Refreshing my skills

  1. lawrenceD New Member

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    Hi. I learnt to weld (MIG and Stick) almost 40 years ago... now 59. I'm looking to refresh my skills and dodgy memory as there are a few welders jobs near me. I be very grateful if anyone could point me to a course or if someone would have the time and patience to let me practice.

    Thank you all :)

    Loz
     
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  2. a111r Member

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    Welcome!
    A similar situation to me. You'll probably also find "it's like riding a bike", so IMO money for training could be better spent on buying a new MIG and kit and just practice...
    It's all much better nowadays: non-live torches, auto masks, decent gas, much wider choice ... and the internet!
    What machine did you learn on?
     
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  3. Nick DV

    Nick DV "You must unlearn what you have learned."

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    Welcome Lawrence. Was exactly in the same position as you and as @a111r says, get yourself some kit and practice, practice, practice :thumbup: Any problems, don't be afraid to ask as there's lots of clever people on this forum that can help.
     
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  4. lawrenceD New Member

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    Crumbs I have no idea. It had a CO2 cylinder one end and was cylindrical with some dials to turn the welder up or down and some amp and volt meters. There was a long cable that led to a red box on wheels that held the spool of wire and the welder came out of that.
     
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  5. lawrenceD New Member

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    and thanks for all the good advice
     
  6. bourbon Member

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    sounds like a Kemppi like we have at work
     
  7. lawrenceD New Member

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    TBH it was 40 years ago :D
     
  8. Feet 'n Inches

    Feet 'n Inches Out of the rat-race at last

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    That's about all I can remember about the MIG machines that were around in the 70s. I may be wrong but I think Lincoln made a 3 phase job. One thing I do recall fairly vividly is, with some machines, I seemed to spend a lot of time fixing wire jams.

    There's plenty of info on this site about machines and techniques but I have a feeling that once you pick up a piece of kit and start welding, a lot of memories will come back; especially with a lot of practice.
     
  9. Farside

    Farside Badly Welded Man

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    1980, when I first picked up a MIG torch, the machines in the fab shop (where I wasn't employed) were Butters beasties.
    I had some good basic instruction from one of the guys and just let rip. Those massive machines were an absolute joy to learn on, being so controllable and within a short time I was able to weld thin washers to thin plate, which is all I wanted to do at the time - reinforcing fan shrouds on small air-cooled gensets.
    The fab / welding shop was in the same factory as the generator shop, but two different businesses. Didn't stop a lot of cross-over in equipment and assistance, which was great.
    The handy thing, there was always a spare welding unit available to me, and even though the gen shop had its own welding set it wasn't as good as the bigger ones next door.
     
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  10. Robert Mullins Member

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    Norman Butter Company, huge orange monster machines, they just didn't go wrong! Fabulous bits of kit
     
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