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Ongoing Welding Q&A

Here you go guys, just post up in this one. It shouldn't be going anywhere.
Any questions, there are no stupid ones. Post pictures too.

Side note... I just got aluminum and stainless structural certs


Never mind, can't get a sticky anymore. Just keep it bumped
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pro tip: hood > goggles. my red face is a testament to this.

but being the first time I welded anything i can excuse myself. flux core welding = cool. for the hobart handler 140
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that handler 140 is a heck of a welder. get the MIG kit for it asap.
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So say a guy like me, works as a mechanic but does a lot of welding both on the side and in my day-to-day job (exhaust, extracting fasteners etc) and eventually dreams of opening up a welding & fabrication shop someday...what would be a good way to go about getting certified, who offers certifications and what upkeep is required (how often do they need to be renewed?) on welding certs?
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So say a guy like me, works as a mechanic but does a lot of welding both on the side and in my day-to-day job (exhaust, extracting fasteners etc) and eventually dreams of opening up a welding & fabrication shop someday...what would be a good way to go about getting certified, who offers certifications and what upkeep is required (how often do they need to be renewed?) on welding certs?

I know our local Community College offers welding classes that end with the cert tests.
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that handler 140 is a heck of a welder. get the MIG kit for it asap.

where is the mig kit. I looked online and couldn't find anything.
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So say a guy like me, works as a mechanic but does a lot of welding both on the side and in my day-to-day job (exhaust, extracting fasteners etc) and eventually dreams of opening up a welding & fabrication shop someday...what would be a good way to go about getting certified, who offers certifications and what upkeep is required (how often do they need to be renewed?) on welding certs?


If you live in Canada, you could hire me! Lol... I'm sick of working in a ship yard... but thats besides the point.

You should call your local college, they should be able to help you out on the testing bit. Depending on what ticket it is, all you need to do is prove that you've been doing that welding process over the course of 6 months or 2 years and you're golden.
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where is the mig kit. I looked online and couldn't find anything.

my bad, it looks like it comes ready to run gas right out of the box. Did you get a regulator with it?
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my bad, it looks like it comes ready to run gas right out of the box. Did you get a regulator with it?

it is actually my friend's welder so I dunno. I used it to weld up a new muffler tip on my room mates subaru.
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any recommendations for a good welder for a beginner?
looking at starting some autobody work on my car

would like to know what to look at when choosing one, what manufacturers should i avoid? what sort of accessories should i grab?
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If you live in Canada, you could hire me! Lol... I'm sick of working in a ship yard... but thats besides the point.

You should call your local college, they should be able to help you out on the testing bit. Depending on what ticket it is, all you need to do is prove that you've been doing that welding process over the course of 6 months or 2 years and you're golden.

Where do you weld in Canada? I'm apprenticing. Just wrote my first year test in Alberta.
Here's a question: What should I focus on developing most in my apprenticeship training, my acute welding skill with a common method (aka Stick because I'm in Alberta), or a more broad spectrum of knowledge on most different skills and methods? I ask because the shop I'm at is mostly structural steel (MIG only) as opposed to anything else and I'm wanting to get my own rig in a few years and start making the big money. That, or start a custom bike shop. Not quite sure.
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Recommend a new mig.
Must be 200amp+ and 220v, reliable, and around $1k used.

So far I have Miller 210, 250, 252. ?
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252 is the only one thats currently made thats actually 200+amps. The 210 is like 160 i think. They aren't cheap, not sure if you could find one for 1k. Seems they go for around 2k new.
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I sold my 250 stupidly, but to a good cause.
Looks like I short changed myself a bit, lol. Need to find a good deal again
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Where do you weld in Canada? I'm apprenticing. Just wrote my first year test in Alberta.
Here's a question: What should I focus on developing most in my apprenticeship training, my acute welding skill with a common method (aka Stick because I'm in Alberta), or a more broad spectrum of knowledge on most different skills and methods? I ask because the shop I'm at is mostly structural steel (MIG only) as opposed to anything else and I'm wanting to get my own rig in a few years and start making the big money. That, or start a custom bike shop. Not quite sure.



I'm in Victoria.

Congrats on your first year. Now only 3.5 more to go!

I say soak in as much knowledge as you can. Don't try to just be good at one process, but try to excel at all of them. The more you are able to do, and the more certs you have, the more valuable you become. The shipyard I work in does mainly FCAW but there is some pressure work every now and then, but not very often. Personally, I try to get every certification that I can. Right now I'm sitting comfortably with:

"A" Level
PWP 7 & 10
CWB - FCAW, SMAW, Aluminum
AWS SMAW and GMAW
API 1104

I want more. Never stop trying to better yourself.
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