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Unread 09-26-2012, 05:58 AM   #1
sevenscrew
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Getting welder today. Getting started

What are the fewest things needed to start welding ?(practicing learning etc)

Flux core wire (it comes with 1 lb)
Mask
Angle grinder to prep metal and cut
Welding gloves
(I have a thick Jacket)
Extension cord and appropriate plugs.

Anything else I need to pick up from home depot while I'm getting this stuff?

Thanks guys

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Unread 09-26-2012, 06:07 AM   #2
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earplugs, safety glasses (for the grinder)
a cheap acetylene torch might save you some time with the cuts pending on how thick of material your using
oh and a wire brush or brush wheel for the grinder because the flux core tends to leave a lot of slag and residue
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Unread 10-02-2012, 09:26 PM   #3
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Not sure you can find it at HD, but plenty of scrap metal for practice and the cleaner the better. Check around at local welding/fab shops or metal scrap yards usually sell it if you don't otherwise have access.

And it never hurts to be well versed in your trade so you may look into classes at your local CC.
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Unread 10-02-2012, 09:34 PM   #4
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Not sure you can find it at HD, but plenty of scrap metal for practice and the cleaner the better. Check around at local welding/fab shops or metal scrap yards usually sell it if you don't otherwise have access.

And it never hurts to be well versed in your trade so you may look into classes at your local CC.
My metal supplier sells scrap metal by the pound for cheap. Most of it is small little bits and pieces that are a few inches by a few inches, you can get a fair amount of scrap metal in these small pieces for $10.00... great metal to practice on.
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