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How many of you guys weld/know how to weld? My friend and I just

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How many of you guys weld/know how to weld? My friend and I just started welding in Auto Shop today. We have a small garage on the side that has a welder and a plasma cutter. We've only dealt into the welder, doing beads and welding scrap metal and an old brake rotor. Our shop teacher is showing us the basics, as well as a bro who takes welding classes. I have to say, it's really fun. I enjoy it a lot and can't wait to practice enough to be able to work on cars! Any of you have experience in welding?
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I've never welded before but I'm sure I could easily learn it seeing as every career welder is a stupid, useless moron with no knowledge or skills besides welding.
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Yep, necessary skill if you do chassis fab work or body work yourself. MIG and arc welding is easy to learn, TIG is a bit harder. Learning how to set up the machine is what you need to learn the most, speed/technique comes with practice.
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>>11345169
I went to school with a guy...he could weld, and he could dive...was an instructor. Today he travels the world, and deep sea/under water welds for 6 figures a year.
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>>11345195
>arc welding
almost all welding is arc welding, why can't you just call it stick
so many old people call it arc.
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>>11345169
>I've never welded before but I'm sure I could easily learn it
Ha
Hahahaha
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Ive tried a bunch. I enjoy brazing with the torch the most.
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>>11345195
MIG and TIG are easier than stick welding IMO. They ALL take practice.
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I took both welding classes and did an independent study in welding during high school. Then went on to graduate from a 9 month all-day welding program at a tech school, during which I placed first in state and seventeenth at nationals in the SkillsUSA welding competition.

That said, welding sucks but I guess I'm alright at it.
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>>11345312
FUCK WHY ARE WELDERS SO MODEST
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i like doing it but i'm not very good. i tend to blunder through complex projects instead of practicing lots
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>>11345323
Yeah, you do suck, throw that junk in the trash.
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>>11345298
>>11345195
What are the differences? Mine is a stick welder I think. We just have filler metal fed through the welder.
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I enjoy welding but I suck at making a good bead. I partially blame that on my welder but it's mostly me

That said, shit I weld together stays together for the most part, so there's that.
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Yeah. I'm actually really liking it, very fun and out of my comfort zone. Once I get more practice I'll want to try working on exhaust or custom manifolds or something cause we have a shit ton of piping in the weld garage.

Any tips or techniques you guys wanna share?
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>>11345393
Take your time. Don't overheat your workpiece(s). Start simple. Welding piping and manifolds are different animals, depending on the complexity of the manifold.
lmao, captcha was overcl education
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>>11345145
I'm decent with oxy/acetylene welding and brazing.
Worse at mig, but my mig machine is a pos.
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>>11345621
Oxy/acetylene is really obsolete imo. Brazing CAN still be useful, but TIG is a HELLUVA lot better in most cases.
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>>11345145

Welding is easy as fuck.

Being good at welding is not that hard eithert.

Being exceptionally good at welding is actually difficult.

But anyone with functioning arms and a functioning brain can pick up welding in no time.
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>>11345645
It's good for thinner steel.
And it's great for cutting, bolt removal, and forming too.
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I've gotten half decent with my little Hobart on flux core. I can make solid, strong, fairly decent looking welds with not to much of a mess to clean up.

Really want to step up to gas though, just been to lazy too.
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I've dabbled in different types of welding. Made a roof rack for my golf with MIG which turned out good. I'm not very fond of stick, but I can do it decently. I'm learning TIG right now, and I feel it's the hardest to do well, but it's necessary for most types of fabrication so I'm really trying to get it down. MIG is my favorite though
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>>11345709
>Thinner steel
TIG
>Cutting and bolt removal
Plasma.
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>tfw always burn holes with MIG

feels bad man
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>>11345795
buy me those machines and I'll use them
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>>11345348
What you described is MIG
Pic related is stick
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>>11345348
>What are the differences?

MIG (Metal Inert Gas) also known as GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding) uses a spool of wire fed through your welding gun, which is fed by pulling the trigger. You use a mixture of gases to shield your weld pool.

TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) also known as GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) uses a tungsten electrode and a separate filler metal, and the weld pool is protected by a gas, usually 100% argon, or a mixture of helium and argon. You adjust the amount of heat using a foot pedal.

Arc welding, Stick Welding, or SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) uses electrodes (sticks of filler metal) covered in a flux held in an electrode holder.

Oxy fuel/ Oxy Acetylene welding uses a mixture of oxygene and a fuel gas (map gas, acetylene, propane, etc) to heat up metal until a weld pool is formed.

There are more than just those, like flux core, which is basically mig but with a flux coated wire instead of a shielding gas, but those 4 are kind of the basics.
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