Welding Wednesdays with a wacky warbling webcam.
This is a 3-part series where each class builds on the previous one to take any DIY person who can work with a hot-glue gun and prepare them for using metals instead of woods and plastics. No prior experience is preferred.
This is a pure entry-level understanding of wire-feed-based mild steel welding which is the cheapest, easiest, and most common style for DIY-ers. There will be a camera on the work area so students can stay safely in their seats and still view the process on a separate monitor.
A second web-cam is an option for folks at home to view in hopes they will want to take the class in person during its next round. This class comes in three parts.
Part one introduces any person over the age of (TBD) to mild steel MIG welding. The only prerequisite is hot-glue gun proficiency.
The first class is 1/2 speech style where I explain the theory, basics, and functions of how all three major styles of welding (Arc/MIG/TIG) work and explain several variations of each. The other 1/2 is where I show all the ways you can go wrong, and how to make them right.
This one leads into a part 2 for an immediate hands-on opportunity. Students leave part 1 with their fears and apprehensions of welding taken away, and they should feel strong enough in their comprehension to go spend $100 at Harbor Freight on a 90amp wire-feed flux-core welder. They will not create the prettiest of welds, but after part 1 they will be ready to try.
Part 2 is when we clean up their technique.