I got the torch and everything set up now, and after i finally got the acetylene to not leak, I tried actually welding. I was happy it didn't keep popping, now it comes down to just skill. Apparently it's something i'm lacking...
It was 1/8" mild steel the was rusty, but I also cleaned some parts. Much less sparks that way. I was using a #2 tip. I tried both forehand and backhand with the same results.
I started, and it took quite a while to heat up the steel to melting point, but i think that's normal. I'd start with a nice 1/4" puddle that wasn't too cold, but as i moved on, the puddle gets wide fast. An inch later it's 1/2", and i can't control it well then. I can't get enough filler to cover that area. You get the idea.
If anyone knows what's going wrong, tell me
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