Stick welding aluminum

Simply out of curiosity, I tried stick welding aluminum (1/8" pieces) with DCEP, 100 amps, 1/8" electrode. I wanted to experiment.

To my surprise, I learned that if I drag the rod carefully, along the seam, I receive a workable weld that would be good enough for a garden ornament at least (not that I would trust myself to, say, weld an aluminum trailer or something).

My only issue is electrode sticking to work too much. Maybe using a strike plate would help?

Also, could it be that a weld would look better than it is in reality (ie, no sticking of metal together)?

I am going to play with more aluminum scrap...

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Hows come you didn't mention what type of rod you used ??

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Mr Wizzard

The rod is called US Forge Aluminum, I bought it at Menards, our local home improvement chain.


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