I was supposed to have a trip today but it got postponed until Friday. So I figured it was a good day to play with the welder instead of getting too serious on the other projects.
I used the little guys because from comments on the internet, supposedly the little welder and the little rods cannot weld 1/4" steel. Well they can, even with less that meticulous surface preparation and fitting. Not that this is the way to do things, but I was pretty impressed with the performance. I am a long way from being a real welder, but I can now stick two pieces of metal together and be pretty sure they aren't coming apart anytime soon.
One of my neighbors, a retired welder with 40 years of experience, stopped by and burnt a few rods with me offering a few tips which can be seen in all the practice welds on the left side of the scrap. He wasn't all that impressed with the little welder but seemed to have fun with it anyway :)
Now all of this welding stuff is just because I have about $300 worth of welding I need to do under the bus to repair some rusted out parts thanks to Wilma and very slow water leak. Instead of just hiring someone I think it is a great opportunity to learn some new stuff. Now that I can make the welds stick I just have to learn to make them look pretty.