Author Topic: Turn 70 this fall, would like to learn to MIG weld before then, any suggestions?  (Read 849 times)

Offline rustynbent

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 angryguyx Any help appreciated on this Idea. Just like to be able to tack a few things together around the farm.

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Got a friend with a welder you can spend some helmet time with?


Browse around and post up some questions here once you formulate some ideas.

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I posted a few tips a few years ago -- you might find them useful. Good luck!

http://www.thegaragegazette.com/index.php?topic=8446.msg112853#msg112853

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The mig process isn't hard, finding the proper heat range for penetration then the proper wire speed is the key. There are tutorials on most machine mfr's websites.

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 beerdude  Thanks for the help guys.

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Check out weldingtipsandtricks.com
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I have been saying for close to ten years I wanted to take a course at the adult ed center.   Still haven't done it.  But I did acquire a 120v welder a few years ago.  I have a ball getting some scrap metal out and running some beads.  Occasionally I set out for things to stay stuck and they do so!!! Grab a welder, a helmet and some steel and go for it.   You tube is a great place to watch  set up videos, etc. Once you get over trying to work with thick gloves and a helmet, it's easier to focus on techniques and listening for a good  sound like frying bacon instead of pops.   Be safe and have fun.

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I did a 6? week course at the local tech college couple of hrs a week , even though I could weld ok it was nice to get a bit of theory and more practice with different machines
There is a very fine line between a hobby and a mental illness.

Does the need justify the want ? Or does the want suffice?

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I still have visions of taking that class.   I would love to learn proper mig technique, oxy/ac setup and usage as well as gain exposure to tig. Some day...

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Today is that day.

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I did a 6? week course at the local tech college couple of hrs a week , even though I could weld ok it was nice to get a bit of theory and more practice with different machines

How much did that cost?
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It was a while ago and by 6 weeks I mean a couple of hrs one evening pr week . I seen to recall it being sub $200.
It was well worth it though.
There is a very fine line between a hobby and a mental illness.

Does the need justify the want ? Or does the want suffice?

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