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post #1 of 14 Old 01-31-2011, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Learning To Weld- Orlando

Hey guys,

So I am living in Orlando for the next 6 months until I graduate from college in June. At that point I'll be moving back to Boston. I'd like to spend my spare time learning to weld, and getting an idea as to what is necessary to do it myself. I have googled beyond comprehension to find any type of classes or Vocational school evening courses offered, however have not found anything.

Do you guys have any idea as to where I can find a place in the area?

Thanks for any help.

- Ryan

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post #2 of 14 Old 01-31-2011, 01:43 PM
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I would say unless you plan on becoming a professional welder theres nothing wrong with just buying a welder and teaching yourself. That's what I did. There are plenty of folks on here that can critique your welds and give you advice on how to improve.

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^^^I did exactly that.

I had my uncle in town a few weeks back. Hes a gen foreman for a weld shop on for navy ships. I had him inspect some of my welds and he said they looked good

I bought a nice mig and started with fluxcore, but have moved to gas now. Read up on it and join a welding forum. theyll help you out a ton.

IMO one of the best welders for jeep fab is the Hobart handler 187. Its super high quality (makes it easier to learn), not horribly expensive ($600ish on sale) and can do 1/4 single pass. It can also do thin sheet if you run gas on it. It wasnt that difficult to learn because it was such a nice machine. I know someone who took a mig course in college and he was impressed by the quality of my welds for just starting out. They were a ton better than his after a semester of practicing on the schools machines. Then he tried my mig and couldnt believe how much easier it was than what he learned on.

IN SUMMARY: Buy a quality mig that can burn 1/4". Hobart/Miller or Lincoln.
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I know there is a tech school at Daytona State college. Could call there and ask if there is anywhere closer.
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Hey i live in Orlando and i have no idea how to weld either... if you get a really nice welder, i have several projects we can work on. I can teach you exactly everything i know about welding and it won't take long at all.

No really... i looked into a basic welding class in Orlando and NO one offers one. they all want you to come out in two years certified to weld the cracks in the Space Shuttle.

Thanks to the interstate highway system... most people don't see nut'n in the USA.
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I know there is a tech school at Daytona State college. Could call there and ask if there is anywhere closer.
Good thought, I'll give that a try.

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No really... i looked into a basic welding class in Orlando and NO one offers one. they all want you to come out in two years certified to weld the cracks in the Space Shuttle.
I'll let you know what I find out. I still haven't heard back from Orange County Technical whatever school, but I'll keep an eye out. I'd really like to have an idea as to what's going on before I just hop in and buy a welding machine. I suppose I'm one of those measured types that doesn't just jump into the unknown on something of that magnitude. Not to sound like a pus*y but it's just my preference.

Maybe there's a member in the Orlando area that would let me come learn if I pay for metal and time????
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you gave a me an idea i'll call a friend that has a fab shop (he's certified for everything aircraft and has been welding his whole life)... i will ask if he's willing to show a bunch of jeep goofs the basics of welding.... for a fee of course. i'll do it tomorrow

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you gave a me an idea i'll call a friend that has a fab shop (he's certified for everything aircraft and has been welding his whole life)... i will ask if he's willing to show a bunch of jeep goofs the basics of welding.... for a fee of course. i'll do it tomorrow
Awesome man! Yeah I'd pay to get a good learnin' !
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So I talked to my buddie and he said he would be happy to show a group of us the basics of welding... I'll work out a date and time. He figures a couple hours for a couple nights should give us a good grasp of a basic weld (could do an extra day for the slower folks).
PM me your contact info if you're in Orlando and would like to join in. I figure 10 of us would be max! $50 each 6 spots left

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AWESOME! Love the capabilities of this da** forum!
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post #11 of 14 Old 02-03-2011, 12:46 PM
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Might be a good idea for all you expert welders out there... there might be more metal burning challenged jeepers in your area.

Thanks to the interstate highway system... most people don't see nut'n in the USA.
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That's sweet, I'd like to do something like this here in LA sometime!
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4 spots left and we can schedule dates and time... should be informative and fun too.

Thanks to the interstate highway system... most people don't see nut'n in the USA.
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3 spots left

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