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Re: SMAW class cancelled due to low registration.

Postby sedanman » Wed May 18, 2016 8:42 am

First class was Monday. Instructor is a good welder but not a good teacher. Brief safety talk, some oxy-acetalene instruction, we cut some coupons and after a very short arc strike demo we were set loose in a booth. I was hoping for a little direct observation and correction. Tonite, I'm going to drag a little more info out the instructor. I'll also post a picture of my pad of beads. The first session we were running 1/8 7014 on a/c on 3/8 plate. Machines are Idealarc A/C,D/C 250's, l just got one of these off Craigslist for $100.
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Re: SMAW class cancelled due to low registration.

Postby RocketSurgeon » Wed May 18, 2016 11:51 am

That was how my class started. Safety lecture>O/A torch instruction (so you can cut your own coupons)> brief machine introduction>start welding.

It isn't a bad way to teach a craft that is "hands on". As long as the instructor can weld and knows how to pass a weld test (and having a CWI cert helps), they should pass that on to you in the booth. If you feel you need more oversight, don't hesitate to speak up. I was a bit lost and nervous my first few nights, but I made sure to get his input as I progressed. As much as I could without being an interruption to the other students.

Hopefully, your instructor should catch on your your speed of learning and help you at your pace and not to the curriculum pace.
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Re: SMAW class cancelled due to low registration.

Postby sedanman » Wed May 18, 2016 1:42 pm

There are 5 students. If l were the instructor, l would have stopped by each booth and observed each student. We were told there would be no classroom time at all. I understand that seat time is important but a little theory goes a long way.
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Re: SMAW class cancelled due to low registration.

Postby RocketSurgeon » Wed May 18, 2016 2:53 pm

Is he not checking in with each of you at all? :shock:
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Re: SMAW class cancelled due to low registration.

Postby Louie1961 » Wed May 18, 2016 3:36 pm

Where in NY are you? I am by far not the best stick welder, but I would be happy to have you over and watch you burn rods for a couple of hours and compare notes. I am in CT near waterbury.
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Re: SMAW class cancelled due to low registration.

Postby Louie1961 » Wed May 18, 2016 3:38 pm

And if you want we could also do some TIG...same story. I am not the best, but I have the gear and we could compare notes.
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Re: SMAW class cancelled due to low registration.

Postby sedanman » Thu May 19, 2016 7:28 am

RocketSurgeon, Not once.
Louie1961, I'm in Pawling NY. , southeast corner of Dutchess County. I have a small workshop in Beacon NY too. P.M. me, I'm interested
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Re: SMAW class cancelled due to low registration.

Postby sedanman » Thu May 19, 2016 7:33 am

Here's a pad of beads l did last night. I have covered 3 coupons this size both sides in 2 sessions. I am making use of seat time. Most of these were 7014 then l took the plunge and tried some 7018, a little more difficult to initiate an arc but I'll get it . I need to work on filling the crater at the end of my beads and l know they're not stacked perfectly but here for your viewing pleasure..........
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Re: SMAW class cancelled due to low registration.

Postby sedanman » Thu May 19, 2016 7:37 am

I tried switching direction, didn't work well so l stopped. I will spens a lot of time working with my non dominant hand next time as this is something that must be done. The beads appear to switch direction on this pad because I started in the center of a warped plate to see if l could pull it flat, worked quite well. There are also tie-ins about every third bead, I'm burning every rod down to about 1 1/2 inch. Other students are dropping rods that aren't long enough to make a full pass. I figure tie-ins are part of the process so I better practice them
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Re: SMAW class cancelled due to low registration.

Postby RocketSurgeon » Thu May 19, 2016 7:58 am

sedanman wrote:I tried switching direction, didn't work well so l stopped. I will spens a lot of time working with my non dominant hand next time as this is something that must be done. The beads appear to switch direction on this pad because I started in the center of a warped plate to see if l could pull it flat, worked quite well. There are also tie-ins about every third bead, I'm burning every rod down to about 1 1/2 inch. Other students are dropping rods that aren't long enough to make a full pass. I figure tie-ins are part of the process so I better practice them


Looking real good! Don't worry about trying to do everything the first week. One step at a time.

When you end the bead and still have plenty of rod left (especially 7018), take the rod out of the stinger and tap the end to remove the excess flux. It helps with restart of the rod and you are less likely to have scorch marks on the work.

(Honestly, your first pad looks better than my first.) :lol:
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