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Postby Gene.243 » Wed Jun 21, 2017 4:50 pm

I am a hobby welder and want learn to weld aluminum. I would like to post pictures of my welding progress to see if it helps motivate me to improve.
Here is yesterday's effort.
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Re: My progress

Postby LtBadd » Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:56 pm

The weld at the bottom looks pretty good, I'd recommend when ending your weld backing off the pedal slower and add filler to eliminate the flat spot and crater
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Re: My progress

Postby Gene.243 » Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:10 pm

Thank you,
I'll give that a try.
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Re: My progress

Postby Gene.243 » Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:27 pm

I managed to get some more practice. Here is this morning's work.
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Re: My progress

Postby pgk » Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:02 am

Your getting there Gene, like Richard mentioned just make sure to lower amperage at the end of the bead and add extra filler, craters and the end are known for cracking.
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Re: My progress

Postby Gene.243 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:11 pm

Still making headways.
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Re: My progress

Postby nelson » Fri Jun 23, 2017 11:36 pm

Not too shabby! How thick is the plate?
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Re: My progress

Postby Gene.243 » Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:13 am

It's 1/8 inch thick.
Just like Jodi says to start with.
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Re: My progress

Postby Gene.243 » Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:13 am

Today was more about playing than serious practice but I did learn how much power it takes to weld the middle bead in this pattern.
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Re: My progress

Postby Gene.243 » Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:35 pm

Since I was playing I decided to try some lap joints and eventually ended up getting to joints similar to the ladder I want to build. Here is the good one.
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