Signed up for TIG class

Since I have this current "Welding 101" class under my belt, well
almost, I am eligible for more advanced classes. I chose to take a TIG
class for the next semester. (our local community college)
I hope that it will be a nice class, as it will have only five
students and one instructor. The classes are to be held on saturdays
from 8am until 12:30, so I have great hopes to learn something.
As far as the current class goes, I learned a few things, but more
importantly I got a lot of uninterrupted time to practice welding.
I mostly chose to practice stick and burned, probably, 15 or so lbs of
rod, which in itself helped a lot. The suggestions of instructor were
invaluable also, but he is spread among about 15 students.
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Ignoramus3975
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Have you ever tried gas welding? What's exciting about it is this. Not only does the skill cross over to TIG but you can take bottles and torch on the road with you. When my wife and I took the basic welding course we had to gas weld a metal cube. I happened to get the right size tip and it was just easy! For the first time I could see what I was doing! The result was quite satisfying. I don't yet have any significant experience TIG welding. But the two techniques are nearly identical. V
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Vernon
I have tried gas welding, yes, but just barely. I like TIG better, but you have a good point about portability.
Reply to
Ignoramus3975
I felt very strongly about this election.
Reply to
Ignoramus3975
It's amazing what practice can do!
I figure it takes 10# of 1/8" rod to get moderately good in the basic down hand flat, edge, and corner cofigs. More rod for each of the other positions.
Ignoramus3975 wrote:
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RoyJ
And I thought you had given up welding and metalwork to become an Internet political blogger. Oh, dopey me.
Steve
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SteveB
I think so too, it is mostly a question of pounds burned.
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Ignoramus3975
So did I, but sadly my opinion is we're all f'd with either of them.
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Pete C.
Iggy,
Have you ever tried gas welding? What's exciting about it is this. Not only does the skill cross over to TIG but you can take bottles and torch on the road with you. When my wife and I took the basic welding course we had to gas weld a metal cube. I happened to get the right size tip and it was just easy! For the first time I could see what I was doing! The result was quite satisfying. I don't yet have any significant experience TIG welding. But the two techniques are nearly identical. V
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Well similar in that filler rod is in one hand and heat in the other. With tig you don't have to pay attention to which way you are pre heating as you go. It is also pretty hard to duplicate the foot pedal with gas welding, etc. I do like oxy acetylene a lot it is more relaxing but fortunately there are arc processes.
As for the welding and college level courses you are supposed to take introductory metallurgy before you take welding aren't you? Hanging around with people who have become certified and worked in the field is a benefit.
Fran
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fran...123
Definitely, and it's cheaper to practice with OA. And you're right about the teacher being spread too thin. But the teachers I've had concentrated on the ones who really wanted to learn and be there. AND who would listen.
Steve
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SteveB
Buy ammo and assault rifles while they're still available . Chances are quite good that you'll need them .
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Terry Coombs
Trouble is, you can't own enough ARs or ammo. When society collapses, the hordes will flock to the food producing regions like hordes of locusts. And if there is anything left over, it won't be worth a lot. Subsistence living, hunter gather existences. Until politics is invented again, and then another big eared purple lipped Messiah will come along to take us to Utopia.
STeve
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SteveB
It wouldn't take much to bottle up NYC. Lots of choke points.
We are having a Walter Mitty moment I assume?
Wes -- "Additionally as a security officer, I carry a gun to protect government officials but my life isn't worth protecting at home in their eyes." Dick Anthony Heller
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Wes

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