I have a stick welder. Just your basic AC welder that does a good job
on thicker metals and always burns holes in thin metal.
Anyhow, I have never had any other type of welder, and have done a lot
of experimentation with different rods. But, I had to do some welding
on some thinner metal (fix the rust holes on my old pickup truck). I
came to the conclusion that no matter how low I set the amps, and no
matter what type of rod I use, I will end up with welds that look like
A friend of mine works in a welding shop, and I asked him what it
would cost me to weld the patches for me, using a wire feed welder.
Well, I could not resist his offer, which was bring it over after the
shop closes for the day on Friday, and bring a few 12 packs of beer,
plus pay for the welding wire (or his boss will kill him). So, thats
what we did, and I got an excellent job and we both got pretty loaded
after the welding. So, besides the beer, it cost me $12 for the wire.
Anyhow, after I got home, I got to thinking about those wire welders.
The rods for a stick welder are coated with flux. The wire for a wire
welder dont have any flux on it, or none that is noticable. I was
always under the impression that flux was a MUST when welding (and
soldering or brazing). Without flux, how does a wire welder weld?
Does anyone know?