Originally Posted by oldred
Gc, I too have been a welder for many years and although it is certainly possible to weld thiner than 1/8" with stick it becomes very difficult even for those with experience and as for welding 20 ga. with stick, it can be done BUT
.... That J.W Harris wire you mention is the absolute best I have ever used on thin sheet and for someone using a 110 volt MIG it simply allows the 110 outfit to do things it could not do nearly as well with solid wire.
oldred, Yes I have welded sheet metal with stick many times in my life and it can be done, not so easy for a beginner to learn though. The only reason I don't stick weld it any more is that it is SO much easier with the MIG and the 20 gauge cored wire. I did not own a MIG until about 12 years ago then I found out what I was really missing for the thinner sheet metals. I do weld under 1/8" also with stick at times but than again MIG is easier with out slag clean up. Lots of welding processes for different welding situations.