[TriLUG] way WAY WAY OT: need some welding lessons
chad.thomsen at gmail.com
Mon Nov 14 08:33:46 EST 2005
Totally agree with MIG welding. It is the way to go. I used to do it a bit,
and did not think it was that hard. The key to it is geeting your
heat/speed/feeds set correctly for the condition and the types of welding
you are doing and to have a very steady hand. Stick with MIG to start for
steel. I woudl advise you not to go down the aluminum road until you build
up alot of skills. It requires TIG welding and takes a much more steady hand
and much more skill. MIG is MUCH more forgiving then TIG. My advice would be
to look at taking a class at a community college or if you know somebody who
is skilled in it have them teach you.
On 11/13/05, karl thiele <kdthiele at nc.rr.com> wrote:
> Greg Brown wrote:
> >Fee Ubuntu CDs to the transfer of knowledge in need. There, it's Linux
> >Does anyone on this list know how to arc or mig weld? I am in
> >constant need to fab antenna and camera mounts for the strangest
> >places and angles and my wood and cobbled metal mounts are horribly
> >unprofessional looking hence I'd like to fab my own. But that
> >requires some welding, a skill I have not yet acquired.
> >I suppose I'd rather MIG weld (from what I've seen of it, I like that
> >sizzle sound) but I don't know if these set-ups are very portable.
> >Any takers on teaching me to weld small bits of metal to make mounts?
> Well, from what you describe you should look into oxygen acetylene
> soldering, brazing and welding. BTW welding takes a lot of practice. If
> your go out to Wake Tech talk to Mr Perry. Wire welding is rather
> popular, because it seems easy. You should stick to MIG. It is also
> very easy to make a mess with. Welding is a skill and a bad weld can
> be very dangerous. Bad welds give a false sense of security. The things
> you are decribing also fit into thin metals, which oxy-acetylene is
> better for. oxy-acetylene is very portable and you can be setup for
> $250-$400. Do not buy too inexpensive a set. Good tools provide much
> better chance of having good results.
> If you have questions feel free to contact me easygoing at nc.rr.com. May
> take a day or two for me to reply.
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