how to start a weld with a arc welder or a wire feed welder.?

Mar 17, 2010

Just learning to weld, I have a hard time getting the weld started. Any tips?

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  1. Anonymous
    March 17th, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    On MIG welders with a wire feeder you simply pull the trigger to start the arc. On a arc welder using a welding rod, it is a bit more tricky. There is the bump method and the strike method. With the strike method you touch the rod to the work as if you were striking a match. Use a short stroke so the arc won’t go out. On the bump method you touch the end of the welding rod to the work piece and a pull it back just a little to establish the arc. Both methods take practice and some trial and error. You must have a good ground connection to start any kind of arc, no matter what kind of welder you are using. This is even more important when using those small, home type welders.
    Some professional welders prefer one or the other method, some use both from time to time. Just practice until you can get an arc established and maintained.

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