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Welding for Dummies


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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

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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