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  • 1/2" steel to shipping container - Which electrode/size/amps

    hi, I'm going to be welding a shipping container to a foundation.

    The container will sit on top of 1/2" steel plates.

    Different sections of the container have different thicknesses.

    For example the corner posts of the container are about 3/4" thick.

    And the bottom rail of the container that connects from one side to the other (its basically an I beam) is about a little more that 1/8 inch thick.

    So basically there will be 2 welding tasks:

    - 1/2" plate to 3/4" shipping container steel

    - 1/2" plate to 1/8" shipping container steel

    They'll all be filet welds in the horizontal position.

    My question is: any recommendations on type of welding (stick, mig, etc), type and size of electrode, and amperage?

    Thanks.

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    This is much more of a "which machine can I get there the easiest, and what process is it already set up for?" Set it up more to weld the thinner of the materials, but focus more of the heat on the thicker. Within a few minutes of experience, you'll get your dials and technique set as well as you need.

    But that said, if you go with a wire feeder, I'm guessing you'll want flux-cored wire instead of the MIG process. I'm assuming you are welding contaminated steel, and probably outdoors.

    Why are you welding it down? That says a lot about how well you need to do so.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by MAC702 View Post
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      Why are you welding it down? That says a lot about how well you need to do so.
      I would like to know that too.....

      Dale


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