Doing it wrong or is it right.
When I started welding school back in September I started out with stick welding basics and one of the things I had heard I believe in a book was that right handed welders go from right to left so that’s what I had been doing with stick and mig and tig for the last 6 months no problem. Well when I started the advanced stick mod for structural welding I went to do the horizontal weld on a 3/8 plate with a backing strap and a 70 degree total bevel and I just could not get the bead to lay right and be consistent or anything and it was bad enough to look like I had just run my first bead ever. This went on for three days until I found myself angry enough that I ran a bead from left to right and I’ll be damned if it didn’t go considerably smoother so I did the rest of the plate that way and it turned out pretty good.
So I went to my instructor ( by now you know what he will have said based on my previous post ) telling him of what I had found and all he could do was look at his right hand and do a straight line right to left then left to right and shrug at which point I started to wonder why I was going in debt to this school and why he was the head of the welding department so I turned around and left and went back to working on a new plate. Later I posted a question about this on a forum I frequent to learn more about welding and I got some deer caught in the headlight responses and total confusion as well because apparently I was doing something wrong with one statement being that I was messing with body mechanics.
Either way I’ve changed several aspects of how I weld stick and I think it may change with mig and tig, as to what has caused it I can speculate but thats about it.
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