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2 inch Schedule 80 TIG all the way

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2" Schedule 80 6010 3/32" root with 7018 3/32 fill and cap

See the detailed page for a 2 inch schedule 80 6g pipe test with 3/32 6010 root and 3/32 7018 fill and cap

6" Schedule 80 6010 1/8" root with 7018 1/8"  fill and cap

See the detailed page for a 6 inch schedule 80 6g pipe test with 6010 root and 7018 fill and cap

2 of the most common 6g tests are a 2 inch schedule 80 and a 6 inch schedule 80 both welded with 6010 root and 7018 fill and cap.

6g root pass on 6 inch sched 80

Taking a 6g test can make you anxious and anxiety does not help your chances of passing a 6g test.

I hope these two videos help you have more confidence and less anxiety.

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My very first welding test was the 2 inch schedule 80 with 3/32" 6010 root.

We were not allowed to use a grinder at all....only a half round file.

The root pass went in ok and I used the file to smooth out any lumps due to restarts but since I couldn't do any grinding to get the slag out, I cranked up the amperage to 90 for the 3/32" 7018 hot pass.

Things were going great until I blew thru.

Game over.

I guess I was remembering using 90 amps for a hot pass over a 6010 1/8" root pass.

There is a pretty big difference in the thickness of a 3/32" and a 1/8" 6010 root.

I should have known that 90 amps was too hot since a 3/32" 6010 root is not all that much metal to weld over.

Lesson learned...

At least failing that first test earned me the right to go take a different test at a different plant... and thankfully I passed it.

I went on to take lots of other 6G tests.

I passed most of them but I definitely failed some too.

Failing a welding test is part of the gig. At least for me it was.

When I was making these videos, I was thinking back to what it felt like to go take a test.

Here are a few tips that I think can help.

1. first, find out all the details you can about the test but reaching out any way you can.  If you are on instagram, try reaching out with a simple post asking for help and use some hashtags like #6gtest, #6gpipe, #6gpipetest and also search these hashtags to find welders who have posted using those tags....then reach out by DM for advice.

This exercise will take you less than 30 minutes and might just get you the exact info you need.


2. make sure you get enough practice...this will not only help your chances, but will give you more confidence.

3. If you are in doubt about using a grinder, ask the test administrator.

4. Be respectful to the people giving the test. I am not talking about sucking up to them. just give the same respect you would want if you were in their shoes.

5.If you are not already accustomed to waking up early, wake up early for a few days in a row before the day of the test.  this way you will have a better chance of getting a good nights sleep the night before the test.

good luck welder!  pass that test and take care of your family.

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