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?
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.
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.
i like doing it but i'm not very good. i tend to blunder through complex projects instead of practicing lots
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?
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
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.
It's good for thinner steel.
And it's great for cutting, bolt removal, and forming too.
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.
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
>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.