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  • milner351
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    The class I took started with the torch, I regret not spending more time on that at home, it always seems to take too long, and the MIG is just too damned easy (and too easy to do WRONG aka "caulking with metal")
    We went oxy acet
    stick
    mig
    tig
    tig on stainless
    tig on aluminum

    Best class I've ever taken, followed closely by the machine shop class - but I don't have a mill or lathe - so I've been unable to continue with those skills.

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  • squirrel
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    Taking the welding courses at the local Vo-Tech has proven to be the most useful classes I have taken.
    No argument here....and I went thru four years of engineering school

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  • catchmeblue70
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    Yay! Another convert! I took a class as an elective and ended up loving it, but there's no reason you have to learn gas first. We were on a rotation and mine went stick, MIG, plasma cutter, gas cutting torch, gas, brazing then TIG. So it can be done however. If you decide to take a class you won't regret it. Learning the correct welds and types of metals and stuff is as useful as the actual act of welding. Plus it always feels great one-upping the guys

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  • Fordplay0621
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    Im welding up the rest of the rollcage in the KIA tomorrow
    Come on Mornin.

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  • Loren
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    the strangest plague I have encountered yet...the tiny things so many people focus on, it even changes values incorrectly.
    So true, and...

    Another one for my book of Boxerisms...

    You encountered that plague because you've grown, not because it wasn't always there.

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  • Schtauffer
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    Taking the welding courses at the local Vo-Tech has proven to be the most useful classes I have taken.

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  • Barry Donovan
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    Tell them you are a THERMAL FUSION TECHNICIAN. I did that. I specalized in sanitary control. I worked fabing a sewage treatment plant.

    Nick
    sounds more respectable.

    welding to one that does not know, is like class A trucking to someone who drove nothing but little cars.

    opening your mind shrinks alot of things...and that allows for more thinking without intimidation.

    my friend in high school crushed a roof on an old chevy pickup after flipping it end for end, and then like a hot dog.

    at 6 foot 6 he thought nothing of it. Me? I was in awe at how small that truck was treated, and to witness it back on the road after thrashing by hand/hammering/ cutting and welding..

    I have never been the same after welding.

    Truckdriving was my strange leap into a different realm of what is strong or not..but you get what I am saying if you have welded automobiles.

    the strangest plague I have encountered yet...the tiny things so many people focus on, it even changes values incorrectly.
    Last edited by Barry Donovan; January 3rd, 2013, 07:47 PM.

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  • Thumpin455
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    I have just about gotten the hang of welding on cars. I spend just as much on angle grinder wheels as I do on gas and wire.

    I learned to solder at tech school, well to do it properly. Since then working with things I can stick together that way is very enjoyable. I get a kick out of building stills and then having them work as nice as they do.

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  • oldsman496
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    Years ago I was sticking a new floor into an old car of mine (in the dead of winter ) and I called off sick from work for a day to finish it......I didn't wear a helmet since most of the work was spot welds.....went into work the next day with a bad "sunburn" ...... a couple days later my face started peelin' ...... wear your safety gear.

    Welding rules. you can make ANYTHING if you can weld. so much fun it should be illegal!

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  • brandontinley
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    Lol that's a good idea, maybe it will pay more that way

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  • nickleone
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    Welding is fun and a very undervalued trade and skill. When people ask what I do and I say I am a welder they kinda seem let down? I dig it and love fabricating things up.. The best way to get good is practicing or takes welding class
    Tell them you are a THERMAL FUSION TECHNICIAN. I did that. I specalized in sanitary control. I worked fabing a sewage treatment plant.

    Nick

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  • Deaf Bob
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    I have a love/hate relationship with welding. I love joining metal together but hate that I'm not very good at it.

    Dan
    Practice, practice, practice... Watch what you do, see how different stuff reacts..
    I started building my derby cars after work at the yard.. Some welds broke, some didn't.. Once I started welding at home with the old one.. Pretty much stopped breaking welds ..

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  • DanStokes
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    I have a love/hate relationship with welding. I love joining metal together but hate that I'm not very good at it.

    Dan

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  • Deaf Bob
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    I learned to become good, and my son as well.. He took classes at school, then came home.. Wanted to use mine.. Fine. Rod there, helmet here, gloves with the helmet... I went in the house and after awhile he comes in, plops down all sweaty.. Could not start a bead... Why? 1937 Centry.. Not fast start.. Went out, ran a bead, showed him how.. Now he lays down beads better than some pros.. He could earn a living doing that.. He has to be good as he is driving the car he builds the cage in.. I do need more practice..
    I built a car crusher from scratch.. Just welded it.. Took me almost 3 weeks of 4-8 pm 4 days a week, 10-12 hrs 2 days a week .
    Deck that crushed was 1 inch I-beam side by side 12" wide.. Used 1/2" rod.. Taught 2 people to weld on that job too..
    Built cherry picker tong base from scratch.. ..

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  • Scott Liggett
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    ^^^^ Uncultured heathen. ^^^^

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