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Old 07-17-2003, 03:45 PM
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What is the best way to learn how to weld.

I want to learn how to weld so I can hang a couple of quarter panels and whatever else arises.

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Old 07-17-2003, 04:19 PM
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Learn the absolute basics, then practice, practice, practicepracticepracticepracticepracticepracticepr acticepracticepracticepracticepracticepracticeprac ticepracticepracticepracticepracticepracticepracti cepracticepracticepracticepracticepracticepractice practicepracticepracticepracticepracticepracticepr acticepracticepracticepracticepracticepracticeprac tice. You'll get there. Take classes if you can. local community college should have em.
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I'd reccomend if you have a mig or gas welder (most people don't use these no more) to go out and get some scrap sheet metal, and practice. The biggest problem with weling panels on isn't so much the strength of the weld, it's controlling the warpage.

Oh and if you can take a class
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Don't feel bad Stinky. I'm trying to learn as I go on the old 38. I'm terrible at it, but I keep trying. I did find I can see what I'm welding better without my glasses. Go figure.

I can't get a good smooth weld. I get little bumps and balls. Am I too close? Too far away? Too fast? I haven't a clue.
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Hey 38...do you use gas for a shield? Also do you have the right wire in the welder? There is a flux wire, and this is not to be used with the gas shielding. If you use argon and the correct wire it should melt right in smooth. Of course the correct wire fed and temp is a contributing factor also. Stink...check out your local JVS and see if they have some evening courses.

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Old 07-17-2003, 09:21 PM
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Old 07-17-2003, 09:28 PM
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Is it real bad on your eyes??
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Uhh yeah invest in a welding mask and the proper shades for it...
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Old 07-17-2003, 10:08 PM
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I meant as far as strain goes. Ive got "light sensitive" peepers. If the brightness is too sharp no dice. However if the masks dull the light down good enough its not a problem. Ive never looked through a welders mask.
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okay let me explain something... NOBODY should weld without a mask... as for welding masks diming it down... I'd say a little bit... like pitch black and all you see when you are welding is a light green haze over all the metal, kinda like really crappy night vision goggles.

Oh and another point... welding flash is a BEEOTCH if you do it right <------- we need a welding flashed smilie -He's gunna have to do----->
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Old 07-17-2003, 10:31 PM
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take a class if you can, if you can't go to the library, or you could probably find it on the net, a book or two on welding, reAd em to get the basic principles under your belt, but you'll learn more just doing it.
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Don't feel bad Stinky. I'm trying to learn as I go on the old 38. I'm terrible at it, but I keep trying. I did find I can see what I'm welding better without my glasses. Go figure.

I can't get a good smooth weld. I get little bumps and balls. Am I too close? Too far away? Too fast? I haven't a clue.
Little bumps and balls usually means that your weld is A) Too cold or B) Line speed is too fast.

Also MIG isn't meant to be pushed...you need to pull your weld...you'll know what I mean.
Send me a PM 38...

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Take a class and burn up their equiptment and get in as much practice in class as you can.



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You can do like i am doing.I got laid off back in March and my wife is wanting me to go back to school for autobody & fabrication.Well that doesnt start until the end of august.I went to all the local nascar shops and offered "FREE" Labor for some skills in return.I didnt have any luck with the nascar shops but did find a guy that customized and restored street rods, Frame up.I called the guy up and he said that he wasnt needing any help.I mentioned free labor and he wanted me to come by and see him.I will start monday night helping him with some door skins on a model A. Who knows what this may turn into.I do appreciate that he would take the time to help me out though.Just a thought.Heres his website:
http://www.hotrodworld.net/
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Hey S15....BAD LINK!!!!!!!

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