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 03-08-2005, 12:09 Post: 107533
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I recently picked up a stick welder, (Lincoln AC225) to try my hand at some welding when the snow leaves and the weather is better. The last time I welded was in Trade School 30+ years ago. Some posts I have read talk about how sensitive some or all rods are to moisture. What do I do to keep them as dry as possible? What is a good all purpose rod for a novice if there is such a thing? I also just found some Lincoln 7018AC rods a local company is getting rid of. They are still all wrapped in 5# boxes with the celophane on them. Would these be a good all purpose rod to dub around with or should I look for something else. Thanks in advance






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 03-08-2005, 15:18 Post: 107540
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7018 is a good all purpose rod for welding low catbon steel in any position. The proper rod thickness needs to be considered for producing a good weld without it being a huge hassle. For welding structural shapes that are 3/16"-3/8" thick, use a 1/8 " 7018 rod for starters. Play with the machine setting until you get a good consistent weld pool and profile. There are a lot of different things that effect weld profile and fusion; travel speed, stand off, current, etc. Try to be as consistent as uou can with your trvel speed and electrode angle. You owners manual will give you some good guidance for the machine setting you should start at.

As far as moisture is concerned, the flux on the rod must be dry for it to burn properly and create the proper gas shield. Once a container is opened, it will need to be re-dried after 4 hours. If you keep the container closed and out of the moisture, you may find the rods burn fine without re-drying. To re-dry, put in a 250 degree oven for two hours before using.






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 03-08-2005, 21:06 Post: 107596
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I like the 7018's for general use.

Also, I get along fine storing them in the o-ring sealed plastic rod containers that you can buy at Lowes or welding supply shops, TSC, etc. As long as the rods were sealed to start with, that is. The first 7018's I bought from the local hardware store are sitting out open in a big box. They caused me a lot of grief until I figured out it was moist rods.

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 03-10-2005, 04:43 Post: 107704
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Thanks for the info on the 7018 rods. At $5 a box maybe I ought to pick up a few more to practice with. I still have to get the electrician to hook up the 220 circuit for now.






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 03-10-2005, 07:04 Post: 107712
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My stick welder is also a Lincoln 225AC. It is great.

Lately I've been practicing with my MIG, and am starting to get the hang of it. Works best on 3/16" and smaller metal, though. It'll never take the place of the big welder.

If you haven't looked at it, the Lincoln web site is a fountain of useful info. Downloadable files on rod selection, user's manuals, etc.

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 04-02-2005, 08:08 Post: 109298
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I finally got my welder hooked up yesterday, more of an expense than I had thought. I don't like messing with 220V so I had an electrician do it that I have used before. When he mentioned it would take #6 wire and he asked how many feet from the box to the receptacle I knew it would be more than I thought. $262 complete, but the guy does a good job, I didn't electrocute myself, and I believe the materials, double 50Amp breaker, wire, heavy receptacle, were pricy. Now when it gets better weather outside, and drys out I will try the beast.






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#8 wire with a #10 ground would of been plunty big enuf wire for your set up and would of saved you some bucks.






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 04-02-2005, 12:29 Post: 109311
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Plots1, Yeah you are probably right. I had a big roll of 4 - 12 leftover from wiring electric heat but he said that wouldn't be heavy enough. He had to run it about 55' from my box to the NEMA 6-50 receptacle and it looks the same wire as the electric range is on, so maybe the distance involved he played it safe.......with my safety and now his money!!






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 04-04-2005, 02:19 Post: 109364
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You did good to wire that heavy. My first home welder was a 225 ad/dc buzz box 20% duty...

Bought a new experienced 250 DC 100% with arc controls and CV circuits, 2 yrs ago. Needed heavier breaker. Heavy wire was already in only had to change the breaker and outlet.






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Here is a link to some basic welding rod info.






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