6013 stick welding tips for anyone in welding school trying to move on to 6010 and 7018...or who wants to build something and only has an AC buzz box welder.
6013 rods are designed to weld on DC or AC and it doesnt really matter much which one you choose.
I like 6011 rods because:
6011 rods burn good on both AC and DC and both uphill and down
most small inverter welders will burn 6011 but not 6010
6011 electrodes are readily available at big box stores and places like tractor supply
7018 electrodes are designed to be low hydrogen electrodes.
But if they are left out in the atmosphere for too long, they are no longer low hydrogen rods.
But that doesn't mean they are no good.
You can still use 7018 that have not been kept in an oven for anything you would weld with another r...
Overhead Stick with 7018 and Dual Shield Flux Core
Once piece of advice I tell students for Stick welding overhead with 7018 is to set the machine hot enough that the rod will not stick even when you hold a tight arc....then hold a tight arc.
For dual shield flux core, polarity, voltage and wire speed settings, and stick out make the difference.
Jody sits down with JD Brewer, owner operator of Apex Welding. Hear answers to questions about his welding career, being self employed, and advice he would give anyone getting started in a welding career.
JD Brewer - Pulse Settings and Silicon Bronze on a ZTfab Cart
JD ordered a cart for his shop that included bottom drawer and foot pedal holder. In this video, we use a torch switch at high amperage for tack welding, then we compare straight welding current to pulse TIG.
And.... we experimented with pulse settings using silicon bronze rod and lay wire techn...
JD Brewer took on a project of building a 60 ft long rack that goes in a factory that works with long metal rods. He built a 40 ft section first. That will be cut in half with bolted flange connections welded on to facilitate transport and installation.
Cutting and Etching is a destructive test so can not be used on live parts but it provides valuable information on your mig welding technique and settings.
Cut with a zip disc, bandsaw, portaband, or whatever and then just smooth with a flap disc and some scotch brite pads.
I used a passivation s...
A very good TIG welding technique for pipe and a few other round shapes is walking the cup.
But its good to be also be able to freehand.
Sometimes there are obstacles that prevent walking the cup. For those occasions being able to prop with a tig finger can help.
Other times, a part has smooth m...
There are several charts in text books and on web sites that depict the penetration profile caused by different grind angles of tungsten electrodes.
I like to see things for myself so I tested 3 very different angles on pieces of 2% lanthanated electrodes ...all 3/32" (2.4mm).
I let the piece co...
Testing Different TIG Techniques, and Pulse vs No Pulse
There are many different ways to tig weld a tee joint. In this video I show 3 different ways...straight dcen with no pulse using a foot pedal, 1 pulse per second with foot pedal floored at 131 amps, and pumping the foot pedal for sort of a manual pulse.
TIG Welding Carbon Steel lap joints 11 ga cold rolled 2F
For 11ga cold rolled steel lap joints its all about torch angle and arc length.
Torch angle is pretty forgiving provided your arc length is tight.
So what is tight enough? The electrode diameter or less works for me
There is a technique for tig welding called "walking the cup".
While its mostly useful for pipe welding, it can also be a good technique for long runs on fillet welds.
In this video, I talk about cup size, electrode stickout, and how to hold the torch.
I set the lincoln TIG 200 to 177 amps and p...
Whether TIG welding, Mig Welding, Stick welding, or any other process, Restarts are part of the process. If you can make a decent restart, you are a lot less likely to have weld defects and a lot more likely to make a good looking weld.
What is the 3 second rule?
The 3 second rule says that it ...