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    Re: I'm excited. Aluminum stick.

    Quote Originally Posted by Continuum View Post
    That’s a darn nice looking weld especially on AL. I doubt mine would look that clean on steel running downward.
    Thank You, but not downhill. All welds done flat.
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    Re: I'm excited. Aluminum stick.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brand X View Post
    A inverter with a Aluminum stick setting makes life easier.
    Now that there was funny...

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    My INE Skyline 1500 inverter has a aluminum stick welding slope setting that works very well. What a great welding unit that is.. Jim here has one, and knows there is nothing funny about that machine.. I wish some of the advanced process Lincoln's /etc I had could weld half as nice..
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    Re: I'm excited. Aluminum stick.

    Quote Originally Posted by Yofish View Post
    Beauty weld for sure. These things have been around for a long time, no magical juice here, and are not useful whatsoever other than for what you did. You can't really make anything with them unless you are a masochist with too much time on your hands. BTW, a year after you buy them they are only useful for white elephant parties.
    This pack of 3/32" electrodes is still sealed in the cellophane, but I can feel they are wet.
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    These are a few years old, and stored in a broken wine cabinet(fridge?) with all my other welding rod. I still haven't put a light bulb in it to keep the damp off. Its not oven, but when the fog rolls in off the mountain on the other side of the river, everything metal has water vapor condensing on it. Even still this 4043 3/32" didn't make it, right next to it is some 30 year old McKay 308-16, and its not crumbly.

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    Now it has a liquid flux paste https://www.weldingweb.com/images/smilies/laughing.gif


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    Re: I'm excited. Aluminum stick.

    Quote Originally Posted by John T View Post
    Good to have in the toolbox, for sure if you need it.

    Looks good/better than I thought it would if you had asked me before hand.
    Actually looks better than some spool gun stuff Iíve seen

    Pretty cool.

    Iím not sure what the point is bending it in a vice was.

    If itís 6061 it will probably break in half.

    I donít know much about testing aluminum weld but I donít think itís the same process as steelÖ

    As in bent tests.

    They bend aluminum as well just like steel. And 6061 needs more of a angle then that to bend

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    Re: I'm excited. Aluminum stick.

    Quote Originally Posted by albrightree View Post
    This pack of 3/32" electrodes is still sealed in the cellophane, but I can feel they are wet.
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    These are a few years old, and stored in a broken wine cabinet(fridge?) with all my other welding rod. I still haven't put a light bulb in it to keep the damp off. Its not oven, but when the fog rolls in off the mountain on the other side of the river, everything metal has water vapor condensing on it. Even still this 4043 3/32" didn't make it, right next to it is some 30 year old McKay 308-16, and its not crumbly.

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    Now it has a liquid flux paste https://www.weldingweb.com/images/smilies/laughing.gif


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    Yes, the flux is salt based and attracts moisture in a alarming rate. I have mine stored in vaccuŁm sealed bags inside an old fridge, but I'm still doubtfull about the time they will last before the flux starts falling off.
    The up side is. They are a good dessicant for my other electrodes(7018, 7016, 308 and 312 and some 6013)) which are stored in the same old fridge.
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    Re: I'm excited. Aluminum stick.

    Quote Originally Posted by albrightree View Post
    This pack of 3/32" electrodes is still sealed in the cellophane, but I can feel they are wet.
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    These are a few years old, and stored in a broken wine cabinet(fridge?) with all my other welding rod. I still haven't put a light bulb in it to keep the damp off. Its not oven, but when the fog rolls in off the mountain on the other side of the river, everything metal has water vapor condensing on it. Even still this 4043 3/32" didn't make it, right next to it is some 30 year old McKay 308-16, and its not crumbly.

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    Now it has a liquid flux paste https://www.weldingweb.com/images/smilies/laughing.gif


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    Thanks, most people don't believe me even when I talk about something I know about. Just ask my kids. To add: I don't know why anyone would use 4043 (any process) for anything other than tread plate (why would anyone do that?) truck tool boxes or art projects. I understand the attraction as it is sooo liquid and smut free but strength is crap. Don't get me wrong, these have their place but as you found out, you better use em up, pronto.

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