Stick Welding with practice plate open root that will get you ready for pipe.
This video shows importance of arc length and rod angle and well and lots of other great tips.
Stick Welding with 5/32" 6010 Open Root Plate Downhill
This video covers stick welding a 4g Plate test using 7018 1/8" electrode 120-125 amps dcep.
Structural Welding Tests often require both 3G and 4G plates.
3/8" thick plates using 1/4" backing and 1/4" gap
22.5 degree bevel
This video covers Welding a 3G Plate Test 3/8" thick with 1/4" Backing and 1/4" gap using 7018 1/8" at 120 amps
Toward the end of the video, you will see instructions for padding beads vertical uphill using 7018 1/8"
If you have having trouble getting uniform beads on a 3g test, padding beads is ...