Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Belleville, Illinois
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Re: Welding.. Where to learn differences in metals
First you should develop a relationship with a real welding shop; don't be buying supplies over the counter at Sears. The guys in the shop can provide you with some books and pamphlets describing how to identify various metals by observing the sparks they give off when grinding. A lot of that material is available free from the welding equipment manufactures. Then they can give you pointers and advice about what you're trying to do. If you go in with a friendly, humble attitude, and tell them you're a newbie trying to figure it all out, most guys will be eager to show you what they know.
Over the years I've gotten on a friendly, first name basis with guys at a welding shop, a plastics supplier, an industrial equipment supplier, a couple of hydraulic and pneumatic shops, a terrific family-owned parts house, a old-timer machinist and welder, a couple of lawyers . . . If I don't know how to do something, I usually know somebody who does, but I don't take advantage of their knowledge and then buy stuff from somebody else; I get their help, and they get my business.