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Welding 101

Discussion in 'Tools and Fabrication' started by Iceaxe, Nov 21, 2017.

Where did you learn how to weld?

  1. Figured it out myself

  2. Took a class

  3. Online course

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  4. Became fully certified

  1. Nostradamus

    Nostradamus SILVER Star

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    Sep 6, 2013
    Seattle, WA
    I took an adult education class offered through the county extension office and held at a local community college shop. Was 1 night a week for a couple of hours for something like 6 weeks (was in the mid 1980's, so I don't recall exactly). Was me and a few farmers who wanted to gorilla weld on their farm equipment. We did some stick welding, simple wire feed stuff, and oxy/acetylene using old coat hangers IIRC. I'd say it was a step below a normal community college class, but a step above nothing. I've not had nearly enough practice to be any good, but have a 110V wire feed welder that even my kids can use, and a 220V AC buzzbox stick welder. Someday when I have more time, I'd like to play around with more exotic stuff I see on youtube.

    My personal experience with anything that relates to craftsmanship is to apprentice yourself to a guru who can show you the ropes. I've never had anyone say no to a sincere request for guidance on something they're good at. Offer to pay for time/materials/beer and you'll likely move up the curve quickly.

    The older I get, the more I realize that I should have taken advantage of some old timers when I was young, they could have and would have taught me a great deal.
  2. fjwagon


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    Dec 7, 2004
    At the age 12 I would help my dad with his projects. He would tell me what settings he wanted. Get tools and the part I hated most was hold stuff while he welded. We did not clamps. Anyhow, I learn when he would go to work. I got pretty good after a lot of practice.

    There is a lot of good advice given here. Learn to weld 3 inch beads on scrape metal. Prep your metal. Once you can weld a bead on a flat surface practice doing "vertical" beads....like if welding on wall. Do a lot readingon structure welding. Google welding sites for more info. The last thing I will say is if you like it enough, get a nice220 v. a/c welder.
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