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#809179 Thu Dec 22 2011 01:23 AM
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 335
Hi everybody. I need to learn to weld and have been looking for a votech or community college class in welding, but can't find one. Does anyone know of a welding class for adults that is in the greater Fredericksburg area? If so, please let me know. Otherwise, I'll have to just teach myself and practice on some scrap before heading to the truck.


Gray_Ghost #809491 Fri Dec 23 2011 12:44 AM
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You and me both. I have been meaning to get enough free time to get a good lesson or six. Also looked into Votech, but no luck and the local community college offers a professional welding course. Too much welding and too much money. I am no help.


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Hambone #809640 Fri Dec 23 2011 01:51 PM
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I have had a few brief discussions with Grigg on doing something. Have not ever put a lot of thought into it. Although with him hosting the other event in July it may be a lot to tackle.

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SWEET #810632 Tue Dec 27 2011 01:28 PM
Joined: Nov 2010
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Don't buy a cheap welder. My son, recently, 1-2 years ago, graduated from Tulsa welding school and the instrctor told them never to buy anything less than a 180Amp mig. Anything less and they would be dissapointed. I proved that correct and went through 3-4 cheap welders b-4 I learned. Sheet metal like on these trucks require at least a 130Amp mig to weld. After using 3 cheap welders I borrowed one from a friend and it worked. (130Amps) Then I bite the bullet and buy a Lincoln 180Amp mig. Best thing I ever did. It works great especially for a beginner because u are starting with the right equipment. Just get a good welder and practice. It's alot like painting. You just "read" what it's doing and adjust accordingly. Any welder will tell u PRACTICE-PRACTICE-PRACTICE!!!

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Panhead59 #810688 Tue Dec 27 2011 06:14 PM
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I was schooled in the adult ed dept of the Mont. co school system it was a gas class, then a stick class, I asked the instructors for a TIG class and they said to sign up for the next gas class and they would work with me on the TIG machine, It was great stuff almost one to one ratio!,, I later bought a Miller Synrowave 250, and a Millermatic 150 mig,, very happy with both machines along with Youtube and this guy you can learn a great deal

sheet metal is all that different due to heat and distortion, some time and paitence and some hammer and dolly work too

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BoToepfer #810906 Wed Dec 28 2011 05:51 AM
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That's a great welding site, thanks for sharing!

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Mike B #810924 Wed Dec 28 2011 07:06 AM
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When welding thin sheet metal there is a product called Heat Fence it works really great too. You can get this product at any quality welding shop that handles all types of welding supplies. You put it along where you are going to weld and it draws off the heat from the weld. If you are Tig or Mig Welding the secret is to spot weld together and move around to different spots so the heat dissipates.
when you get it tacked all together make small welds 3/4" to 1" long them move to another spot and do the same thing.

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