"Richard Smith" wrote in message
7018 SMAW 3.2mm dia (1/8th-inch dia.)
Had to do it.
Started with a bit of v-up just to be sure.
But light frame angle-iron to a heavy steel column. Undercut on light
section difficult to avoid.
Time-served guy showed me.
I didn't want slag running-ahead. Seemed wrong to allow that.
Had nicely formed "finernail" of weld pool showing. All looked good.
So, nice medium burn of rod (Amps), slight downward slope, ran
downwards slow enough to puddle, but fast enough to leave all slag
It did look so right.
Comments about doing this? Good tips?
Thanks, I have a lot of trouble joining different thicknesses. Does "slight
downward slope" mean the rod or could you reposition the column?
I have enough hoisting gear to usually reposition the small-scale welding I
do. My trailer and the rusted fenders of my truck bed were much easier to
The 16' long overhead gantry track has been a very useful addition to my
kit. So far I've used it only with center support although it was tested
without it. I attach wheels on one end and a trailer coupler on the other to
tow the beam to the work site, and added pipe clamp bases to boat trailer
winches to raise it to the tops of the supporting tripods.