Sorry for all the questions at once, I just started learning to stick weld with a Linde 230 Amp AC machine.
I am doing fine with the heavy steel, but I am having a lot of trouble with the thin stuff. I keep blowing holes in it and my finished joints look pretty rough, full of gaps and holes. I have been using 6011 rods, 3/32" and setting the amps down around 60-65, if I try to go lower than that I can't draw an arc. I tried some 6013s also with no luck. The steel is square tube, I don't know the gauge but is is about 3/32" when I measure it with a caliper.
It is especially bad if the fit up is not perfect, I just seem to make the gap bigger then keep grinding and bridging till it holds.
Any help would be appreciated. I wanted to master stick welding first, before I invest in a good MIG.