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    Hi all. I've been reading for almost an hour. What a great site!! I just bought a HH 187 because I'm neck deep in an engine swap project that is the perfect excuse to finally buy a welder. I've done a small amount of stick welding, but I'm basically a beginner. I know a lot of guys who have taken a welding class when then got started. This is strictly hobby for me, so I'm wondering if I can learn what I need to know on my own. If so, I'd appreciate some suggestions on how best to learn. I know I need to get a bunch of scrap and start laying beads and joining pieces, but what else? Anyone have any specific training techniques they are willing to share? Thanks in advance for any suggestions!!
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  • #2
    You asked "... but what else?" If you can take pictures and post them, you can probably get expert advice on how to improve. We love pictures.

    Please get someone here to OK any load bearing, serious automotive welds you make. Auto welds that break can hurt lots of people that happen to be on the same road.

    With that said, Welcome to the Forum. It is great place.



    • #3

      As to learning

      I first learned by taking an adult-ed class at a local vo-tech highschool.
      Even though I am 'only' a hobby/weekend weldor, it was worth it. It
      exposed me to most/all of the common processes, gave me enough
      of a background in things so that I could ask intelligent questions
      and know what I know (and what I do not know :-) and stuff
      like that. It was also valuable for the 'first step' where having
      someone right there saying "no, do it this way" is a lot better
      than taking some pix and sending them off on the internet and
      all that.

      Having had more than one or two of my welds turn out to be, um, er,
      "not all that they could be", I strongly second Bob's comments
      about not welding anything important until you get more experience.

      Also, Miller ( has an intro educational
      "student" package that costs something like $25. Get it.
      They have a number of DVDs that many have recommended,
      you might want to try them too.

      Good luck



      • #4
        Utube welding.


        • #5
          Best I would say is to take a class. You get feedback that allows you to correct mistakes and improve.


          • #6
            Originally posted by Roger View Post
            Utube welding.
            Ditto for You Tube!..but take a course, as well, if you can!
            "Good Enough Never Is"


            • #7

              theres a lot of videos and its all free. awesome site