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Welding For Dummies

Steven Robert Farnsworth

ISBN: 978-0-470-45596-8 October 2010 384 Pages


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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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