It has been a while, but my Uncle was making the 4 hour drive up to my area for something else, and while he was up here he hooked up a 220v outlet in the garage for me. Not being able to use the stick welder has been holding me up on a few things, especially the Power King Dump Tractor build. It only took an hour and a half to install the outlet, that includes running a new wire from the garage to the breaker box in the the basement, and going to Boss Man Harry's (10 minutes away) to borrow his hammer drill.
Once the outlet was in, I wasted no time in making a few passes on a piece of scrap. Although the welds were pretty good, I could tell that I have not used a stick welder in just shy of two months. Not only have I not been practicing, but the welder only produces AC, which is different then the DC I am used to. I am sure that within the next few days, I will have already burnt down many electrodes, and will be used to the AC.
I am very glad to now have a 220v in the garage, and I am looking forward to getting some welding done!