I’ve been digging into welding knowledge lately.
Learn to Weld: Beginning MIG Welding and Metal Fabrication Basics Hardcover – by Stephen Christena has been a good book resource for getting started.
YouTube: TimWelds has been a solid video resource covering nearly any question I had within a few minutes.
One thing I need to figure out is the power. I don’t have a good spot to plug in right now.
Starter welding machine
I have a Dayton 3Z744.
The grounding clamp and stick holder are in bad condition on the welder, but it worked “fine” when I tested it. Found generic replacement parts so it should be solid for about $25.
It’s also missing a foot, I think a 2x4 will fit under it nicely.
My plan is to run through at least half of the welding rods purchased (a few pounds, around 50 rods?). I have a few projects in mind
New starter welding machine
I ordered a Lincoln Century FC90. This will go in to service once I have the basics down with the Dayton welder.
Accessories to get started
- 6013 rods
- Lincoln Electric Helmet
- stick welder (at a minimum)
- cotton (or wool?) jacket
- Chipping Hammer and brush
I aim to use a 240v connection from my basement, through a window, via a 30 amp generator cable. This is not ideal, but I don’t have any other power options without running new electric to my Garage.
Common Dryer 240v:
- 10-30p to 14-30r (I’m trying to find a 10-30p to L14-30r with grounding but have not had any luck)
Adapt to Locking extension cord:
Split to 120v:
- L14-30p to 5-20r adapter (240v to 2x 120v adapter)
Accessories that would be nice to have
6013 - All-purpose repairs. tolerant of rust but less durable.
6010 and 6011 - For industrial use. Good first weld where other welds will go over. Good for some thinner stock
7018 - for heavier stock, deeper penetration, smooth bead. Bake sticks to remove moisture.
Ac sticks work with dc too (research how this works a bit more)
Canisters to keep your sticks dry.
No gas required, welds easier than stick but not as clean as mig.
Commonly uses CO2 gas and/or Argon.
Commonly uses Argon gas for stainless steel.
AC for Aluminum.
Most Tig can also stick weld.
Some things I’d like to learn:
- Upgrade stick welder with new electrode holder and clamp.
- basic stick welding
- Weld steel coupons and steel airplanes
- build a welding table
- repair shovel
- throw together some sort of toolbox (bead/break/weld)
- different types of joints
- flux-core welding
- mig welding
- tig welding
- Weld stainless steel
- Weld aluminum
- Build a removable drawer system for 4runner (Aluminum welding)