Ernie et al,
I have a settings question. I want to weld a 1/2 SS pipe coupler to a0.040 thick plate. All pieces 304 w/ 308 filler rod.
I have a test piece, because as you all know I am pretty new to this. Early attempts at the test piece have not been well.
My current settings are 55amps, DCEN, hi freq start.
I can't seem to get the fitting to puddle well. It is about .250 thick. I cranked the power a little, but still couldn't get it very well. Obviously I need to concentrate the arc towards the fitting and sweep towards the plate just a little to puddle and then add some filler.
My first attempt I melted through the plate. 2nd try, I got a bead to form, but it isn't really very good. It is stuck to the fitting and to the plate. But it is sort of bridged and hasn't puddled right down to the intersection point.
Suggestions on technique or settings?