Welding For Dummies

Welding For Dummies

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Get the know-how to weld like a pro Being a skilled welder is a hot commodity in today's job market, as well as a handy talent for industrious do-it-yourself repairpersons and hobbyists. Welding For Dummies gives you all the information you need to perform this commonly used, yet complex, task. This friendly, practical guide takes you from evaluating the material to be welded all the way through the step-by-step welding process, and everything in between. Plus, you'll get easy-to-follow guidance on how to apply finishing techniques and advice on how to adhere to safety procedures. * Explains each type of welding, including stick, tig, mig, and fluxcore welding, as well as oxyfuel cutting, which receives sparse coverage in other books on welding * Tips on the best welding technique to choose for a specific project * Required training and certification information Whether you have no prior experience in welding or are looking for a thorough reference to supplement traditional welding instruction, the easy-to-understand information in Welding For Dummies is the ultimate resource for mastering this intricate skill.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 186 x 238 x 21mm | 512g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0470455969
  • 9780470455968
  • 47,497

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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
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Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Understanding Welding Basics 7 Chapter 1: Diving Into the World of Welding 9 Chapter 2: Considering Commonly Welded Metals 19 Chapter 3: Setting Your Sights on Welding Safety 33 Chapter 4: Setting Up Your Welding Shop 53 Part II: Welding on a Budget: Stick and Tig Welding 71 Chapter 5: Getting on the Stick: Understanding Stick Welding 73 Chapter 6: Getting to Work with Stick Welding 85 Chapter 7: To Tig or Not To Tig: Understanding Tig Welding 105 Chapter 8: Trying Out Tig Welding 119 Part III: Discovering Mig Welding 133 Chapter 9: Understanding the ABCs of Mig Welding 135 Chapter 10: Practicing Mig Welding 147 Part IV: Getting Fancy: Plasma Cutting, Oxyfuel Cutting, and Other Processes 157 Chapter 11: Examining Plasma and Oxyfuel Cutting 159 Chapter 12: Ready, Set, Cut! Trying Out Plasma Arc Cutting and Oxyfuel Cutting 173 Chapter 13: Exploring Special Weld Processes 187 Chapter 14: Exploring Pipe Welding 205 Chapter 15: Working with Cast Iron 217 Part V: Putting Welding into Action with Projects and Repairs 229 Chapter 16: Two Welding Projects to Boost Your Welding Shop 231 Chapter 17: Constructing a Campfi re Grill 249 Chapter 18: Fixin to Fix Things: Analyzing and Planning 257 Part VI: The Part of Tens 273 Chapter 19: Ten Tools Every Welder Wants 275 Chapter 20: (Not Quite) Ten Advantages of Being a Certified Welder 285 Chapter 21: (Almost) Ten Welding Defects 291 Chapter 22: Ten Signs You re Welding Correctly 301 Chapter 23: Ten Maintenance Tips for Your Welding Equipment and Shop 307 Glossary 319 Index 343
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About Steven Robert Farnsworth

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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