yesterday i tried the tig.drilled my test holes in scrap and 1st shot i laid a smooth puddle over that hole that would require next to no grinding. Imagine my joy when i turned the scrap piece on its side and tried again. Complete failure, worse than anything ive tried so far with drips of metal running everywhere.
then i tried the plain wire and gas again and cant even strike a bead. pure popcorn.
today i tried back to flux wire and reverse polarity and no change. That first pull of the trigger either sends the wire into the work with no arc, or pops once before it starts to arc smoothly. This is the beginning of the mountains of shitty quality weld that has me grinding forever, and then pinholes to patch after that.
I cant adjust wire feed any slower. ive tried all heat settings and anything above 1 will start arc slightly better but burn through the edge of the hole very quickly.
I hear your advice on how long to hit it. im not doing it any longer, in fact shorter i'm sure.
When i succeed in not melting the edge of the hole i'm left with a blob of weld thats like a ball. and all i can seem to do is attach another ball to that one and so on. its like the penetration is crap and a bunch of balls looks terrible and makes me the father of all grinding.
my technique seems to be improving and the last couple of holes i did yesterday were passable
im going to have at it again today. wasting a week on this already. I'm sick to death of this job and watching youtube tutorials and reading welding forums.