steady your harm. However make sure you don't have your hands too close to the arc. I find having my elbow to the opposite hand holding the gun resting on the work surfacing that its hand resting on my gun hands arm helpful to keep me steady when welding.
     
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