Originally posted by vorgath
But to this equation you guys also have to add this ... I'm new to this .. and stick welding is not the easiest of all welding processes
From the sound of things I don't think this is the problem. Yes, stick welding is not the easiest way to weld...but it also shouldn't be as difficult to strike and maintain an arc as you are describing. But there is a quick and easy way to find out. Try out a friends stick welder or if need be, stop in at a small welding shop, explain your situation, and I'll bet they will let you try out one of their stick welders on a couple pieces of scrap metal. My guess is, with a properly wired buzz box, you'll be able to strike and maintain an arc almost immediately.
Seems to me the real problem is still in your wiring - either within the welder or the house wiring to the welder.