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Farmwelding wrote:I would love to help but for some reason I keep getting issues when I go to look at your pictures. You might want to try posting them directly here.
Dblock55 wrote:Hey all,
Im pretty new to welding and have been practicing a bit recently with a lincoln electric 180 welder w/ a 230v power supply. been practicing on 1.75" by 0.95" DOM tubing as im fixing to weld up a roll cage, because racecar. According to the chart on the welder ideal setting are 5 WS and E for Voltage... been running it on 4.5WS and E for voltage as i was getting a lot of splatter at 5 WS. Using 75/25 argon co2 mix for shielding. Here are some of my samples. Any advice is appreciated! Cleaned the first weld up with a wire wheel which is why its so chrome looking... here they are, didnt want to compress images so here are the direct links.
Farmwelding wrote:Work in some basic plate first and let us see those as well. Get a solid rhythm and pattern before working in anything critical. Listened to one of the tips and tricks podcasts yesterday where they were talking about care about what you do. If a weld fails and you cause harm to anyone even if you aren't liable, that's is the worst feeling ever. Building a bridge or frame of a vehicle. I don't know about most people but I know sure as hell I want the gun on the end of that rod or gun to know what he is doing and cares. Take the Minneapolis bridge a few years back. A coupe of guys failed to do the braces under the bridge properly and sure enough people got hurt. Keep up the work and keep posting for us to help you. But if it is something that has to happen tomorrow or soon than take the others advice and hire it done.