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Everyone is impressed with a nice-looking weld bead, but the stack-of-dimes look is hard to achieve. The key is to start and stop as infrequently as possible and develop a rhythm for moving the torch and dipping the filler rod. We’ve had welding instructors tell us that some people chant or recite a cadence to themselves as they go. Try it! It works. Once you’re comfortable with the technique, try joining two pieces together. The lap weld is the easiest because it is the least sensitive to heat input.