Here's a video showing how the arc gap can affect your weld. You're looking for that Goldilocks Zone. If you're having issues with scummy looking welds and black pepper floating around in the puddle you might be holding too far of a gap!
Tips for Basic Filler Metal selection along with some resources for filler metal selection.
Aluminum filler metal chart from Aloctech http://alcotec.com/us/en/support/upload/Aluminum_Filler_Alloy_Selection_Chart.pdf
Washington Alloys Stainless Filler metal chart https://washingtonalloy.com/wp-co...
Jody Collier - Full Penetration Tips for Aluminum with a CK MT200
In Brad Goodman's video on full penetration aluminum he used a Miller Dynasty that has all the features like waveforms and amplitude settings.
A member commented that he would like to see a similar video using a much simpler machine like the CK MT200.
I used a #5 clear cup (they film better) with...
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...
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...
This video is about tig welding aluminum on AC at 50hz and at 250hz.
there was a noticeable difference at the 2 different settings. 50hz got completed penetration and 250hz did not penetrate.
I tried to keep travel speed the same for both welds by using a motorized welding positioner turntable.
The current waveforms are advanced square wave, soft square wave, sine wave, and triangle wave.
They all have slightly different looks, sounds and characteristics.
Some waveforms are supposed to be better for thin metals, others for thicker metals.
There is another advanced feature on a very few...
There is a lot to talk about.
things like tungsten electrodes..type and size ( i like 2% lanthanated for everything and 3/32 takes care of most of my daily welding)
shielding gases ...argon is best to start but if you begin to specialize in thicker aluminum, it might make sense to use a blend of ...
Questions about AC balance, AC frequency, tungsten electrodes, shielding gases, techniques for feeding wire, how to keep a tight arc without dipping in the puddle, and a lot more.
While I figure out the best way to answer as many questions as possible, I have to start by answering just a few of t...
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.