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  • My first time

    Sorry about the pictures--the camera didn't want to focus on the steel.

    So, this is my first attempt at welding.
















  • #2
    Well, you're off and running! Tell us what you are using (Flux Core Wire welder??), waht thickness that steel is, etc. To me, it looks like you are moving abit too slow, and possibly you power setting is too low.
    "Good Enough Never Is"

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Hotfoot View Post
      Well, you're off and running! Tell us what you are using (Flux Core Wire welder??), waht thickness that steel is, etc. To me, it looks like you are moving abit too slow, and possibly you power setting is too low.
      Hobart EZ 125 handler. Its set up with .30 wire. Unfortunately, the only thing I have to practice on is 1/8 flat bar I got at Farm and Barn (thinnest they had), and I set the machine to 1/16 (seeing as I don't have the thicker wire). I'll try again tonight and up the power setting, but don't know if that will work with the thinner wire. I'm just trying to lay beads anyway.

      I thought I was moving too fast! I couldn't see any metal actually "puddle"--just the arc. I felt like I was racing with the wire--I want to go slower but the wire kept on coming. Maybe I need to tighten the retainer knob inside?

      On the bright side: 1) I didn't hurt myself; 2) didn't set my fiance's place on fire; and 3) the two pieces of metal pictured actually are stuck together.

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      • #4
        1/8" is fine , thinner is more difficult. Just try upping the power setting. Listen for the sound of Bacon frying...when you hear that...you're cookin'!
        "Good Enough Never Is"

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        • #5
          Originally posted by WI_Greenhorn View Post
          the only thing I have to practice on is 1/8 flat bar I got at Farm and Barn (thinnest they had), and I set the machine to 1/16 (seeing as I don't have the thicker wire)
          You've mis-read the instructions; the machine is designed to run .030 wire through its entire thickness range. Set the machine for what the material thickness is, that's the whole idea.
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          • #6
            I just got a Hobart EZ Handler 125 and its nice for me considering i'm just using it for little projects around my house.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Zrexxer View Post
              You've mis-read the instructions; the machine is designed to run .030 wire through its entire thickness range. Set the machine for what the material thickness is, that's the whole idea.
              No I didn't. See page 20. 12 GA and up requires .35 wire

              http://www.hobartwelders.com/om/0900/o923c_hob.pdf

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              • #8
                Originally posted by WI_Greenhorn View Post
                No I didn't. See page 20. 12 GA and up requires .35 wire

                http://www.hobartwelders.com/om/0900/o923c_hob.pdf
                Greenhorn - I think if you look closely at the settings on page 20 (actually page 16) you will see that the 0.030 wire line goes all the way across. You can use either 0.035 or 0.030 wire on the higher ranges.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by WI_Greenhorn View Post
                  No I didn't. See page 20. 12 GA and up requires .35 wire

                  http://www.hobartwelders.com/om/0900/o923c_hob.pdf
                  yeah ya did

                  Look again- there is a Solid line for .030 all the way from 18g to 3/16th

                  .030 is good from 18g up to 3/16th
                  .035 is good from 12g up to 3/16th

                  12g does not require .035 what it is showing you is that .035 is good for 12 gauge and up and NOT good for anything thinner than 12g
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                  • #10
                    **** Smyrna that is the 2nd time we have posted at the same time
                    Ed Conley
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                    • #11
                      Ed - yeah but I must have beaten you by at least a mili-second
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by smyrna5 View Post
                        Ed - yeah but I must have beaten you by at least a mili-second
                        Must win a lot bids on E Bay
                        Ed Conley
                        Screaming Broccoli, Inc
                        http://www.screamingbroccoli.net/
                        MM252
                        MM211
                        Miller Passport Plus, Spoolmate 100
                        TA185
                        SO 2020 Bender
                        Miller 125c Plasma
                        "Hold my beer while I try this!"

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                        • #13
                          I stand corrected. Apparently, I am dumb.

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                          • #14
                            Don't think you are dumb Greenhorn. The chart is a bit hard to read, since the 0.35 line has a heavier weight. As a new welder there is a lot coming at you all at once. It is not as easy as it looks, so keep practicing and learning.
                            Lincoln 175HD
                            Miller Thunderbolt AC/DC
                            Smith AW1, Dillon (Henrob) Mark III & Smith Quickbraze Little Torch

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                            • #15
                              just remember with spacing and being humped up high that means fast and cold...dont know what shade lense you are using but you need to be able to see the puddle not the flux...the flux will lie to you

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