Tips for preventing arc blow

by Mason
(Traverse City, MI)

Dont you just hate when you're runnin a beatiful bead then all the sudden your arc starts jumpin around and it ends up lookin like turkey shit, thats arc blow.

Ways to prevent it are doing things like wrapping the part with the ground lead, or moving ground clamp often and move it as far from where you are welding as possible. Stick welding is oh so famous for arc blow and the biggest way to get rid of it is to switch to AC and you wont have it at all.Other ways to prevent is to use big tacks and weld toward existing welds and tacks when possible So to all you guys that think you're cursed with the inability to make a decent weld hopefully this helps you out!

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