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    Knows a Thing or Two FrankenJeeper's Avatar
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    Learning to Weld

    I've always favored stick welding myself.

    When my buddies and I go wheeling we carry a couple spare batteries, jumper cables, hood, gloves and a handful of 309 stainless rods.

    Poor man's welder for sure!

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    Learning to Weld

    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    LOL!! You were totally safe. If I thought you wouldn't be, I would have welded you up with the welder I had with me

    I'm not expert at welding and but can get the job done well enough. If you can't take a class, I would get a basic mig welder and start practicing. Most welders will come with enough info on what it should be set at for the thickness of the steel you plan to work on and then the rest is just a matter of doing it enough that you become comfortable at it. Practice makes better and do it long enough will make you good at it. Of course, there are some people who are just naturals at it like Cindy
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    Re: Learning to Weld

    Gas is a must imo. You wont get the penetration, or the clean beads without it. Harbor freight specials spatter like nothing I've ever seen, and spatter going into your weld just leaves an air pocket. Then its just a matter of when. Not if. It breaks. Theres a lot to it. But anyone can learn tack welds or small tack beads easily enough. If you have the cash and the option, always get the gas with a wire feed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road Evolution View Post
    Cindy had a good teacher ..,
    Yes I did!! Thanks Mel!

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    I wish I had learned to weld growing up. My pops is a welding instructor at Cerritos college and has welded his entire adult life. I do know one of the biggest things is getting familiar with your temps and materials. You need to know what you can weld on, i.e. steel vs aluminum and such. But practice practice practice. Learn basic stuff like flat beads and once you have that down you can move on to more technical stuff like fills and verticals and the like. Good Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaptkrappy View Post
    I watch the videos from these sites.

    Lincoln Electric has a YouTube channel

    I know this is an old thread, but I have not welded in a few years. Just welded with gas and stick. I may be showing my age. I need to get a mig and just finished watching some of these videos from Welding-TV. Thanks for sharing that. To summarize...looks like mig with gas is way to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catahoula View Post
    I know this is an old thread, but I have not welded in a few years. Just welded with gas and stick. I may be showing my age. I need to get a mig and just finished watching some of these videos from Welding-TV. Thanks for sharing that. To summarize...looks like mig with gas is way to go.
    Let me know when you're ready, we'll burn some wire. I have a brandnew mig and a bunch of small projects to do.

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    A real nice little portable welder is the miller passport. You can use a small little co2 tank for gas and the 110/220 power option makes it real nice. Still kicking myself for passing one up on CL about a year ago.

    With a bernard gun you can also mig Al. Which is a pretty cool option.
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    I would like to learn to weld...

    Have a few questions for the welders among us. How did you learn to weld, what type of welding do you use on your Jeep and why? I would like to learn and I would like some help in figuring out how to go about learning. Thanks in advance for the replies.
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