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Offline Rickster

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New welder and fundamental mistakes
« on: September 16, 2009, 07:56:46 PM »
I finished welding in the replacement battery tray in the Mustang.  It took a lot of re-work.  As my fist MIG welding project I made a mountain of fundamental mistakes:

- I didn't practice on scrap metal.  Just headed right in trying to dial everything in and weld it together at the same time.

- I had a huge repair panel and only needed about a 1/4 of it for the repair.  Two mistakes here:
  - I cut away the rusted out portion of the panel. But I had difficulty with blowing holes along the edges because the metal was too thin there.  I should have used more of the repair panel and cut back deeper into the stock panel for better metal.
  - In cutting the repair panel I left too much gap in places along the edges.  I should have taken more care to make the edges as close as possible.

Well I got to learn the hard way.  But I've gotten really good at welding and grinding and welding some more and grinding some more.

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Re: New welder and fundamental mistakes
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2010, 06:45:49 PM »
Just saw this thread... I'm still burning through. I really do no have a pile of scrap to practice on so sometimes I have to use the machines "suggested" settings on the inside of the panel and hope for the best. Usually turns out for the worst.  :no_no:

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Re: New welder and fundamental mistakes
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2010, 03:46:09 AM »
I'm in the same boat, any info along these lines will be helpful.
Eric Corse
Wake Forest, NC
1959 Chrysler New Yorker
1982 Ford Econoline