Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:24 pm Post subject: Inherited an arc welder... now what?!
So, my father in law passed away earlier this year and since my wife is his only direct relative, we get all his stuff including an arc welder which I am assuming is really nice, since he was a welder all his life. So once I figure out how to power this thing (220 amp!), do any of you welders out there have any advice on how to learn how to weld? I don't know if it's something I can teach myself or if it'd really be worth spending a few bucks at the local community college. Unfortunately I don't know anyone who could teach me. Thanks for any advice... this'll be fun to be able to use!
Watch YouTube videos, pick up a Haynes welding book (if you want), along with some welding sticks, apron, gloves, and welding helmet from Harbor Freight if you need stuff. See if you can find some scrap metal from any place that does welding or manufacturing (or a recycling center) to practice on.
I have one as well in the garage that I haven't been able to use yet because I don't have an extension cord for it and the outlet is in an inconvenient place.
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been welding since high school. and i must say learning on a stick welder is hard. but if you can do that mig will be no problem. my buddy who owns a welding shop always says you can teach a monkey to mig but you cant teach him to stick. you have to keep an eye on your bead/pattern, your path and how far away your stick is. with mig you just pull the trigger and watch your bead/pattern and follow your path.
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