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Old 12-26-2009, 02:33 PM   #1
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For Christmas, my wife bought me a small oxy/acetylene welding set and now I have to learn how to weld...

Any good resources on the Internet or good books you guys can recommend on this subject? I'm a complete welding newb.

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For Christmas, my wife bought me a small oxy/acetylene welding set and now I have to learn how to weld...

Any good resources on the Internet or good books you guys can recommend on this subject? I'm a complete welding newb.

-Todd
I do not think you will be welding anything. Now cutting on the other hand, you are good to go.
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i've been trying to attend a welding class at the local votec school for 2+ years now, every semester they insist on class being tuesday nights and i can't make it, but what i'm saying is i'd take a class, the one i want to take is $850 and 3.5 months long 2 night s a week
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grab some metal run some beads and just plain weld **** up. best way to learn wear gloves flannel shirt and pants. once you get to welding in your shop you tend to forget this and sunburn the living **** out of yourself. my dumbass has done this a few times
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+1 on taking a class. I had to take a welding and casting class for my major last year and learned a lot.

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Hmmm... Never thought about taking a class. That could be fun. I was too nerdy in high school to take a good shop class.

In the meanwhile, I'll just start welding some crap together. I didn't even realize that it came with a small manual that has a basic welding tutorial, read some of it in the crapper this afternoon. It's like welding for 6 year olds... Maybe I'll bring it over to my sister-in-law's and see if her kids can weld up with something.
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Best bet is to find a friend who welds and doesn't mind coming over to show you some stuff from time to time. When I first got my Mig welder a friend came over to give me a few pointers. He works on another shift so that was the only time we hooked up but the 15 minutes of hands on in your face was worth it. Yeah, a class would be better but with the Mig a class really isn't a huge requirement once you know what the ***** and stuff does.

(yes, I know my welds would be better with 40 hours of classroom instruction but I don't have time for that)
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