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Welding for a beginner advice

Post by hounddog » Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:31 pm

I'm thinking of getting a welding kit and trying to teach myself. MIG probably . Never done it before and curious . Really just for odd jobs on bikes and cars and DIY generally,. .
I have seen welding kits online for ÂŁ100 or less and tempted to give it a go . Don't want to spend a fortune .
Are these sort of kits any good and can this skill be self taught with practice and patience ? . Any advice appreciated . Thanks
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Re: Welding for a beginner advice

Post by Wirralman » Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:38 am

Whilst there may be amateurs only too willing to offer suggestions, I'd speak to a professional. Arceye is your man
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Re: Welding for a beginner advice

Post by mt bandit » Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:27 am

I would agree with the above comment Ian.
But mig welding isn't overly difficult for the odd job .say putting a new foot on a side stand etc . And probably worth having one in the armoury.
But anything more than that I'd definitely sweet talk our resident super welder
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Re: Welding for a beginner advice

Post by Roy W » Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:06 am

Ian, consider doing a course at college. Having tried and failed miserably to teach myself, that is the route I'd follow.

You may even then progress to Tig

PS - I have a basic Mig Welder and kit, nothing fancy, in the garage. If you want it, it's yours
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Re: Welding for a beginner advice

Post by Bonnielad » Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:56 am

Number one rule: Cleanliness is next to godliness. Welding dirty metal or rust is the most frustrating thing in the world when you are first learning.
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Re: Welding for a beginner advice

Post by hounddog » Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:02 am

thanks for the advice , all appreciated , Roy I am sending you a pm thank you
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Re: Welding for a beginner advice

Post by Priest » Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:47 pm

if you do buy one, get yourself loads of different gauges of scrap to practice on before you commit to splattering a cherished piece of metal and completely cocking it up. At least practicing by yourself avoids getting dead armed by a skilled man as I did as an apprenticed metal worker and fabricator :roll: :roll:
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Re: Welding for a beginner advice

Post by arceye » Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:34 pm

ÂŁ100 sounds a bit cheap and nasty Ian. MIG is the easiest once the settings are right but you will need some gas. Preferably a bigger bottle than those small canisters that only last 10 minutes. The Flux cored gasless ones leave a messy looking weld but if your not bothered its ok for odd jobs. If you get a machine I am happy to pop down and show you the ropes mate. :D
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Re: Welding for a beginner advice

Post by FordPrefect » Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:43 pm

I would agree with the advice to take a short course in welding if you can. Then once you're set up with a welder let out your inner skip rat and scrounge up as lots of scrap bits of mild steel, clean them up with an angle grinder and set about practicing. You don't need to be coded to weld bits up for use at home or on the bike as you can usually manipulate whatever your welding so it's always flat. I'm not a professional welder but, I did do an NVQ level 2 in fabrication and welding some years back and I'm called on to weld stuff up at work fairly often. Once you get a feel for it, it's not that hard at least not the kind of things you'll want to be doing. If you get a chance to do TIG welding, jump at it. I've done MIG, TIG and stick (MMA) and I've always far prefered the stick and TIG, the latter is bloody handy for thin metal like exhausts.
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Re: Welding for a beginner advice

Post by Minter » Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:46 am

Mr Shiney is quiet! Is he still alive! ;)
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