Nov 18, 2008

Stick Welding Hints & Tips

Always read and follow the safety precautions and operational instructions in your owner's manual.

1. Take precautions with flying materials when chipping slag.
2. Keep electrodes clean and dry - follow manufacturer's recommendations.
3. Common steel electrodes: (Refer to Diagram 8. Recommended Stick Electrodes)
4. Penetration: DCEN - Least penetration, AC - medium (can be more spatter also), DCEP - most penetration.
5. When welding a fillet, the leg of the weld should be equal to the thickness of the parts welded. (Refer to Diagram 10. Recommended Fillet Weld Thickness)

6. To set your amperage control, first determine recommended amp range for your electrode type and diameter. Then pick an amperage within the range based on your metal thickness (thinner metal, less amps). (Refer to Diagram 7. Example of Good and Bad Stick Welds)

Scratch Start TechniqueDrag electrode across workpiece like striking a match; lift electrode slightly after touching work. If arc goes out, electrode was lifted too high. If electrode sticks to workpiece, use a quick twist to free it.1. Electrode2. Workpiece3. Arc
Tapping TechniqueBring electrode straight down to workpiece; then lift slightly to start arc. If arc goes out, electrode was lifted too high. If electrode sticks to workpiece, use a quick twist to free the electrode.1. Electrode2. Workpiece3. Arc

Nov 16, 2008

Texas State and Longhorn Receiver Hitch Cover

A friend of mine Johnny is a very artistic and skilled welder fabricator. I recently visited him at his shop in Austin, where he creates custom items using Texas icons in the designs of his projects. During my visit he showed me his latest creation of a custom receiver hitch cover. The cover is made of 100% stainless steel and fits all 2" receivers, it was created using a plasma cut Texas Longhorn, Texas shape, Oval Ring and Stainless wire rope edging. This is one fine item and the pic's I posted below doesn't do it justice, to the fine quality and detail he used in the creation. He will be selling a few of them and I will have a link below to purchase with pay pal. The hitch cover is 3 dimensional longhorn stands 1/8 inch in front of Texas shape then they are attached to the oval ring using his tig welder. The Longhorn shape is a matte finish, all other pieces are polished to mirror finish. He makes the stainless steel rope trim himself and makes the design pop out. Just wanted to promote projects created by other native Texans. If you purchase one of these limited quantity hitch covers you can feel good that your funds are going to a USA Lone star State American product with no imported items used. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

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