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94xjsport94

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I'm 21 and work in industrial maintenance/ engineer and love to weld and fab stuff up at work and at home. I built a POS XJ on tons and have built and machined some kinda neat stuff at work. I don't have any welding certs yet and I start machining tool classes tomorrow. I have a degree in electronics but pictures of that aren't as cool. I like all types of welding. Burning rods is fun, migging is easier to pick up and throw something together for me though, and I'm learning TIG in my spare time.

This was from tonight. About the second time I have messed with the TIG at work. It's a Miller Dynasty 200 running off 460v, set on DC, lift arc, RMT STD, at 110 amps. 1/4" stainless from the scrap bin I found. I don't know what all the buttons or settings do so forgive my ignorance if they're wrong or I'm being a dumbass with it. Once I finished I realized I didn't really have a defined pattern I was doing with the torch, I was just happy with what resulted. I was going in O's letting the filler Rod get pulled into the puddle instead of "walking the cup" or just dabbing the rod and pushing the puddle.

These were horizontal right to left welds on the flat bar. Sorry, for the shoddy pics, people are finicky about phones at our plant.
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Here are some other random welds I've done.
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Now, I'd love some tips and advise on any and everything. Post pics of welding, fab, or machinist related stuff!
 

Jacobmc

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It looks good..a little more practice with the stainless and it will look better..to me stainless tig welding is really easy anod clean..I don't know why so many people make their mig welds look like stacked dimes but I was never taught that way

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clemsonjeep

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Jacobmc said:
I don't know why so many people make their mig welds look like stacked dimes but I was never taught that way

I get that same argument from a buddy of mine that went to a welding school of some sort. I've always assumed he did some pipe welding or something along those lines...but he's always giving me crap for doing what you're talking about and what we see in just about every build.
 

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I was told the same thing. Our life long welder at work says its just for appearance.
 
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TBItoy

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Re: Re: Do we have a welding thread on here?

Elliott said:
5 bro's. What gas are you running to make those look that clean?
We run 90/10 and 95/5 argon/oxygen mix at work mostly.

Makes a super clean weld with barely any splatter. But the puddle is very fluid compared to using 75co2/25argon. Harder to weld out of position. We usually flip and rotate frame for welding so it's not an issue.
 
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Elliott said:
5 bro's. What gas are you running to make those look that clean?

75/25 and a swipe after with the welding glove to knock that tan dust off and inspect the weld. In my opinion it only takes one :eek: for someone to decide your shop sucks. My name is on the line with every pass is the way I look at it.
 

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Just got a tig setup and trying to learn how to use it I will say if you are looking for a cheap tig setup that has a lot of features the alpha tig 200 has been great so far





 

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Re: Re: Re: Do we have a welding thread on here?

mdo817 said:
Are those Dollar General or Walmart hangers Jason.

Family dollar, they got the higher silica rods, really lets the puddle flow!
 

94xjsport94

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I'm comfortable with welding almost anything other than aluminum. And it's really really hot when it burns through and falls in your boot.
 

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