I Am Taking A Welding Class!
Posted October 05, 2012 - 05:45 AM
Posted October 05, 2012 - 06:37 PM
There is one of those foldable trailers from TSC in the shop and it is being made into a BBQ grill. It is almost done and just needs some finishing really. He wanted me to make the rack to go inside, and also weld in some angle to hold it up. A student yesterday already cut all of the steel for it so all I had to do was weld it together. Everything went smooth and the only thing Shnitzer had to say about my welds was that they where a little thick and to go a bit faster. I went that little bit faster and he said I am going to have a good head start on the other juniors when we get to MIG welding.
Posted October 05, 2012 - 06:39 PM
...No worries on those welds. That's solid...
Thanks Dean. But what is solid for what we do, may not be solid when building a large structure. This reminds me of Shnitzers favorite thing to say "What works on the farm, might not work on the jobsite."
Edited by Ryan313, October 05, 2012 - 06:39 PM.
Posted October 07, 2012 - 04:06 AM
Posted October 14, 2012 - 07:06 PM
Yesterday I went to TSC and there was a rack full of welding supplies on sale. I got a pack of welding gloves; it was only $10 for 3 pairs! They are not great gloves by any means, but better and I am sure cleaner then the ones at Boces.
Tomorrow I am going to bring in a pair of gloves, my auto-darkening helmet and half of a saw blade I welded to a metal rod.
The saw blade is for cleaning out slag. Mr. Shnitzer cut a blade in half, he gave one piece to me and another piece to somebody else. It works great; except, it is difficult to hold and a little flimsy. So today I cut an old blade I had in the garage in half, and welded a rod to it. It is much easier to hold and it does not bend. The only thing is that the welds are terrible... not sure I want to bring it into welding class.
- KennyP said thank you
Posted October 15, 2012 - 08:18 AM
Posted October 15, 2012 - 01:02 PM
Keep up the good work and have fun
Posted October 15, 2012 - 09:40 PM
Last week I did the questions for the oxy-acetylene chapter in the text book. Today, we got a demonstration on how to properly and safely do this, that, and the other thing. After the demonstration only the people who did the questions where able to go and make a few cuts on some steel. Being the only one who actually did the questions, I was the only one who got to use them!
The senior who helped me was impressed. He jokingly told me to teach one of the seniors who was watching me. He did point out that I had the perfect cutting speed, normally the hardest part for students to learn. The only problem I had was that I kept hitting my hand on the torch valves and messing up the flame. The cutting head was on so that the valves where on the bottom of the torch body, I have my torch with the valves on the left side. Once I moved them I was fine and did not hit them again. It was when at this time that I told the senior who was helping me, and the one watching that I have a set of torches. The "spectator" replied with "Now I see why you have the cutting speed down!"
Posted October 16, 2012 - 07:00 PM
Posted November 02, 2012 - 05:50 PM
While putting some of the loose electrodes back into their boxes, Mr Shnitzer handed me a 5/32 E7024 rod, and four 5/32 E7018 rods. He told me to go ahead and burn them down on some scrap metal. He did not want me to actually weld anything together, he just wanted me to see what they felt like and see what kind of a bead they left. I must say, the E7024 rod is the easiest rod I have used yet! I showed him, and he took the flashlight and magnifying glass out of his desk, he then said they where all perfect welds! It was this point that he told me to stay on the track I am on now, for he has a "plan" for me. I asked what it was, and he did not want to tell me, so I am not sure what he wants to do.
Posted November 02, 2012 - 06:01 PM
Posted November 02, 2012 - 06:44 PM
Posted November 02, 2012 - 10:46 PM
Posted November 02, 2012 - 11:19 PM
Posted November 07, 2012 - 04:40 PM
We where just about done with the lesson by now. After we finished I got to try it! I burned through twice, once in the bead and once at the end of the steel. Right now, I am not using filler. After I get good with using no filler, then I will get a few filler rods to "play" with. I say play because... I think we all know this is nothing but fun for me!
So, as of today I am the only first year welding student who is starting to braze, and is allowed to use the sheer.