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learning to weld(3 posts)

learning to weldJS Haiku Shop
Mar 19, 2003 8:50 AM
i'd like to take some classes or get one-on-one instruction on the basics of welding. objectives are to be able to create ornamental yard sculpture and rough structures for use in the yard and around the garage. i don't know the first thing about welding.

what time, expense, and equipment is involved?

any input on these or other related topics is welcomed!

TIA!

-J
go with wire welderDougSloan
Mar 19, 2003 9:08 AM
I took metal shop in junior high, then did some welding in my car racing days.

Basically three kinds, gas, arc, and wire.

Wire is easy. It is arc welding, but it feeds a wire surrounded by gas appropriate for the metal, which makes a better joint. It's almost idiot proof after learning a little.

Gas has the advantage of using it to cut, but you must be more of an artist, in my view, to use it right.

Plain old arc is relatively easy, but is harder to learn than wire.

A good MIG wire welder isn't cheap, but is very easy to use. That's what I would recommend, unless you just want to screw around with iron; then I'd go arc.
thanks Do(u)g! nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 20, 2003 7:42 AM