MIG VERTS UP/DOWN

by FRASER WARD
(SCOTLAND)

AFTER WATCHING YOUR VIDEO POST AN SEEING THE RESULTS OF YOUR TESTING I AM HAPPY IN THE FACT THAT I HAVE BEEN TRAINED PROPERLY IN MIG PROCESSES.LETS FACE IT WE ALL THINK WE CAN WELD BETTER THAN THE NEXT GUY.TRUTH IS MOST WELDERS DONT GET TO SEE THE RESULTS OF THEIR WELDS,THEY LOOK AT THE WELD SECONDS AFTER COMPLETION AN ASSUME ITS PERFECT.A DOWNHILL VERT OR WASH DOWN WELD AS I LIKE TO CALL IT CAN BE PERFECTED TO THE POINT WHERE IT LOOKS CONVEX BORDERLINE UNDERCUT AN TO THE NAKED EYE PRETTY DAMM GOOD,WHERE AS UPWARD VERTS LOOK LIKE THE WELD IS JUST LAYING ON THE SURFACE OF THE STEEL NOT AT ALL PENETRATED.I ONCE HEARD A WELDER COMMENT ON A WELD AN SAY THAT LOOKS LIKE DEAD MANS DICK,THIS TERM OF PHRASE ALTHOUGH WEIRD DID MAKE SENSE TO ME AS I COULD SEE WHAT HE WAS GETTING AT.AN LETS FACE IT WHAT PEOPLE DO IN THEIR SPARE TIME IS THEIR OWN BUSINESS LOL,HOWEVER A WELD NOT PENETRATED OR THE MIG PLANT NOT SET PROPERLY WILL PRODUCE A POOR LINE OF MOULTEN METAL USELESS TO ANY STEEL SURFACE.ANYWAYS WHEN I WELD UPWARDS WITH THE MIG I ALWAYS THINK OF THIS TERM OF PHRASE DUE TO THE WELD NOT LOOKING TOO GOOD,BUT I ALSO KNOW THROUGH HEAVY WORK IN QUARRYING, UPWARD VERTS ARE STRONGER THAN DOWNWARD,AN SO WHAT IT DOSENT LOOK GOOD,ONLY FOOLS WHO DONT KNOW ANY BETTER JUDGE WELDS ON HOW THEY LOOK.THE TECHNIQUE YOU USE IN THE VIDEO IS FAMILIAR TO ME, BASICALLY THROUGH TRIAL AN ERROR I ALSO SEEM TO WEAVE IN THE SAME MOTION DUE TO IT PROVIDING THE BEST RESULTS, AN AS FOR THE CRITICS I FIND HANDING THEM THE TORCH USUALLY SHUTS THEM UP.

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