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Evox_Rider
04-05-2012, 08:06 AM
I have read many times about watching your puddle and not the arc. OK, but what am I watching for, do you sort of push the rod back a bit to make the puddle bunch up slightly, thereby heating the work a tad more and allowing more penetration? I could maybe see that in a thicker piece of metal, but with thin 16 guage tubing this would most likely burn through..I have only tried running a few beads along a scrap piece of angle iron at work the other day and it was almost 1/8" thick steel with a 6013 rod, had the setting at 80

FlatBlack
04-05-2012, 10:08 AM
A few years ago, Budd Davisson wrote an article called: "Zen and the art of the weld puddle" or something close to that. Might pick up a few tips on puddle dynamics from this.

Cheers,
Bill

http://www.airbum.com/articles/ArticleZenWelding.html

Trike Lover
04-05-2012, 01:05 PM
A few years ago, Budd Davisson wrote an article called: "Zen and the art of the weld puddle" or something close to that. Might pick up a few tips on puddle dynamics from this.

Cheers,
Bill

http://www.airbum.com/articles/ArticleZenWelding.html

Bill,
Thank you for posting this excellent link. I have a good handful of books on welding, but this article summarizes and describes "the puddle" very well.

TL

Evox_Rider
04-06-2012, 09:50 AM
Interesting article, but it concerns Oxy welding, which is, from what I've heard, totally different than for arc type welding.

charlie_r
04-06-2012, 02:42 PM
Same principles apply with the puddle.you move the puddle with your heat source, whatever it may be.