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    Caught the Bug sinawalli's Avatar
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    If there's light coming off the end of the rod and it sounds like bacon frying, you're welding...


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    Eastwood, if there is one near, has some decently priced entry lvl and up mig welders. They also have beginner classes that run for 8 hrs on a Saturday don't know the exact schedule. I was thinking about taking one of their classes though. They also have stick and Tig welding classes.

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    Go slow, then slow down more-listen for bacon -steady hand and remember to breathe

    Practice practice practice practice practice practice then practice some more

    If it looks like this then you ain’t half bad. First ever pipe to plate pass and I’m still learning after 3 years. You can always improve in welding.

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    Learning to Weld-- Tips for Beginners on Welding and Gear

    Quote Originally Posted by Oreo_penguin536 View Post
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    Go slow, then slow down more-listen for bacon -steady hand and remember to breathe

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    LMAO this is so true. I can't count how many times I have seen new welders (myself included) hold there breath while running a bead. I never understood why, but it really does seam to be a natural thing to do.

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    Knows a Thing or Two Oreo_penguin536's Avatar
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    I remember when I started I did the same thing, one time I almost passed out


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    Too funny. I held my breath in the beginning. Oreo_penguin nailed it. Slow and steady. Took me a few years to be “ commercially acceptable “ according to my boss at the time. Almost 40 years ago.


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    Quote Originally Posted by QuicksilverJK View Post
    LMAO this is so true. I can't count how many times I have seen new welders (myself included) hold there breath while running a bead. I never understood why, but it really does seam to be a natural thing to do.

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    I hold my breath when I weld galvanized. I know you're not really supposed to weld it without a proper respirator but have done small beads in well ventilated areas all holding my breath..haha. I'm no welder by trade but I try.

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    Yep, welded pipe from chain link fences( galvanized) to make dune buggy framed. Don’t recommend using that pipe for that. Ahhh but I was young then. I too hold my breath for the galvanized stuff.


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    Yeah gotta love the galvanized "poisoning" I have had that head and stomach ache more than a few times. I have been told that drinking lots of milk will ease the effects, although I think just not breathing it to begin with is better


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    Quote Originally Posted by QuicksilverJK View Post
    Yeah gotta love the galvanized "poisoning" I have had that head and stomach ache more than a few times. I have been told that drinking lots of milk will ease the effects, although I think just not breathing it to begin with is better


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    Ya know I’ve never gotten sick from welding that stuff


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