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This Video shows settings and techniques that would be used for a branch connection test. Yes its a practice plate but the welding techniques apply
I'm gonna use 7018 and show you some great methods for practice.
padding beads is the best way to build the skills for running a uniform bead
stick welding with 7018 1/8"
Basic build up pad with 7018. Right off the bat, what you want to do with any type of welding is get yourself comfortable. Something as simple as turning a plate a few degrees on a table can make all the difference.
Stick welding with 5/32" 7018 in 5F position, Round Tube to plate weld with Andrew.