Learn Basic Welding

  • October 10, 2012 · 7:30 PM
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Nothing can replace 40+ years of experience on any topic in any industry. If you want to learn welding, and learn it right, take it from an expert. Jim will attempt to pass on his immense experience of MIG welding to introduce beginners.

Jim will touch on TIG but focus mostly on MIG and the equipment you can grab as a novice.

The event is at Jim's garage in Oakton because we don't weld (yet) at Nova Labs. Just two students at a time because space is limited. We plan to put on more regular sessions after October so turn on email notifications and watch our Meetup group!

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  • Dan B.

    Um...Both? It can use gas or flux wire, though I don't have a tank for it at this time. One of the things I'd hoped to take away from this training was how to set my equipment up properly.

    October 5, 2012

    • James S.

      Thats fine, we will be talking about setting the pressure regulators on the gas bottle among other things and I will give folks a chance to try their hand on both thick metal and sheet metal, sheet metal is more difficult and less forgiving, but I will also show some tools and aids to help with that. That skill is useful on doing body panel replacement on cars among other things

      October 7, 2012

  • Dan B.

    Great! Do you want me to bring my MIG welder?

    October 3, 2012

    • James S.

      Is yours a shielding gas MIG or a Flux coated wire MIG? In the hour and a half we have for this, we will be busy with just my welder and basic knowledge.

      October 5, 2012

    • James S.

      Oops, hit the wrong key, what we can do in that time is show some basic techniques and show you that it is not as hard as people think, but really you need your own welder and just keep practicing to be good at it. I will show how to adjust the voltage and wire feed rates and what affect they have on the weld, etc, so you will at least have a starting point.

      October 5, 2012

  • James S.

    Pete, Cromoly can be welded with a MIG welder, you just have to be more careful about heat distribution and possibly normalize the junction for stress relief later. TIG is better for it however. I have a TIG welder also, but am working on my own skills with it first.
    MIG welding I have done for years and am set up for that.

    October 5, 2012

  • Pete D.

    I'd love to learn how to TIG weld chromoly, 6061 & 7000 series aluminum someday

    October 4, 2012

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