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Inherited an arc welder... now what?!

 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:24 pm    Post subject:  Inherited an arc welder... now what?! Reply with quote

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!

P.S. also got a sweet 33gal/2-6hp air compressor!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:37 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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. Wink

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 7:57 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Cool... thanks for pointing me to the Haynes book. Reading an Amazon review on it I learned that welder manufacturers sell learning kits, so that's pretty cool!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 4:28 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:44 am    Post subject:  welder Reply with quote

if u want to weld, sell it n buy a mig, soooo much easier. Cool

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 1:20 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Every type of welder has its place. I would personally keep it. I first learned welding with stick welding. Once yoh can stick weld, you can tig/mig no problem.

Honestly I would take a class at a local comm. College. You will be pretty good for a DIY welder by the time you are finished with the class

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 1:30 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I'd say take a class or read up a lot on it and by some test supplies. Gas/ acetylene welding was easy to pick up... this kind not so much.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 4:45 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

youtube and practice lol

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 7:50 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

EMMJAY wrote:
youtube and practice lol


Echo that! YouTube is my best friend for that kind of stuff

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