A friend brought his loader to my yard to do about an hour of work. He wouldn't take any money, but brought a post slammer for me to weld. A simple 3' pipe tube with two hand holds on the sides about 18" long. One of the welds had failed all around, and the hand hold was detached. I looked at all the others, and they were all cracked. I ran around them all with two rods of 7018, beefing them up substantially. They looked like they had been FCAW welded, but the welds were highly convex, suggesting to me that they were run too cold. There was no real flowing of the weld metal to the adjacent surfaces, but it looked like almost a round bead of caulk. Is this typical with all production welding? The piece was probably from overseas.