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    Stick welding question.

    Hello all i have a question. My grandfather has a craftsman 230 amp AC arc (stick) welder. Can i weld a 1/4 inch aluminum oil pan with that? what rods would be best?
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    Re: Stick welding question.

    sure you can, cant remember the last time i seen an aluminum rod. but they are out there.

    Also, just cause it can be done doesn't mean it should. i wouldn't even attempt such a thing
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    Re: Stick welding question.

    Aluminum stick rod sucks. It's absolutely horrible. It is a last ditch effort, "we need to get this thing repaired ASAP or this boat is going down" type of welding. It is absolutely worthless. You'll blow through 1/4" plate in a couple of inches.

    That said, I've never heard of AC aluminum rod. I've only seen DC.
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    Re: Stick welding question.

    Ship pan to me I will weld it up

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    Re: Stick welding question.

    Ship an oil pan from Kentucky to California for a weld?

    Surely there is at least one decent welder in his own state?
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    Re: Stick welding question.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbilly Welder View Post
    Ship an oil pan from Kentucky to California for a weld?

    Surely there is at least one decent welder in his own state?
    Not saying there isn't one was just an offer

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    Re: Stick welding question.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbilly Welder View Post
    Aluminum stick rod sucks. It's absolutely horrible.
    Yes it is!
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    Re: Stick welding question.

    Do you have any idea how to "weld"? Not as easy as it appears.

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    Re: Stick welding question.

    That is frist I ever seen stick weld aluminum. I had seen done with MIG or tig using AC .
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    Re: Stick welding question.

    I've done it a few times myself, its surprising how fast the rod burns up, you have to fall on top of it to keep the arc tight enough. It is messy, and the slag isn't easy to see through.



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    Re: Stick welding question.

    Quote Originally Posted by mafiacustomz View Post
    Hello all i have a question. My grandfather has a craftsman 230 amp AC arc (stick) welder. Can i weld a 1/4 inch aluminum oil pan with that? what rods would be best?
    Because you have an AC welder, the answer would be no. The rods are all DC rods from what I've seen.

    I've done this a few times - thinnest being 1/8" material.

    As said above, it's not fun.

    It would be fine with a spool gun on a mig, but I much prefer TIG.
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    Re: Stick welding question.

    Oh hi dave. That's is a very sound advice.
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