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Re: This is impressive!

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Bob Huntress

12-12-2012 19:28:08

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Puddles, you know how we develop habits and even as time goes on and it may not be true, we still act on it. I worked in two welding shops in the Coast Guard, though I am not a welder by trade. The standards for welding aluminum permently were MIG or TIG. I realize that a lot of people stick weld aluminum, and obviously they make rods for both stick and torch. I still never weld aluminum with anything but MIG or TIG. TIG being prefered, if it can be done in the shop. I have yet, to get my own TIG welder, however. I should open my mind up to the idea that the Coast Guard could be wrong, and technology does advance. We were allowed (on paper anyway) to make temporary welds to transport something by trailer to the shop with aluminum stick rod, just not a finished weld job.

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12-12-2012 19:46:23

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 Re: This is impressive! in reply to Bob Huntress, 12-12-2012 19:28:08  
Bob, aluminum was gas welded long before arc and heliarc (TIG) were developed. Gas welding fell out of favor because TIG is easier to learn and doesn't use corrosive flux that has to be cleaned off after welding. But gas is still favored by some sheet metal artisans, mainly because it leaves a flat bead than can be easily planished out.

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Bob Huntress

12-12-2012 21:00:34

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 Re: This is impressive! in reply to MarkB_MI, 12-12-2012 19:46:23  
Mark, I am aware that other welding processes will weld aluminum, yet other than tacking something in place to transport it to a welding shop, we were never allowed to use any process but TIG or MIG. At the yard that I worked nights, we used stick for the bed of the rollback, but we just weren't allowed to at the shop. Perhaps it may have had something to do with skill level, though it wasn't easy to learn how to TIG aluminum, either.

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