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Old 04-23-2007, 09:42 AM
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MIG welding video?

I just picked up a used Lincoln MIG welder and gas bottle.....but I have no clue on how to properly use the thing. Since I am just starting to try my hand at welding does anyone know of a good DVD video that teaches the basics of MIG welding?

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Have never rented this dvd but have used Smartflix before. Was pleased with their service.

http://smartflix.com/store/video/54/...e-Feed-Welding
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You might also want to consider getting a "welding coach" as discussed in this thread Got a welding coach

I asked a friend who used to be a professional welder to come over to my shop and give me a quick lesson or two. It was the BEST couple hours I've ever invested. I originally learned to weld from my dad (this was "farm" welding so not the best of technique) way back in high school and have tried to study and improve over the years. But no amount or reading can compare with having someone right over your shoulder who KNOWS how its supposed to look and sound when you lay a good bead. I had to unlearn a lot of my bad technique, and having a person right there who can point that out is priceless.

If you've got a few bucks and some time, also try to pick up a real course at the community college, vo-tech school, or adult ed class.
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Cboy is right NOTHING beats hands on instruction! A video may be helpful but it will never get the finer points across and you will be wanting to ask questions right off but that thing will not talk to you.
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Unfortunately I don"t have a community college close by and have called around to local welding supply stores and short of full blown daytime classes there is nothing I've found so far. daytime's not an option...work gets in the way!
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Welding lessons

I agree, there is nothing like having an experienced person standing beside you to point out the correct way to get started and what to watch for. I've been a welder for a long time and have helped a lot of young guys get started , and all of them that wanted to learn always picked it up very easily. Mig welding is one of the easiest types of welding to learn. That's why it's become so popular, along with the availability of inexpensive welding machines.
If you can't find a friend to help you get started, you can go to the local welding supply and ask them for a video that comes with their new welding machines. Miller used to supply a video along with their new wire welders that were built with the hobbyist in mind.
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As former USAF welding instructor, I can recommend a book from Home Depot (and I think Lowe's carries it too) called "Welder's Handbook" by Richard Finch. Amazon has it also for under $20. as I recall Finch is a shop teacher and the text reads very easily. We couldn't use it for the USAF class because we had to use an "approved text book" because the classes are accredited as a technical college. Believe me, a few of us instructors would have preferred that book to what we had to use!

Amazon also has a "Monster Garage" welding book ("how to weld damn near anything") by Finch that looks good. I just read the contents and a page excerpt on Amazon, but Finch is a good writer -- presents material in a way that's easy to understand and plenty of photos/illustrations.
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