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    First Time Stick Welding, Stainless Steel Rods, Old Jackson Helmet

    I couldn't start a bead on Ac, the rod stu
    ck to the steel. Switched to DC got some beads to start.
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    All I have are some old stainless steel rods, Airco 19-9 the label is torn, haven't been able to find out anything about them.
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    The hardest thing for me is starting the bead, I guess I'll get the hang of it with practice. Can't see anything either. It's OK just practicing, but how did welders start a bead before auto darkening helmets? Sure need to get one. What should I look for when buying auto darkening helmet, and what to avoid?
    Thanks for any help on starting a bead or weld, how to improve, good habits, what not to do.

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    Re: First Time Stick Welding, Stainless Steel Rods, Old Jackson Helmet

    use correct amps for rod diameter. use big enough rod diameter for material thickness. weld start do spiral or circle and circle weave as long as needed (to avoid cold weld starts)
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    many rods do better holding a arc length. for example 1/8 dia rod use 1/16 to 1/8 arc length

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    Re: First Time Stick Welding, Stainless Steel Rods, Old Jackson Helmet

    Get yourself some 6013 rod to practice with..you will be amazed how much better the beads will be starting out...and grind to shinny metal....

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    Re: First Time Stick Welding, Stainless Steel Rods, Old Jackson Helmet

    Thanks Tom,
    I've been studying about amps, rods and rod size vs material thickness adjusting the machine accordingly. I've still got a lot to learn but loving it.

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    I'll go get some 6013 today, the rods I have are old, they may have drawn moisture, thanks

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    hm; you probably know this already but if you stick with the stainless rods wear safety glasses or flip up hood because the flux will pop off and fly a good distance as it cools.
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    Re: First Time Stick Welding, Stainless Steel Rods, Old Jackson Helmet

    Quote Originally Posted by docwelder View Post
    hm; you probably know this already but if you stick with the stainless rods wear safety glasses or flip up hood because the flux will pop off and fly a good distance as it cools.
    Boy thatís the truth! Back when I use to build a lot of food processing plants I ran a lot of stainless steel SMAW. The slag always seems to pop off and land on your face.
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    Re: First Time Stick Welding, Stainless Steel Rods, Old Jackson Helmet

    Ive used stainless 308 to weld mild steel.That includes welding exhaust tubing.Used an old ac welder.It can be done.I had the stainless rod on hand so I used it.Get a small pack of 7014 rod for practice.

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    Id save the stainless rods for stainless/cast iron jobs. Get urself some 7018 or 6011

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    Re: First Time Stick Welding, Stainless Steel Rods, Old Jackson Helmet

    Quote Originally Posted by docwelder View Post
    hm; you probably know this already but if you stick with the stainless rods wear safety glasses or flip up hood because the flux will pop off and fly a good distance as it cools.
    I wonder if that has anything to do with the heat? I noticed one of the rods got red, here it is after I noticed it and discarded it.Name:  20160521_165001.jpg
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