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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies (Oct. 4 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470455969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470455968
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

Learn to:

  • Work with various welding techniques

  • Follow safety procedures

  • Make each joint look professional

  • Complete simple do-it-yourself projects

About the Author

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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dwayne Johnston on Aug. 11 2013
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Bought this for my boss who didn't know a thing about welding. Saves him from asking stupid questions and me getting frustrated trying to explain.
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thank you. using this for basic welding but it has lots of tips and tricks, and it is explained in very simple terms
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By Martin Thibaudeau on Feb. 24 2014
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It covers all the basics for all types of welding, it game me the security to start my welder .
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Only an introduction for a beginner Feb. 22 2011
By J. Brown - Published on
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If you've never picked up a torch or gun, this book is worth checking out. It is a reasonable introduction to major welding processes. But there are very few pages that describe in significant detail any particular welding process. Few figures/images in this black-and-white publication limit its usefulness. The type is a large font, margins are wide. In spite of a significant page count, the content is quite limited.

After you have laid your first bead of molten metal, you will rarely--if ever--crack this book open again.

Check out "How to Weld" by Todd Bridigum for a far more in-depth resource that you will use again and again.How To Weld (Motorbooks Workshop)
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Does NOT talk about fluxcore welding! June 6 2013
By Z - Published on
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"Explains each type of welding, including stick, tig, mig, and flux core welding". Yes, the book tells you what flux core welding is, devoting a total of 3 sentences to the technique. The author claims MIG is much more common, and thus ignores flux core altogether. I was under the misconception that this book covered ALL the basics. Perhaps MIG is more common in professional environments, but a basic wire feed welder is much cheaper than a full MIG setup AND more versatile in its portability and outdoor capabilities, so I suspect more beginners will actually find themselves with the basic wire feed welder first. I was really hoping to get a better understanding of the differences when using a fluxcore wire instead of a shielding gas, but that's not going to happen here.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
OK but not Deep Penetration Dec 12 2012
By Chris Harrhy - Published on
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Not a bad reference, but it seems to me that the majority of potential rookie welders are likely to start off with stick welding and there is not a lot of information on stick welding techniques. Plenty on MIG and more than plenty on TIG but stick runs a very distant third. If it's stick (AUS: Arc) welding technique your looking for, best look elsewhere. Entertaining read though.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Just what I was looking for June 22 2013
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I knew that there had been many advancements in welding technology and I wanted to get an understanding of the currently available welding technologies, including Stick, Tig, Mig, and plasma arc cutting. I saw so many choices on the market and I had no idea what to buy to set up a very simple basic welding capability for occasional light weight welds. The book does a great job of explaining each of the available welding technologies, explaining how to weld different kinds of metals, safety, tips on each kind of welding, and even what basic tools you need to buy to set up a basic welding capability.

I have read several "for DUMMIES" books. They are all a great and very informative read and this book lives up to the tradition.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
duh it's for beginners Aug. 28 2012
By bearcatranch - Published on
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I got this books with the understanding it was for beginners. I'm brand spanking new to welding but I really want to learn. People have tried to show me how to weld a few times and I just didn't understand. With this book I now understand the basic welding vocabulary and how welding works. So when my husband says, well, anything about welding I know what he is saying. I didn't buy this book expecting to be a professional welder afterwards. But it's a good starting point so anything else I hear and read can start to make sense. Welding is, after all something you have to DO, not just read about and it helps if you know the language.