Re: Learning to weld...
Got this from a web page....
A good welder is one who PRACTICES, PRACTICES, PRACTICES. It is not hard to learn but you need to PRACTICE. Do not practice on your 914!
NEVER WELD NEAR ANYTHING THAT COULD EXPLODE, LIKE FUEL.
(This concerns Heli Arc Welding. Oxy-Aceteylene Welding is different.)
Welding is like anything else - Understand the principals and practice. The 1st thing to be concerned about when welding is the generated HEAT - you CAN BURN yourself, your house, your wife and your kids if you're not careful. If you have access to a welding machine, do some practice on scrap material similar to the actual material you'll be welding. [An article on 914 restoration in European Care magazine actually referred to using an old softdrink vending machine for practice! - taj]
Spend at least a couple of hours perfecting your confidence in your ability to make a good weld. By doing this you will see how you must not dwell too long in any spot. If you concentrate too much heat in one spot, the metal will become cherry red and burn a hole through the material and make it difficult to repair. Wire brush PAINT off of what you intend to weld. A weld MUST be clean.
After you have connected the welder's ground to the material (make sure that this is a good ground!), turn on your welding machine. Look at the amp setting on the welder. Turn it down to about 60 amp for sheet metal or to 100 amp for thicker metal. Don't forget that helmet that will protect your eyes. Also do welding in a venilated area. You will have to regulate the amperage to whatever is best as your practice will verify.
Now with the rod in the holder, drag the tip of that rod across the material you are going to practice on, which will start the arc. Use your other hand to pull your helmet down over your face at the exact moment of arc. Even closing you eyes as you do this arc and helmet coordination, for a moment, is a good safety practice. Welding light can damage your eyes.
You should see that you keep the end of the rod about an 1/8" above the material once you get the arc started. Now holding the angle of the holder with the rod about 30 degrees from the material, but toward you, about an 1/8" above the material, start a pattern of small circular movements with your hand holding the holder with the rod. You must push the circular motion away from you slowly and then pull slowly toward you. What I am trying to say in one word is to really make OVAL movements and as the rod burns and flows into the molten material, to keep moving the rod in this fashion, always trying to maintain the 1/8" gap between the material and the rod as you keep the arc burning. Your movement will be Oval and toward you along the gap of the pieces you are welding.
Oh, I forgot, wear a long sleeved shirt to protect your arms and make certain the material you are welding is always reasonably clean.
That REALLY IS all there is to it. Everything someone else can do, anyone else can do, if they want to do it. Skills are learned by PRACTICE, not BOOKS. Books are only guidelines.
I recommend a Lincoln welder for home shops because of 40 years of personal satisfaction of use in industrial applications.
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