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Old 10-21-2005, 02:53 AM
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Beginner tig welding problems

I am a beginner tig welder. I am practicing welding on 90 degree inside corners. I am having a problem getting heat to the corner intersection itself. I have no problem puddling the vertical or horizontal surfaces seperately. It's gettig them to puddle at he same time without burning through either the vertical or horizintal surface ( usually the vertical surface) that I am having a problem with. Metal is 1/8" thick.
I'm using a Lincoln 185 with the foot peddle. Gas flow is at 13 - 15, max output is set at 120.
I've tried using the filler stick also and that isn't very pretty either and really doesn't seem to be a problem solver.
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Old 10-21-2005, 04:01 AM
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Sounds like you may need to pull the tungsten out a little so you can get it closer to the area you are trying to weld. If its back too far the arc jumps to the closest place.Usually one side or the other not the corner. If you need a hand let me know I can swing by.
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Old 10-21-2005, 05:09 AM
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Hey Jim;

Thanks. I have the tungsten out about 1/2" right now.
I'll play around lenghtening it and see what happens.
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LSCTommy,

I'd be turning the gas up to 20-25# too.

Also when you get into that corner your having trouble with kinda "pedel" the pedel. Thata way your likelyhood of burning through will be cut down a bit. You've gotta keep the tig torch moving a bit in a weave pattern. It's not a MIG gun!

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i flip the torch over and hold it exactly like a pencil...with the hose/handle shooting off to the right, over the top of my hand.

also its easier to come out of a corner, than it is to go into one.

stick the filler rod straight down from the top, if you can get a good 1/4 or 1/2 inch weld/tack in the corner, you can go back into it from the other direction, and end over the previous tack/weld.

start the pedal off light, then as your eyes adjust, move everything into position

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Just in my experience from using the same welder 120amps might be a little high. Tom if you need a hand later give me a call.
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I've used different cup and tungsten set-ups in those hard to get places. Maybe try a 1/16 tungsten/collet an a 1/4 cup.

I'm still a TIG newbie too.
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Just in my experience from using the same welder 120amps might be a little high. Tom if you need a hand later give me a call.
Thanks Jim;

I'm going to be gone later this evening.
I talked to Brad earlier today and he gave me a lot of good ideas including picking up a gas lens and a chemical sharpener for the tungsten.
Oh, by the way, if you need any raw steel plates or rods I picked up a ton of them today from a steel yard I do business with, and I mean a ton.
I'll keep in touch with you tomorrow regarding your start either tomorrow or Sunday.

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Old 10-21-2005, 12:55 PM
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I've used different cup and tungsten set-ups in those hard to get places. Maybe try a 1/16 tungsten/collet an a 1/4 cup.

I'm still a TIG newbie too.
Hey Markee;

Thanks for the info. I'll try it and let you know what happens.

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