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STICK WELDING THIN METAL using 120 volt power - 💥Beginner Welding Series

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STICK WELDING THIN METAL using 120 volt power Beginner Welding Series. Follow along as I repair some thin metal using 6011 electrodes. I discuss metal prep, things to consider when using extension cords and show you a few gadgets to make welder setup a breeze! Link to Welder: https://amzn.to/2J6MngZ Link to Metal Thickness Guage: https://amzn.to/2LxY0vV SUBSCRIBE to Brandon Lund DIY Builds: https://www.youtube.com/brandonlund THE TOOLS & GEAR I USE 🔴 https://www.amazon.com/shop/brandonlund Any commission earned from the above Amazon affiliate links all goes towards helping to support my channel. FOLLOW ME (for behind the scenes stuff)! ⇨ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lunddiybuilds ⇨ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LundDIYBuilds ⇨ Twitter: https://twitter.com/LundDIYBuilds Online Welding Calculator: https://www.millerwelds.com/resources/weld-setting-calculators For Business Inquiries: [email protected] Disclaimer: These videos are intended for entertainment purposes only and as such, you should not attempt to do any of the things you see me doing. Always read and follow the manufacturer’s safety guidelines before handling tools. Seek professional advice and training before using any welding equipment. Never operate any tool without wearing the proper personal protective equipment. Final warning, Do not attempt to do any of the things you see me doing!
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Beno (7 months ago)
Great video for a learner (me!) Best vid I've seen for a learner with much more detail that others usually skip over. All the best from Australia.
Brandon Lund (4 months ago)
+海鷗 What is all this nonsense about the government? What does any of this have to do with this video?
海鷗 (4 months ago)
海鷗 (4 months ago)
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Brandon Lund (7 months ago)
Thank you very much!
Ty Kellerman (13 days ago)
Great video you made my welder decision easier I was looking at a mig but if that welder can do light material fantastic thanks 🤠👍
Brandon Lund (12 days ago)
Your welcome! Glad I could help and I appreciate your support.
petcatznz (17 days ago)
Great video, thank you for posting it. I especially like the Miller app references, this app will be really useful to me.
Brandon Lund (17 days ago)
Your welcome! Glad I could help! I appreciate your support!
Christopher Greenough (22 days ago)
Great vid mate chears.. Thanks for the miller calculator, I actually found they have an app as well... Another greatful Aussie
Brandon Lund (22 days ago)
Glad I could help buddy and thanks for the support! Cheers
Ronald Mcdonald (1 month ago)
What rod do you think would work best for filling the gap between his teeth
abdul Hamid Hazaini (1 month ago)
Good tips and impressive infos to be shared. Thank you.
Brandon Lund (1 month ago)
Thanks Abdul!
sir, nice video for us beginners, how about 6013, is it advisable to use on thin materials also and what is the advisable ampere? thank and godbless
Brandon Lund (2 months ago)
+arsenio egoy torogi guinat Your welcome :)
+Brandon Lund thanks for the link and i watch it
Brandon Lund (2 months ago)
Thank you! Here is a 6013 video you might find helpful! https://youtu.be/eaQ3BHSArZQ
Tank Soldier (3 months ago)
That worked great on the 120 v , ? Time , does it hurt your eyes to watch the ark flash in your videos ? I know it's not a lot of time in the videos ?
Brandon Lund (3 months ago)
I couldn't tell the difference between 120 and 240. Just as smooth. Arc flash, no.
Gotta Go (3 months ago)
Free fire wood
Brandon Lund (3 months ago)
Hahaha not quite 😁 I got a lot of time in that wood. Cheers brother!
Dave (4 months ago)
I just made an extension cord out of house wire
Brandon Lund (3 months ago)
Dave it’s all good man. I used a house wire cord for years and had zero issues. Cheers brother!
Dave (3 months ago)
+Brandon Lund I hear what your saying, I do need to get an extension cord that will work, but funds are too tight for that right now, but its in the "one of these days" shopping list,lol
Brandon Lund (3 months ago)
That works too Dave. I have done it. With that being said, I would never discourage anyone from doing something to better their situation, I would just point out that NMB wire (which is what most house wire is) is not rated to be used as an extension cord. The jacket surrounding the conductors is much thinner than SJ or SO cord (which is what many flexible cords are made from). However, It will absolutely work, just be careful. If you get a small nick in the wire and your using it outside and the ground is damp, you can see where this is going. I hope im not coming off as a negative person. I just don't want to see you or anyone get hurt. Just be careful. Cheers brother and weld on!
kimberHD45 (4 months ago)
Thank you for the great information on this video
Brandon Lund (4 months ago)
I'm glad I could help!
Anon Ymous (4 months ago)
Awesome video. I just picked up a welder for the very first time tonight on some thin mild steel. This helped.
Brandon Lund (4 months ago)
+Anon Ymous Thank you, I appreciate your support!
Anon Ymous (4 months ago)
+Brandon Lund Thanks for the reply, Brandon! Subscribed! I am enjoying your content tremendously.
Brandon Lund (4 months ago)
First off, thank you. Second, congratulations on getting into welding! I've been welding for many years and I still learn new stuff. It's a lot of fun! Thanks for watching and I appreciate your support!
boy oy (4 months ago)
You love the welding not the chair..
Brandon Lund (4 months ago)
Right on! 😁👍
ajay reddy (4 months ago)
What electrodes need to be used for AISI 1018 (ø 1" and 1.6 mm thick ) tubes ??? and other parameters. Please help me figure out
Brandon Lund (4 months ago)
This is just typical low carbon steel and you can use which ever readily available process you choose. As far as electrodes, you are trying to weld 1" tube and 1.6 mm tube?
Oi Mate (4 months ago)
Thanks for walking us through your project, your settings, and what works for you. Much appreciated and most helpful
Brandon Lund (4 months ago)
Thank you! I'm glad I could help!
impactajuvenile (4 months ago)
You got a lot of firewood there boy...? Must get cold there?
Brandon Lund (4 months ago)
Good eye! About 5 cords of wood there and it gets very cold with lots of snow
CivJosh (4 months ago)
Welp, i was hoping for some hillbilly heliarc!
Brandon Lund (4 months ago)
Hahaha maybe ill do a little Texas Tig in an upcoming video. I might really get creative and "laywire" a 7018 across the joint and Texas Tig on top of it. Triple rod lol cheers brother.
Jack Woods (4 months ago)
You want thin try welding on a 55 gal. Barrel man that is thin!
Brandon Lund (4 months ago)
Jack Woods it sure is. I have some very thin sheet metal welding videos coming out very soon...
Rick Merino (4 months ago)
Thank you for the video it was very informative i will use it for any of my future projects.
Brandon Lund (4 months ago)
Thank you for your suppport!
Terry Northrup (4 months ago)
Nice Video. You do an excellent job with your presentation. You make it easy to understand and follow. Thank you.
Brandon Lund (4 months ago)
Thank you very much Terry! I appreciate your support!
Richard Harms (4 months ago)
3\32 6010, 6011 if ....
ryan abcdefg (4 months ago)
6011 is for penetration, surprised you didn't put a hole in the material.
Brandon Lund (4 months ago)
You can turn it down below the recommended amperage and you can do short stitch welds if it digging too deep.
Bob Blob (4 months ago)
How well does a stick welder do for a 120v 20 amp breaker? I've been told it's useless.
海鷗 (4 months ago)
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Bob Blob (4 months ago)
+Brandon Lund Thanks!
Brandon Lund (4 months ago)
+Bob Blob If I remember correctly, when its maxed out on 120v it will trip out a 20 amp breaker, but not immediately. I can weld for around 30 seconds when its maxed out before it trips. My plasma cutter does the same thing when maxed out on 120v
Bob Blob (4 months ago)
+Brandon Lund No tripping of the breaker??
Brandon Lund (4 months ago)
Honestly, with this welder on 120v vs 240v I cant tell the difference. It welds EXACTLY the same. However, the welder maxes out at around 130 if I remember correctly when it's on 120.
Steven W (4 months ago)
only watched 1.5 minutes. You call that thin metal? that's thick! Thin metal is auto body floor pans and car door frames, chassis subframes on 70s-80s cars etc. That's what I want to see successfully welded with 1.6mm and 2mm electrodes.
Bob (1 month ago)
MIG would be best
Brandon Lund (1 month ago)
+Arturo Zanti I dont have any first hand experience with harbor freight welders but I would encourage you to go with the highest amperage unit you can afford. Buying a welder is much like building a garage...its perfect at first, but as time goes on, you wish you went a a little bigger.
Arturo Zanti (1 month ago)
+Brandon Lund sir, so for body work or thin material would you recomend the 90 or 125 amp harbor freight welder. ?
nuff said (2 months ago)
same here.
john dowe (4 months ago)
Weld two aluminum cans together 😎
Victor Ryan (4 months ago)
I want to see how to Oxy Acetylene weld T Joints.
Victor Ryan (4 months ago)
Awesome. Thanks for responding. I'm having a little problems with Oxy-Acetylene T Joints. I've looked all over youtube for Oxy-Fuel welding T Joints and there's only a couple vids but they're not up close or not in detail or I can't see what the person is doing. So I figured I'd ask a bunch of Youtube welders to see if they could possibly upload a video. :D
Brandon Lund (4 months ago)
Oxy Fuel welding is probably my favorite... it takes a fairly high degree of skill and practice to get a decent looking weld. I got my crash coarse about 35 years ago welding in floor pans. It then progressed into custom body work / chopped tops and lead work. I still have all my gear but I have pretty much replaced it all with tig brazing for the most part.
ghetto bikelife (4 months ago)
That’s a sweet welder but the fan sounds terrible
Brandon Lund (4 months ago)
Thanks man, I don't really notice the fan being much louder than any of my other inverter welders. It could just be the video.
Toto Guy (4 months ago)
be nice to see thinner metal like 1mm 1.5mm and 2mm. i dont know what the conversion is sorry.
Brandon Lund (4 months ago)
Thanks buddy! Here is some 1 and 2 mm welding :) https://youtu.be/eaQ3BHSArZQ
Mercer Frey (4 months ago)
wow, didn't know people really calculate their settings for stick welding
Rolando Crisostomo (23 days ago)
You have too. For best results
Brandon Lund (4 months ago)
Mercer Frey every electrode has a recommended amperage rating as a starting point. It’s usually printed on the label. Eventually with experience and time, the beginner welder will remember what rod runs with what amperage.
Stan Tilton (4 months ago)
Practical, working video. Great job!
Brandon Lund (4 months ago)
Thank you!
David Baylor (4 months ago)
Wow, real world example. I just subscribed based off this video. Thank you.
Brandon Lund (4 months ago)
Thank you! I appreciate your support!
John Pearson (4 months ago)
Power is measured in watts, not volts.
Brandon Lund (4 months ago)
I'm not sure what your referring to. The welder was plugged into a 120 volt receptacle for this repair.
Buck Otte (5 months ago)
Could I run 3/32 6011 rods on a Clark 110 v. machine: their E-95 model ? [the machine maxes out at 90 amps, A/c only.]
Buck Otte (5 months ago)
Thanks Brandon.
Brandon Lund (5 months ago)
I have not used that specific machine, but yes you can run 3/32" 6011 with that machine. You will be pretty close to maxed out though. That rod runs around 75 Amps. 6011 rods can be used on ac or dc machines.
anonymous (5 months ago)
Good job Moe
Brandon Lund (5 months ago)
Thank you!
Angelo Joson (5 months ago)
Did you have more thin project bro like car muffler?
Brandon Lund (5 months ago)
This one is a little thicker than muffler but goes into detail https://youtu.be/jj7uCglBFAc This one is real thin metal https://youtu.be/eaQ3BHSArZQ
clutch in (5 months ago)
6011 is the best rod for any job, is very penetrant, you can tun it colder than it was made for, welds dirty metal, and unprepped metal so 6013 is not a good electrode guys it only has a good finish, 6011 is the best option
Swampy (4 months ago)
Sometimes 6011 penetrates too deep if your welding thin sheetmetal. I've had better usage with 6013.
clutch in (4 months ago)
+海鷗 whaaat
海鷗 (4 months ago)
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Well Wisdom (5 months ago)
Brandon Lund (5 months ago)
Thank you very much!
dan walker (5 months ago)
I'm trying to weld tin cans with an old dayton welder from the 50's...Ive got it on the lowest possible amperage and using a 6013 rod; 1/16th" on 110vac...I cant seem to get it lit, if i up the amps, it just burns right thru...any suggestions?
Brandon Lund (4 months ago)
+Merlin Cat SPOT ON BROTHER! Great Advise! I use a copper bar, but I like your idea of using a piece of copper water pipe! Great idea and great comment! Thank you
Merlin Cat (4 months ago)
dan walker Grab a short piece of old copper water pipe. Flatten the end do it sits more or less in full contact behind what you’re welding on. Hold it there with a gloved hand and it will likely weld for you. The copper will absorb some of the excess heat yet won’t weld itself to the workpiece. This works pretty well in cases like that. Also try using 6011. Because it’s a Fast Freeze rod and may work better for you. You might also try reversing the polarity if your machine has the capability. You sort of have to screw around with techniques in cases like this till you see what is working best for you sometimes. That’s why you need to practice on similar scrap to get it dialed in first. Don’t fall for that “get out of the Stone Age get a $1000+ MiG or you’re wasting your time” crap. When I went looking for a welder in the early 90s I was told stick welding rods were likely not even going to be available in 10 years........yea sure! I got one eventually, a 135 Hobart, just for body panels. Today my preference is still the old AC/DC Lincoln Tombstone.
ghetto bikelife (4 months ago)
dan walker what if you used a tiny bit of tinfoil or a metal shaving to strike the arc on? Then it would burn back instantly once striked. I’ve heard of ppl using their tig filler rod to start their arc but always wondered about this lol
Brandon Lund (5 months ago)
+Jeffrey Chavey You do not necessarily need lessons to make a repair like this. You could literally watch videos like mine and others and probably do a pretty decent job, however, if your able, a few night classes at your local school would probably help. In my opinion, nothing beats hands on instruction where someone can look over your shoulder and give you pointers on what your doing.
Jeffrey Chavey (5 months ago)
Thanks! Do you recommend welding lessons before doing a job in this league? I’m new to this
dan walker (5 months ago)
Tan Kok Chin (6 months ago)
Thank you , it help me a lot for beginner
Brandon Lund (6 months ago)
Excellent! I'm glad I was able to help!
Pankaj Vig (6 months ago)
Can you please let me know if it's okay to hold the electrode while welding? Do I need some special kind of gloves for it or if leather will work okay? Is there any risk of electric shock?
J.A.E 1979 (4 months ago)
Don't use wet gloves it'll shock the crap out of you
Brandon Lund (6 months ago)
So the correct answer is there is always that risk of electrocution when welding. Then there is what actually happens. I routinely brace the rod (especially on thin rods that bounce around) and I wear just standard leather welding gloves. Been doing it for years.
Daniel Ciliberto (6 months ago)
Brandon, very good videos. Greetings from Argentina, I continue with my little knowledge of the language.
Brandon Lund (6 months ago)
Thank you very much! Cheers!
First Last (7 months ago)
I took a box of used perforator blades from work maybe 15lbs. They are all about 9 inches long, less than 1/16 thick I think and might be high speed steel. Sounds like I need different practice scrap
Brandon Lund (7 months ago)
First Last hardened steel welds differently. If you go to your local scrap yard they might even give you some thin mild steel. I rummage through mine weekly :)
Mr Jay White (7 months ago)
so this would be how to weld up a steel bike frame?
Mr Jay White (7 months ago)
im just a hobbyist, so all i have is a 200amp stick welder i have been teaching myself with. i think its best to learn welding the hard way anyway, then move on to the easier methods when i go take a proper welding course. not too thrilled at the idea of stick welding .9mm tubes of 4140 either, due to how likely it is il just blow holes in the stuff. so im just getting the best information i can before trying it. at the moment im trying to figure out if i need 6011 or 7018 rods. this project is my next self teaching course, so i can move on from making garden decorations out of scrap.
Brandon Lund (7 months ago)
Mr Jay White the best process for a bike frame would be tig, but if you don't have access to tig, you could do it with stick but it will be difficult. I have a video about welding sheet metal that might be helpful. If you have access to a spare bicycle, I would do a bunch of practicing first to get your amperage dialed in.
Probable_Soliton (8 months ago)
Your really good. Thankyou for your help! 😁
Brandon Lund (7 months ago)
Zechariah thank you very much!
Lucas Robinson (8 months ago)
It is so unfortunate that so many people just starting out welding start with a stick welder and try to weld thin metal. It can be so hard! Despite that I have a little 120v everlast stick welder that I learned on and absolutely love it. Welding can be so addicting.
海鷗 (4 months ago)
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Brandon Lund (8 months ago)
Right on Lucas! I would encourage anyone first learning to weld to hold off on welding thin material until you get proficient with thicker stuff. I'm very impressed with today's technology with how stable an arc can be on 120 volts. It's quite impressive!
Francisco Valdez (8 months ago)
Porque no 6013?
Brandon Lund (8 months ago)
6011 works a little better when the metal is dirty
Berzo project (9 months ago)
like this video man.
Berzo project (9 months ago)
thanks man
Brandon Lund (9 months ago)
Berzo RCB project thanks brother!
Berzo project (9 months ago)
58 like
Welding Junkie (9 months ago)
Another great video. I love how you find these little stick welder and love them.
Brandon Lund (9 months ago)
Thanks buddy! As I was telling another commenter, 99% of my experience is on transformer based welders, so these little inverter based units really impress me. Im super impressed how well this unit will light a rod and maintain an arc. I really push it's capabilities in next weeks video when I attempt to weld 16 gauge sheet metal with it!
Jaques Daniels (9 months ago)
That turned out well, you are right, thats the sort of job DIY folks have to tackle and it usually ends up a mess and they get discouraged, inverter set are a great help, plus of course youtube channels like yours. MIG fluxcore is also handy for jobs like that, but clean up tends to be more time consuming, plus more spatter usually. Using heavier duty cable is a good tip, I was laying out an extension cable once and my wife said "my, thats a very thick wire" made me check to see if the zipper on my jeans was open:)
Brandon Lund (9 months ago)
Thanks for the compliment Jaques! I'm old school so 99% of my experience is on transformer based welders. Going from a transformer to an inverter like this one is like night and day as far as i'm concerned. The inverters are way easier to start and maintain an arc as far as i'm concerned. Time will tell I guess if electronics will win over a solid state transformer machine. My wife has never commented on me having thick wires :) Take care brother!
Ray B. (9 months ago)
Nice video! I find 6011 likes to get stuck but I have been using it more.. I would love to see more stick welding videos! Thanks!
Welding Junkie (9 months ago)
6011 if you keep getting stuck just bump your amps up a little bit. You’re prob a little cold. It’s a good all purpose rod. I use 6010 but it’s just what my Invertig 221 likes
Brandon Lund (9 months ago)
Ray B. 6011 is what I learned on. In my opinion if you can do a good job with 6011, everything else seems to come a little easier. Stay tuned next friday there will be another stick welding video
Gordon Reiher (9 months ago)
Just out of curiosity, why did you elect to start on the coldest setting?
Brandon Lund (9 months ago)
Gordon Reiher I felt fairly comfortable that anything more than the lowest setting would possibly burn through so I started low to see what kind of penetration it had
Gordon Reiher (9 months ago)
nice looking garage ! did you build that?
Brandon Lund (9 months ago)
I didn't build it Gordon but I rebuilt most of everything that you saw. It was pretty run down
D Rickard (9 months ago)
Good stuff...well presented! It may have been just me but there appears to be a significant difference in volume on the voice overs.
Brandon Lund (9 months ago)
D Rickard thank you...yes I’m having some equipment issues. I should have it resolved for upcoming episodes
Jackie L (9 months ago)
Thank you for saving the deck furniture!! You are the BEST!!

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