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Re: Welding

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Subject: Re: Welding
From: "Elton Clark" <>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2000 17:52:32 -0600
Jim wrote:

> I am going to have a go at learning how to
> weld.  I plan on doing most of this learning on a trial and error basis.

> Now for the question.  What type of welding should I start with - mig,
> arc, ???.

My 2 cents worth:

I owned welding equipment for 30 years  . . . all I ever achieved on my own
was "error"!
I gave up and went to school and worked a deal with the instructor:  No
grade, no certificate, no job placement . . . I just wanted skilled,
disciplined instruction and I attended when I could over 9 months.  I used
more materials than the tuition cost, I bought projects from home, etc.  I
learned 20 times what I'd ever known before by "error".

First equipment?  A good oxy-acetylene rig . . it's basic to all welding and
you'll always need it for cutting and heating.  After you get good you add a
GOOD MIG (not a 110 volt short-circuit unit from Sears) or better,  a TIG
setup which will weld ANYTHING!     You may be amazed at what you can do
with gas;  I use my arc and MIG equipment for speed but guess what?   I use
the slow gas rig when something has to be PERFECT!

Your experience may vary . . .but this is what I'd recommend to my best


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