Welding Tip

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  1. tom3

    tom3 Veteran Member

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    Is your polarity right? Different for gas and flux. I saw a hint to get a piece of thick stranded copper wire, bare, put it between your grounding clamp and the metal you're welding, more surface area for a better connection.
     
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    Probably a bunch of little things all adding up against you. If you have the option, use solid wire with gas, make sure polarity is right, whip is in good shape and passing wire smoothly, new tip with correct size for wire, clean ground, clean material. Gas works great as long as u are in out of the wind. Open up the side of the welder where the wire spool goes, u may find a chart there for polarity, wire size, metal guage, wire feed speed etc.
     
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    anyone who says you NEED shielding gas does NOT know how to weld

    PRACTICE is key as well as very very clean metal

    find a bunch of scrap metal & play with different amp setting/wire speeds etc

    the welds on that seat frame will never be seen so as long as they are strong enough it doesn't matter what they look like

    and anyone who says a good welder doesn't grind their welds is wrong too...if you need to grind off a lump & hit it again it's fine
     
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    Also check the small roller wheel that pushes the wire. Mine got out of adjustment and the wire wasn't in the groove correctly so it was an intermittent push on the wire. Also make sure the wire is the correct diameter for the roller. Too small of wire and the roller won't push it.
     
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    I'm not sure what's going on, but its pissing me off!!! I can get a nice spot weld with a sizzle about 1 out of 6-8 trigger pulls. I just whipped out a piece of steel and held the trigger down and it will weld...but the short spot welds won't work!
     
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    That's weird. Does sound like a ground/ cleanliness issue.
    When it doesnt spot weld nicely, does it continue to push wire out with no welding activity? Or does it stop pushing wire out.
     
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    It basically pops like I don't have a good ground, the whole wire turns bright red. But the metal is clean and I even put the ground very close to the weld spot. Its hit and miss without even messing with the ground.
     
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    Without being there, I can only think it isn't feeding the wire consistently.
     
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    or I wonder if the shielding is preventing the wire from making the arc???
    Kinda like stick welding where you gotta smack the end of the rod to chip off some of the flux so you can get a good scratch start??
     
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    I had this happened on my welder after replacing the wire spool, turns out that the other end of the new wire spool wasn't tucked in properly and is sticking out a bit too much and every now and then would make contact on the housing.
     

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