There's a great course right near your house. It's called Welding Skills Workshops. The classes are small or even one- on- one instructions. I've taken two courses(one mig and one tig) and can weld pretty okay. It's not the instruction that's lacking but my own personal ability. You learn a ton of stuff and get to weld a lot. My welds look way better than most and they are of good quality(x-ray quality/good penetration) most of the time. They even have both Lincoln and Miller machines so you can see which one you like better. If you want the phone number I'll get it for you. I only have the instructor's personal cell number and I don't think it's right to give that out without his permission. I will say this though, whenever I have a question I call him and he takes the time to teach me both theory and practical stuff. Highly recommend the class. I also bought a dvd on ebay. It was okay but the workshops I've done have been awesome.
yup, im taking SMAW(stick) and GMAW(MIG) at the local Comm. College and ive learned a whole lot in just the week since we started. actually got out in the lab today and welded for a few hours and my welds are much improved from what they were before just from today. the instructors are very knowledgable and helpful.
ive read two books on basic welding(the Hayes manual one) and one from the "Motorbooks Workshop" called the Performane Welding Handbook and they helped with the basic stuff, but nothings like actually turning on a machine and going at it.
I agree with the people who say enroll in a class. If not spend a few hours with a friend that is good at tig. Videos will get you going, but in a hour someone who knows what they are doing can tell you what you are doing wrong, and you can learn to push a good puddle in a couple hours after that.
A recent thread in this forum has alot of real good "starter tips" in it.:smokin:
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