Refresher: welding 101
What a wake up call! Each of my two older brothers had a welding business so I was exposed to all types of welding and fitting. It has been 40+ years since I have picked up an electrode to practice a bit. 40+ years ago I could lay down a nice weld but now XXXXX. My younger brother gave me one of his old 70 Amp welding machines because it was way too small for anything he would be welding, so I loaded it up and brought it (from Louisiana) home. I go out happy and smug as a bug, bought a new Helmet, gloves and some rods, got home and all I could do is stick the the rod to the metal each time I tried to strike an arc. Maybe I was trying to strike an arc with a too low amp setting. I'll try again tomorrow wit a higher setting. I hope, I hope, I hope it will work for me this time. I need to practice on some 20 gage (I believe that is what most of the automotive sheet metal is) steel.