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Get the know-how to weld like a pro
Welding is a highly sought after skill in today's job market and a handy talent for industrious repairpersons and hobbyists. This friendly, step-by-step guide helps you master this commonly used yet complex task, taking you from material evaluation all the way through the welding process. You'll apply finishing techniques, adhere to safety practices, and learn other methods like brazing and soldering.
Understand common welding techniques — become familiar with stick, tig, and mig welding
Pick your metal — choose from options such as steel, stainless steel, and aluminum, and learn the best methods for working with them
Keep yourself safe — find the right protective gear, manage your workspace, and take care of your equipment
Prepare your shop — obtain the tools you need, find the ideal location, and plot your setup
Create cool projects — get started with a basic torch cart and then take it up a notch with a portable welding table and a campfire grill
Make fixes and repairs — decide the right time to mend and then design a repair strategy and follow your plan
Open the book and find:
Tips for choosing the best welding technique for your project
The lowdown on commonly welded metals
Ways to keep safe in your welding shop
Instructions for a variety of welding techniques
Projects for putting your skills to use
Reasons to become certified
The best tools for your particular welding job
Work with various welding techniques
Follow safety procedures
Make each joint look professional
Complete simple do-it-yourself projects
Steven Robert Farnsworth is a welding teacher with more than 20 years of experience in teaching all methods of welding. He served in the U.S. Navy, working to keep the fleet afloat with his welding repairs.