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 on: Today at 03:23:33 AM 
Started by Zephod - Last post by bobofthenorth
This is farmer welder advice so take it for what its worth:
- 6011 is a genuine PITA to learn to use and really hard to get it to leave a nice finish
- I use 6011 on dirty metal and for root passes but I never finish with it
- as others have suggested - more amps and probably a bit slower travel - learn to manage the puddle

Bottom line - unless you have a good reason to use the 6011 ------- don't.  Its great for what its meant for but its sure as hell not a general purpose rod.

I do however quarrel with the advice to get a MIG.  A trained monkey can make a good looking weld with a MIG but for honest to goodness repair welding you need a buzz box. And just because the MIG weld looks nice doesn't mean its got any penetration or strength.  I've got both and so does any decent welding shop.  Not that I put myself in that category.

 on: Today at 01:21:11 AM 
Started by Zephod - Last post by Brassman
First he needs to know how to work a puddle -- and it makes wire feed soo much prettier.

 on: Today at 01:16:30 AM 
Started by Zephod - Last post by Brassman
I vote for induction hobs. As fast, if not faster than gas. And a of a heck lot less juice than a resistance cook-top.

 on: Today at 12:58:00 AM 
Started by Zephod - Last post by dtcerrato
We carry 160 lbs of propane and it really makes it easier to boondock. We have no solar. Two gennys on board. One 6,5 kw, the boondocker is 800 watts, ok unless the need for a/c. Propane goes to heaters, stove, oven, refrigerator, water heater, grill. So it is our major source of Independence. We've even used it for propane injection on the engine but less need for it since the rebuild, runs much stronger now...

 on: Today at 12:45:09 AM 
Started by Zephod - Last post by dtcerrato
Looks like you can use more amps (heat). The welds look too cold.

 on: June 23, 2017, 11:03:47 PM 
Started by Zephod - Last post by TomC
Arc welding is really hard. Get a wire feed welder-you'll be much more pleased with the results and the weld quality.

 on: June 23, 2017, 08:11:09 PM 
Started by bevans6 - Last post by eagle19952
Those bolts have a locking type sealant already if you purchased them new from Detroit,if not pre treated use the Loctite 

cat red works too...same stuff ihc uses too ...

 on: June 23, 2017, 08:08:30 PM 
Started by Zephod - Last post by eagle19952
He is long arcing the 6011 is a short arc rod ,if they are old stock they need to be dipped in water for a few seconds. Grin just me but I think he needs practice and a lot of it 

it's called dig rod...it digs thru paint and rust and pipe coating...you name it. can't dig with a long arc. push to feed farmer rod. we called it 1109 rod Smiley

 on: June 23, 2017, 08:05:32 PM 
Started by Zephod - Last post by Zephod
70A AC 3/32 rod. Been dry stored. Steel is clean.
Not sure of the grade. It was angle and flat bought from Tractor supply.
Yes, it's now primed. I welded both sides.
It's the door to my ventilation unit.

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 on: June 23, 2017, 08:00:12 PM 
Started by Zephod - Last post by eagle19952
i carry propane...for my Weber Q  Grin

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