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Step 1: Plug in the machine
Step 2: Turn on and grounding the machine
After your ground clamp is in place, you can turn the machine on. Be careful when you turn the machine on, the electrode holder (torch) is now HOT HOT HOT!!!
Step 3: Filler rod selection, amperage selection
If you are new to stick welding I recommend you start practicing with the 6013 electrode on thick steel.
You will also need to select the proper electrode diameter. This chart will help you:
Once you have chosen your electrode kind and size, you will need to set the amperage on the machine. The chart (the link above) will tell you the proper amperage range for each kind of electrode. Set the machine accordingly.