The main task in WELD 209 is to become certified in the vertical up position with shielded metal arc welding. This entails beveling two 3/8" steel pieces to make a 1/4" gap then tack welding those two beveled pieces onto a backing plate with ER6010. Then clamp the weldment vertically to late a root pass with 3/32" ER7016, another pass with 1/8" ER7016, and a cover pass with the 1/8" again.
Wow, does stuff get hot!
I like when I've made a good pass and the flux forms symmetrical reptilian overlapping ridges that come off in long pieces with a light whack from the slag hammer.
Here's how I was set up today.