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DeniseNJ

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Has anyone taken up welding?
« on: February 05, 2019, 05:32:41 PM »
I was reading the mmm welding post and watching metaspencer, this neat youtube channel w this guy building stuff and have decided to take up welding. I'm ordering the stuff ummm recommended but anyone know some great sites to learn to weld?  Has anyone else taken this up? How do u like it?

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Re: Has anyone taken up welding?
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2019, 07:13:53 PM »
What kind of welding are you interested in? Stick, Mig, Tig, brazing? I have done all of them over the years but the one I like the best is Mig welding. It is a great thing to know but does take a good bit of knowledge and practice to become really proficient. I would classify myself on the low end of being proficient because I have worked around others who were a great deal better than I could ever be. To become really good, I would recommend taking a welding course at a local community college or trade school.

DeniseNJ

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Re: Has anyone taken up welding?
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2019, 09:12:39 PM »
Mig  I just found a site called instructables   That seem to have lots of "classes" online where they explain stuff and give little tasks and projects to do. And the manual for the welder has lots of info--it's online are harbor freight tools. I'm learning safety stuff and basic welds then I guess it's just practice from there. Looks like so much fun.

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Re: Has anyone taken up welding?
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2019, 03:34:57 PM »
Yep, I've got a stick welder, torch, grinders, band saw, and all of the other misc. tools and equipment in my shop to do basic fabrication.

DeniseNJ

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Re: Has anyone taken up welding?
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2019, 10:14:31 PM »
I'm buying a mig/flux core welder but my son wants a mapp torch.  I think he just likes the old fashioned look of holding this fire wand. Can you really make anything useful or interesting out of aluminum or copper with a mapp torch?  I want to build furniture with steel--I think he just wants to make creme brulee. He's 19.

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Re: Has anyone taken up welding?
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2019, 11:17:02 PM »
I learned MIG and TIG at our local junior college welding program.  Classes were inexpensive and there's nothing like having lots of raw materials and equipment to practice with that you don't have to pay for.

A mapp torch can braze but you really need oxy acetylene to weld anything structural.  A torch can be extremely versatile but it's quite a bit harder to learn than MIG or even TIG.

DeniseNJ

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Re: Has anyone taken up welding?
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2019, 01:32:23 PM »
Do I need a breathing mask for welding?   I didn't see it on the list of saftey equipment on the website I was reading.  Doeas it matter if you are using flux core or solid MIG?

Also, do you need an eye shield when using a map gas torch?  It doesn't seem that bright but I havent tried it yet?

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Re: Has anyone taken up welding?
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2019, 02:38:29 PM »
Do I need a breathing mask for welding?   I didn't see it on the list of saftey equipment on the website I was reading.  Doeas it matter if you are using flux core or solid MIG?

Also, do you need an eye shield when using a map gas torch?  It doesn't seem that bright but I havent tried it yet?

As long as you are working outdoors or in a well ventilated space, you generally do not need a breathing protection for general welding.   Guys that weld full time hours and hours per day such as pipe fitters commonly will have air supplies to their hoods.  Just use some common sense and don't suck in the fumes / smoke unnecessarily, it won't be good for you.

You should always wear properly tinted cutting goggles that seal off tight to your face and / or a combination of safety glasses and a full face shield,one or the other properly tinted.
Torches will "splatter" occasionally and the last thing you want is a bit of hot metal in the eye.   Always a good idea to wear safety glasses under a welding hood for same reason, additional protection.   Although not as damaging as a welding arc, looking at a cutting flame for extended periods will cause eye damage.

When you ask questions as simple as this, I would strongly suggest that you take a beginners welding course at your local community college which will cover the safety basics.   Safety first !
 

DeniseNJ

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Re: Has anyone taken up welding?
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2019, 04:59:36 PM »
Thanks. Yes, I'm not even plugging anything in until I know what safety stuff I need to have in place. I was going to wear a dust mask for the mig just to be more comfortable since I hadn't read anything about something bigger. I don't know much about the mapp torch, my kid just came up with that so I have to find out more about it before I let him near it. Thanks for the info.

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Re: Has anyone taken up welding?
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2019, 04:51:46 PM »
Welding is awesome! I think it is a great skill to learn, fun, and once you know how to do it you can find all sorts of useful things to make. Iíve only done a little bit of welding, but Iíd second the recommendation to find a local community college class or something similar. Learning from an instructor and getting direct feedback helps a lot. Also, practice is really important. Whichever way you learn, get plenty of material to practice on, and do as many practice welds as you can.

Iím not an expert by any means, but Iíve seen some you tubers doing pretty horrible welds. So, if you watch videos for tips, try to find people who have experience, not someone who is just starting to learn themselves.

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Re: Has anyone taken up welding?
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2019, 11:47:22 AM »
When you ask questions as simple as this, I would strongly suggest that you take a beginners welding course at your local community college which will cover the safety basics.   Safety first !

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Also be aware of what you wear when welding, especially flammable things like paper dust masks. I've seen more than one person suffer burns from articles of clothing that caught fire.