Today was an awful day. It was long, hot, and difficult.
What’s worse, I could not get into the swing of welding at all. Laying down loose welds, full of holes, spatter everywhere…
Got many many sparks inside the helmet, got a spark right down my back. That hurt. Caught weld flare twice. That sucks more than anything.
Did I not enjoy today?
Don’t get me wrong, I love welding. But when you can’t get into a rhythm on it, it can be a punishing mistress.
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See what I mean? Way too wide, moving too slowly, lots of spatter. Most of these problems are aesthetic, but in a structural situation these welds would not be adequate.
Later we switched to a lighter plate, thinner rods… and finally I cracked it.
It was the best weld I had laid all day. Unfortunately it was also the best weld I would lay all day. I had a few good runs on that piece of work, but the overall product at the end of the day was not up to my personal standard.
The Mad Industrialist gets back on that Iron Horse.