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Old December 26th, 2009, 11:46 AM   #1
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allright, I just got the new welder (miller 211) hooked up. this is my first shot at welding, so i was hoping you guys would have some tips for me on what I am doing wrong.

the metal is some 1/8" bed frame i cut up. my first one is on the left, then second and third.





I think the third one is decent, I realized the first 2 were in a pretty uncomfortable position. I adjusted and it seemed to have made a big differance.
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Old December 26th, 2009, 12:05 PM   #2
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Looks pretty good for starters. Just keep practicing, the last one does look pretty good.
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Old December 26th, 2009, 12:27 PM   #3
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third one looks good just looks like u have the wire speed a little high. turn it down just a little bit. other than that looks really good.
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Old December 26th, 2009, 01:03 PM   #4
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They look pretty good, turn the wire speed down just a little and make the C's or whatever pattern you are doing a little closer together and you should be pretty close. I've found that C's dont work out that well and I do more of a sideways U so I go front to back more than a typical C pattern and it heats the material in front a little more so the bead lays flatter.

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Old December 26th, 2009, 01:09 PM   #5
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yea, I was going for the backwards C pattern. I'm going to get back out their and do some more this evening.. and Ill try slowing the wire speed down, and experiment with a few patterns.

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Old December 26th, 2009, 01:09 PM   #6
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i meet kyle hes a good guy, hope the axle is working out for ya, i know i'm putting urs to good use. the welds look good just keep doing it thats how u get better, again thanks for the axles make a world of difference in width on my jeep
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Old December 26th, 2009, 01:13 PM   #7
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hey wally! glad things worked out for you, I know Im happy with the 60.


I forgot to add I signed up for the MIG / TIG class at the local community college
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yeah there are many different patterns that you can do just depends on what you are trying to do and are welding. I do a lot of circles when i weld thicker metals or a side to side pattern just what ever you like to do really but there is a best way to get the strength and penetration for what you are welding. That class should help you a lot.
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Old December 27th, 2009, 10:49 AM   #9
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what is a good pattern to use? I started out trying to make "backwards Cs" but I experimented with "overlapping circles" and i was much more comfortable, and consistant. what are the pro's and con's for differant patterns?
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I would have to say what ever you feel comfortable doing go with that. the pros and cons are in your penetration and strength in the welds. a c pattern and circle isnt much different really. Hard to explain on here much easier to show you in person but your too far away. hope i can explain it to ya and i'm sure there are others that will help too.
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well... Im starting my MIG/TIG class on the 10th so its not vital... but thanks for the help
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i usually do a sideways "C" pattern.
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How's your class going? OR how did it go?

Do you have anymore welds to show us? I'm interested in seeing them
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the class is ok. the instructor doesn't do alot... we just go in the lab and weld.

I'll post a few recent welds tomorrow.
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Honestly it doesn't matter what pattern you do. As long as you are watching your puddle and it is staying consistant and you are getting proper penetration. I can do 5 different patterns in the same weld and you can't tell that I changed anything. It is all about watching and reading your puddle!
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its all about the puddle like my mom always said pratice makes perfect. keep going. but they look pretty good to me little fast on wire speed but looks good.
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looks like you pulled the weld. Try to push it it will lay down better and you dont have to turn your wire speed down. Fusion look pretty good. Good job for firsts welds though. Just remember to try to push the weld.
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