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Old 11-16-2006, 09:56 AM   #1
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how'd you learn to weld?

Just curious where those of you who know how to weld learned?

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Old 11-16-2006, 11:09 AM   #2
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high school, then in the USN...

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Old 11-16-2006, 11:30 AM   #3
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my uncle showed me how when i was about 10. then i just practiced and practiced. welding anything and everyhting together. i'm decent at it, by no means a pro. heres the headache rack i built for my truck

and another one i built (old truck)

and of course, my truck pit (on my old truck...need a replacement bumper with a hitch still on my new truck)
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Old 11-16-2006, 01:53 PM   #4
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I've ended up learning to at least stick a couple pieces together by messing up lots of other pieces of steel. All you need is a person with a welder, some scraps, and a lot of patience on their part to help you.
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Old 11-16-2006, 04:44 PM   #5
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After I graduated I got a job at a custom metal fabricating shop and the owner was willing to teach me, for the 1st 2 weeks there he had me sit behind the shear with a pile of rods sticking all the scrap together, he didn't pay much then, but I got better, I still visit to this day (I quit 12 yrs ago) and when I walk in the 1st thing he asks me is if I'm there to work.
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Old 11-16-2006, 05:34 PM   #6
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I'm bit long in the tooth for highschool shop class and I just don't want to join the Navy. But, today my buddy agreed to lend me her husband to teach me how to weld. What a friend

I have some equipment for my shop I need and I'd rather not pay to have it made. It's simple stuff, so it won't matter if it's a bit frankensteined. And seems it might be a skill that would come in handy.

WB - Why's it called a headache rack? .... and what the heck is that hanging off the front of your truck???
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Old 11-16-2006, 06:24 PM   #7
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Glad I'm not the only one that hadn't heard of a headache rack...The other is a grill for tailgaiting (or would it be hooding, since its on the front?)
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Before you run off and "Strike an Arch" with you friend's husband and "Burn Some Rod", check out the night classes at the local Community or Jr. Colleges. The welders will get this humor...

Many CC's around my area offer Welding Classes though the continuing education programs. I know several women who did this to do Art Projects or Furniture Building which require welding.
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Old 11-16-2006, 06:28 PM   #9
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A headache rack is required equipment on all vehicle in Texas. I saw a Camry the other day with one.
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Old 11-16-2006, 06:32 PM   #10
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..."louvered headache racks help keep your truck cab cool by keeping direct sun off your rear window. It also helps protect you and your back glass from the objects being hauled in your truck bed. "...

Played nerd and looked it up...learn something new everyday.
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Old 11-16-2006, 06:34 PM   #11
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Before you run off and "Strike an Arch" with you friend's husband and "Burn Some Rod", The welders will get this humor...


I got it..

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Old 11-16-2006, 11:09 PM   #12
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Before you run off and "Strike an Arch" with you friend's husband and "Burn Some Rod", check out the night classes at the local Community or Jr. Colleges. The welders will get this humor...

Many CC's around my area offer Welding Classes though the continuing education programs. I know several women who did this to do Art Projects or Furniture Building which require welding.
Yeah, but he's free and just down the street. Plus, if I don't get it, I'll see if he'll build the stuff I need (no art project here, I'm building a kiln to get rid of the bodies kidding, kidding)
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Old 11-17-2006, 06:28 PM   #13
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A headache rack is required equipment on all vehicle in Texas.
This is True! My Ranch Hand bumpers make rush hour a lot easier too.
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Old 11-17-2006, 07:33 PM   #14
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must be a Texas thang I knew what it was
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Old 11-18-2006, 10:00 AM   #15
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It's true, if people see a crap ton of heavy steel hanging off your front end they tend to move if you want them to. I learned to weld from my dad, spent 4 years in H.S. shop, and took a ten week course in the navy. So I'm certified in ARC and T.I.G., but I can weld in Oxy/Acetilene,ARC,MIG,T.I.G. (That's a lot of letters). Anyway, Tiny, go for it, all it takes is patience and steady hand, along with a willing teacher and you already have one of those it sounds like. So learn a skill that will always be useful. Good luck.
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Old 11-19-2006, 10:33 PM   #16
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hahahah...yes....a headache rack for me serves 4 purposes
1. shade the cab some with the louvers
2. protect the back window when im hauling brush or somehting
3. allow for a tie down point (when im loaded to the gills ill put stuff on top of the tool boxand strap it to the H-A rack
4. Provide a platform to mount some lights so i can actually see behind me (to back a trailer or whatever)

plus....i think they look kinda cool

the other thing is my truck pit. its a bbq pit for the truck...to cook burgers, sausage, fajitas, whatever on. it cooks pretty good too.
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Old 11-19-2006, 11:32 PM   #17
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I have never ever seen a bbq pit hooked to a truck before. I'd be ramming it into everything hanging off my bumper like that.
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Old 11-20-2006, 08:05 AM   #18
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I learned how to mig weld from a grungy old mechanic in the shop I worked in as a teen. I learned Tig and wire feed welding later on with the railroad, there they also taught me to weld aluminum (special stick) and stainless steel (tig). By far the funnest thing to do is gouging out an old weld, messy and destructive. I have never had a class in my life but if you are fresh to it I would suggest takeing a few. Damge can be done with a welder not set right or running a bead to fast or to slow.

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