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> The welder stated that it was acceptable to do this...
Um... What would you expect him to say? I think he's looking for 
forgiveness, not permission. 

He's right that some weld build-up may be used, but not as an excuse for 
poor fit-up. There are some requirements for assembly in AWS D1.1 
sub-part 3.3. Typically the allowed gap is about 1/16 in without backing 
strips, as high as 1/8 or half the smaller thickness if a partial groove 
(not partial penetration) weld is used. One inch is right out. 

There's a real chance of transverse cracks in the weld caused by 
shrinkage with that much weld metal laid in. My first reaction in that 
sort of situation is to have a short emphatic and one-sided discussion 
with the weld supervisor and the welder, before I told them to start over 
and do it right, but the important thing is to make sure that the weld is 
sound unless you want it re-done properly. You need to do whatever it 
takes to get a good X-ray or UT examination. You're looking for cracks 
and lack of fusion way down deep, not surface defects, so the weld 
surface needs to be smooth and finished 

Christopher Wright P.E.    |"They couldn't hit an elephant at
chrisw(--nospam--at)        | this distance"   (last words of Gen.
___________________________| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864)

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