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    I played with the welder for a while today.

    first on a 15a 120 outlet. Worked well for the thinner stuff but started to trip the breaker on thicker plates. switched to 220. worked great. I was even able to make some OK welds.

    I'm not used to holding the filler wire. First when I ended a weld I put the rod against my stomach, now have a 2 inch burn, 2nd and 3rd I placed the end of the hot wire on my legs

    I'm learning the hard (hot) way

    The torch head is adjustable to different positions. It also came with a foot pedal (just on and off) but I have issues with my feet. It also comes with a button on the torch. I like that since the foot pedal for me is not going to work.

    On 220 it welded 1/4 inch angle to1/4 plate. I did a crappy weld but the welder was able to do it and more

    I was working on another small metal art thing and was trying to tig weld a some pliers put it was turning out like crap. I finally realized I forgot to turn the Argon on.

    I have a lot more practice to do

    tomorrow I plan to look at the pinion angles on the trike again.
    Thank you
    Bob

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    not good yet but better

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    Wont even show you how bad I did on then thinner metal.

    I will get the hang of it at some point.

    Until I do I cant finish my headers
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    All of the tig welders I follow on u-tube seem to be humble people....you are learning why! LOL I will probably be staying in the beginners category, but it is an enjoyable skill to try to learn!

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    I have played with the TIG some here lately, Wife and Son have Covid so I have to isolate also.

    At home more than normal.

    I have tig welded a few things and its great! A lot cleaner.

    Still not doing well on the thinner metal though.

    It does make the small "art" things I want to do easier
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    I need to start thinking differently. Now that I can do some basic TIG some of the projects I do would turn out a lot better if I incorporated some TIG welded aspects to them
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    there is a guy. does a lot of stainless steel art work...u-tube is pacific art tig welding..you might give him a look. .I am starting a tubular type of intake for some chinese webers so will be trying to tig also....I have some silicon bronze rod that i may try to use on tube to flange joints

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fowler View Post

    It does make the small "art" things I want to do easier
    I always liked your "art" projects. Bring 'em on.
    Bill

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    I am rethinking my exhaust again. Still going with square but how I connect them may be different.

    I have been doing a little practicing with the TIG. I love that welder.

    My Granddaughter wanted a Kunai knife for Christmas. She wanted a plastic fake one. I did make a few of them for her and I bought her one.

    I also made her a real one. This is terribly off balance but its a wall hanger.

    The blade is a small section of leaf spring I shaped and heat treated in my forge

    The handle is some rebar I had around (and I tig welded it to the bladed before heat treatment)

    The guards are old dragon fly coat hooks that I cut the tails (hooks) off

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    Thank you
    Bob

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