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Old 01-10-2018, 02:51 PM  
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Thanks guys. I have 4 power settings is all high, low and 1, 2 this thin metal I have been using for practice is about .06 and I’m running it on low/2 and wire speed on 5 from 1-10.

I can defiantly tell when it is welding correctly as it becomes real easy and sounds correct. I find the distance from the tip to the part plays a big role also. Keeping it pretty close is key. Almost too close to see good around the tip. When I start seeing the end of the wire look like a ball I know I’m drifting to far away. When you get it all correct it feels like the wire is spraying on rather than melting. Looking at the back side and the heat affected area kind of also tells me if I’m hot enough. I have tested a few and they are good and strong with the hammer test. I just came in tried a few vertical up passes. That went pretty good. Not ready to try overhead quite yet.

With the cold weather I noticed I get some good condensation inside the hood. Another thing I never thought about.

Giving me a lot of respect for the welders I worked with over the years that make it look pretty simple.

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