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Old 10-25-2005, 03:33 AM
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I want to learn how to weld

Basic stuff. Sloppy, but strong. I have no idea where to start, or even the basics. I do know that I can't stop staring at the arc. It's just beautiful.

Can anyone recommend any books, equiptment, that sorta thing?
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Old 10-25-2005, 04:38 AM
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Perhaps try your community college, they should have stuff like that.
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Old 10-25-2005, 05:25 AM
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Basic stuff. Sloppy, but strong. I have no idea where to start, or even the basics. I do know that I can't stop staring at the arc. It's just beautiful.

Can anyone recommend any books, equiptment, that sorta thing?
Good man, I should'a learned that years ago at a community college -- they have classes here in Oakland. Don't delay.
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Old 10-25-2005, 10:29 AM
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I took an evening class on welding at the local vocational/technical high school. It was great. I still can't weld worth a darn, but I got the basics.

Get a oxy-acetylene setup. That is even more fun to stare at than an arc welder.
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Old 10-25-2005, 11:35 AM
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Horses for courses.
Oxy-acetylene is quite versatile but difficult on sheet metal or on thick stuff.
Mig is good on sheet metal and up to maybe 1/4" but the welds aren't deep on heavy stuff.
Tig is good on tube and sheet metal but requires great skill.
Arc is good on 1/8" and above and makes a nice deep weld.

Most pro welders have all of the above and use them regularly to stay good. They can make it look easy. I have a 240v mig and a torch for heat and can stick things together, but it's not art. In most cases you are way further ahead to have a pro weld for you.

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Old 10-25-2005, 01:18 PM
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Go to a book store and buy a book on welding, basic not advanced.

Also go here, they have some online instructional courses

http://www.lincolnelectric.com/knowledge/

MIG or Oxy is always the debate. I learned on a MIG. bought the Weldpak-100 from Lincoln-Electric and started to practice. I also have a basic welding book. The video provided with the welder was all I needed to learn how to watch the puddle and weld. It does take practice but for a 65 Mustang and a steel fence. I'm fine. Aircraft TIG aluminum welding - Nope. But for the things around the house, I'm fine.

Also consider the community college. I just have not had time to that route, but would like to do it
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Old 10-25-2005, 04:40 PM
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I hope you're kidding about that "staring at the arc" bit. Real quick way to damage your eyesight, and without eyesight, you're not gonna be a very good welder.
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Old 10-25-2005, 04:49 PM
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Unless you're certain that you're going to benefit from the investment, then taking adult industrial arts courses makes more sense than buying hardware and ruining perfectly good steel. Once you get the basics, particularly the safety and proper technique, and feel that you're ready to buy a rig and protective gear, then go for it.
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