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Set the amperage hot enough so that the rod wont stick when you hold a tight arc.
Then...hold a tight arc.
rod angle is important too but is more forgiving than arc length.
Bigger electrodes are more difficult to control. A tight arc is even more important with 5/32" 7018 electrodes.
Andrew Cardin Shows lots of restarts while using up rod stubs on this 3 pass fillet weld.
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Andrew uses one hand to weld around this joint while he steadies himself with the other hand.
Welding a tube to plate joint like this requires lots of body positioning in order to maintain a good rod angle.
A standard hire test for structural welding is a 3g and a 4g plate test given together so that the welder is qualified to weld in all positions.
this video shows the 4g overhead plate test along with some tips and techniques for passing the test.
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This is strictly a practice plate working up to pipe welding.
The bottom portion of a pipe is overhead and the same technique used on this practice plate will work for the overhead portion of any pipe joint.
I make welding videos every week and when I make more Videos about Stick welding overhead, I will post them below to make this page the best overhead stick welding resource on the Web.
I still remember struggling with my overhead when I was in welding school and I hope what I share on this page helps someone get better at welding overhead so that they can get that job , support their family, pass a test, get a raise, and have a better life.
I feel very lucky to be able to share a few tips.