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Postby dgapilot » Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:53 pm

Lots better than last week. Beads are pretty straight. Watched the arc close and practiced pedal control. Got cheaters for the helmet, so I could see a little better. Cleaned the material better. Image


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Re: More practice

Postby LtBadd » Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:45 pm

Looks good David
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Re: More practice

Postby dgapilot » Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:41 am

Was able to keep more of a straight line, and more even bead width and penetration. Tried running a couple with pulse too. I ordered a stubby gas lens kit on eBay. Hopefully that will make the 26 torch a little more manageable! The TIG Finger is an absolute must, makes hand comfort so much better. I was having trouble with heat escaping from under the plate I was welding on and impinging on my wrist of my torch hand. Ended up using another plate on top of the one I was welding to deflect that.


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Re: More practice

Postby OzFlo » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:10 am

Don't be afraid to dunk that sucker in a bucket of water every few beads. It'll help keep the temperature manageable whilst you're maximising your seat time. There are some decent looking beads there David so stick with it. What you're doing is building in muscle memory and as with very new skill if you don't use it you lose it.

My Granddad was a professional bass player in jazz bands back in the 50's and 60's and he used to say to me "Adam, if I don't play her for a day, she leaves me for a week. If I don't play her for a week, she leaves me for a month. If I don't play her for a month, she leaves me for a year!" So true.

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Re: More practice

Postby cj737 » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:49 am

It does look heaps better! Another trick you can try, use an awl and scribe straight lines parallel to each other and weld between them. Set their width to your preferred bead size. This artificial edge will help you maintain your straight line control and offer you further help while welding to size and control your bead.

OzFlo wrote:My Granddad was a professional bass player in jazz bands back in the 50's and 60's and he used to say to me "Adam, if I don't play her for a day, she leaves me for a week. If I don't play her for a week, she leaves me for a month. If I don't play her for a month, she leaves me for a year!" So true.

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Re: More practice

Postby dgapilot » Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:31 pm

Unfortunately no practice this weekend. Trip up to NY for family stuff. I did make up a 15' extension for my ground cable.


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Re: More practice

Postby dgapilot » Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:18 pm

Got a couple hours practice in today. Nothing noteworthy other than dipping the tungsten a lot today! Just need more hood time!


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