Re: [welding_group] Rod thickness not a big issue
- to the welder says, a good welded joint,* good penetration* well become visible welding seam
From: jbrookes40 <haiticare2011@...>
Sent: Saturday, 4 August 2012, 17:20
Subject: [welding_group] Rod thickness not a big issue
I learned welding from a union iron worker. He used 1/8 dia rod for nearly everything. 6011 and 6013 as I remember. The big thing to remember is to allow the arc to melt the metal on both sides of the weld. Then you can grind off and chip hammer to see what you have got. My iron worker friend spend a lot of time grind ing off welds and filling in where he had missed.
I need to emphasize that, if you have decent penetration (good melting of metal on both sides), then welds are very strong, even if they don't look good. Said iron worker said welds are a ton per inch strength.
--- In email@example.com, "rpellicer" <rpellicer@...> wrote:
> Hi everyone. I'm an absolute beginner at welding. I'm planning to get my first stick welder this week. I've done as much reading as I could before starting off.
> I've seen many references to amp settings for given rod sizes, but have not found info on what size rods to use for given material thickness. Is there any rule of thumb? I recognize that adjustments will have to be made while actually welding, but I just would like to know how to get to ballpark to start with.
> My first planned project is going to be a boat trailer using 1/8 c-channel.
> Thanks :)