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Old 01-10-2009, 11:06 PM
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Example of a student of mine welding.

Today I saw someone who had only held a MIG gun one time in their life before and only for one pull of the trigger, basically zero experiance, go from zero to welding a few perfect welds in literally less than 15 minutes. When I think of how long it took me to do this, I was in awe.

This is after I showed them two plug welds, and two inches of bead, that was it. Handed them the gun and they did these welds!

Click on the link below the last photo to see the student!

Brian

These are plug welds thru 3/16" holes.



These were the two best welds, both could pass the AWS welding test!



Not perfect by a long way, but not bad for the first bead.





Click here to see the student....

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Old 01-10-2009, 11:34 PM
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haha, I was not expecting that - very good!
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HOLY COWS!!!! when you said a student of mine welding, i expected to a crusty old skool welder from a mine. i started looong before migs, when the 2 choices were oxy/acet or DC arc. i pick up on migs a few years ago and compared to arc it was super easy, so the pics of the welds were no suprise to me. then i clicked on the link, expecting to see some crusty old guy--HOLY CRAP, I WAS FLOORED!!!! THAT'S A LITTLE GIRL!!!

so, what are you doing over there?? teaching children to weld, starting a sweat shop to build your cars???

what's next? a 4 year old painting a show car paint job with a spray gun???

Brian, take no offence, i'm just funnin with you. this is a great/very cool post and tell that little girl/student of yours that she is very tallented...

hi JON, i see you are looking too, thanks for this web sight, i'm honored to be a member here...

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Thats a little girl who will never be outta a job in her future.
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Old 01-11-2009, 12:21 AM
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That's my little Dorothy, she's 7 years old and smarter than a whip!

Her brother (he's 11) hangs out in the garage with me soldering and stuff like that. This is a flash light he made last week. I am sanding on my car and he asks "Can I cut this tubing"? I tell him sure, just clamp it in the vice, then a while later "can I have some nylon ties"? Sure, you know where they are.



Anyway, yesterday I gave her an engraver for engraving your name on your tools, that sort of thing. I clamped a piece of metal to a table I have in there and she went at it. I went and checked out what she had done (figuring it was going to be a bunch of squiggly lines and crap) and she had drawn a horse and sponge Bob and a flower.

Today she was out there and her mom came in, she told my wife "This is way funner than in the house playing video games or watching tv!" Darn tooten it is!

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I have a nephew who's 8 and he is quite clearly destined for engineering. Maybe we could get them to meet in a few years... his engineering, her artistic welding talent, my designs, a few wedding bells.


... Hey, I don't have any kids, so I need someone to pay for my nursing home

Heck, I'm just embarrassed that MY welds don't look that good.
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What a cute little girl. I remember when mine were that little. My oldest two were under the hood with me at that age.
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That is so cool. I see a couple future engineers.
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any tattoos yet they love that kind of stuff is SF

at least I now think, I know who the doll was for ..
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Looks like you may have some engineers and fabricators in the future
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whatta' cutie-pie!!!

thanks Brian,
brought back a flood of great memories from when my (mechanically gifted and pretty) daughter was that age....

so rewarding now to often get a "thanks dad" phone call ("I just totally rebuilt the entire home AC system by myself" or some such heavy duty project,,,,)

LOL,,,,you do know you will be wrinkled, grey and bald by the time she is 21 because she is so darn pretty....
and CRS disease is a direct result, price payed for having kids!!!!
(Totally worth it!!!!)
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Wow! Next you just have to teach her how to set the wire speed and amperage and let her teach you something!
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Wow! Next you just have to teach her how to set the wire speed and amperage and let her teach you something!
You know what's funny, I didn't even get into that of course. But she would catch on quick I am sure. I am a pretty basic guy, and I explain things in pretty simple terms, kids catch on pretty quick.

I was telling her before she started that this welder is not much different than a light bulb. The neg electrons are running up the neg cable, and the positive electrons are running up the wire and they hit each other at the point of where the wire touches the metal. She is listening to every word and she repeats what I have told her for before rubbing her hands together she says "And the friction makes it hot". double

She gets it!

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Old 01-11-2009, 11:21 AM
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I did that with my oldest son when he was like three-four. Welding hood leathers, cloves. Let him watch me weld and darn if he didn't get a little hot spark hit his finger from like 5' away thru the glove. I don't like this anymore dad! Now there all grown up and in to computers. Not a mechanic in the bunch, well if computer building counts then we are good.

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That looks like my Snap-On mig welder( bought it new in '84 and still works flawlessly) in the background...that's not a KILO radio sticker on it is it? I've got one on my tool box if it is...from what is showing, with the exception of the Jay (whatever stuff) it has the basic layout of the "KILO rocks" sticker I got back in the 80s while working at a radio station ( we exchanged crap with other stations and KILO was in Colorado...maybe Denver...).
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