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Welding Newbie
« on: February 27, 2016, 01:03:01 PM »
Over a year ago i bought the cheapest welder i could find it had some good reviews on amazon. Mightymig 100

Its a flux core welder (no gas).

Finally unboxed it last night and ran a few beads.

Had no idea on settings etc so left the machine in low with a wire speed of 6.

If anyone has any pointers that would be great.





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Re: Welding Newbie
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2016, 06:31:34 PM »
This is one thing I've wanted to learn for a while now but just need my own garage or workshop. Have a look on YouTube I've seen a few videos that were pretty good with plenty of info.

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Re: Welding Newbie
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2016, 06:56:47 PM »
Watched a lot of videos. The machine i bought is budget only has two power settings and no info on recommended wire speed/power settings. Going to try some different settings later.

Wish i had got a normal Mig as the gassless is sh*t unless you are welding in a windy field.

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Re: Welding Newbie
« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2016, 10:38:20 AM »
Switched the machine to high today. Some better results. Still have no idea what i'm doing.


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Re: Welding Newbie
« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2016, 11:15:03 AM »
What do you do intend on welding? I hope nothing important safety wise on your car?

Welding is a skill that you really need to learn in practice from a trained instructor. I've done it before small scale but the lads I hire in to do my welding in work have been at it years!

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Re: Welding Newbie
« Reply #5 on: February 29, 2016, 11:55:41 AM »
What do you do intend on welding? I hope nothing important safety wise on your car?

Welding is a skill that you really need to learn in practice from a trained instructor. I've done it before small scale but the lads I hire in to do my welding in work have been at it years!

Nothing on the car  :scared:

Someone has been trying to pry open the window in my garage so will make some bars for the window.

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Re: Welding Newbie
« Reply #6 on: February 29, 2016, 12:23:47 PM »
Ah in that case it's all minor stuff! Practice makes perfect! Start by welding 90deg angles together and then check their integrity by smashing them with a hammer in a vice... Try and get a lesson from a welder in a workshop somewhere also  :jumpmove:

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Re: Welding Newbie
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2016, 11:17:13 AM »
Been doing a little practising getting better.

But then the wire ran out loaded a new rear and its sh*t. Bought another real that was also sh*t.


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Re: Welding Newbie
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2016, 11:29:26 AM »
That angle actually looks pretty solid to be honest! Good work  :happy2:

Since you'll be making things for around the house I'd now focus on aesthetics. Try clean the droppings off of that original angle and then get a wire head attachment for a drill and polish it up!

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Re: Welding Newbie
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2016, 11:49:12 AM »
That angle actually looks pretty solid to be honest! Good work  :happy2:

Since you'll be making things for around the house I'd now focus on aesthetics. Try clean the droppings off of that original angle and then get a wire head attachment for a drill and polish it up!
Thanks mate i have some anti splatter spray which should help. I've ordered some more wire which hopefully is as good as the wire that came with the machine.

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Re: Welding Newbie
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2016, 01:14:14 PM »

Was going to suggest spray which makes a lot easier to scrape off spatter and repells a certain amount.


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Re: Welding Newbie
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2016, 01:15:10 PM »
This looks good. I'm gonna buy myself a mig welder just because I can't learning how to do a few bits and would be good to make some shelves in the garage.

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Re: Welding Newbie
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2016, 01:30:21 PM »

Was going to suggest spray which makes a lot easier to scrape off spatter and repells a certain amount.

I should have got a gas one the welds look much cleaner.

This looks good. I'm gonna buy myself a mig welder just because I can't learning how to do a few bits and would be good to make some shelves in the garage.

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Don't get the sealey mightymig 100. After a couple of days of use the power switch is not working properly. Get a gas one and use flux core then if you like it you can step it up and add the gas.

The wife wanted to spend €20 on some coat hooks.

Saving money already,  :jumpmove: some old sub frame bolts. Welded very poorly the welder is stuck on high at the moment.




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Re: Welding Newbie
« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2016, 07:32:51 PM »
flux core is a very hot wire, would have been better using mig solid wire. as for learning, its quite self taught, granted you need to know the basics but best way is to practice, learn angles, settings, speeds.
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Re: Welding Newbie
« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2016, 08:14:37 PM »
flux core is a very hot wire, would have been better using mig solid wire. as for learning, its quite self taught, granted you need to know the basics but best way is to practice, learn angles, settings, speeds.
Wish i had got a gas machine.

Started welding up some bars for the window in my garage.








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