Introduction. Don't Take Risks. First Things First. Any Old Iron? Metal Identification. Chapter 1: MMA Manual Metal Arc Welding. Chapter 2: MIG/MAG Welding. Chapter 3: Gas Welding and Cutting. Chapter 4: TIG Welding. Chapter 5: Plasma Cutting. Chapter 6: Special Techniques Cast iron welding, Pipe welding, Hardfacing. Chapter 7: Soldering. Chapter 8: Welding Plastics. Chapter 9: Workshop Techniques Taps and dies, Drill Sharpening. Chapter 10: Basic Blacksmithing. Appendices: What's in a Name? Process Terminology. Heat Colors. Useful Conversions: electrodes and cored wires.
Andrew Pearce grew up in Kent, England with motorcycles, cars and farm machinery. After study at the University of Nottingham's School of Agriculture, he worked for several years on a farm in Sussex. During this time, he started writing, first for Power Farming and later for Farmer's Weekly. A former instructor of welding and other practical skills, he currently divides his time between writing and the farm workshop.