There is nothing wrong with taking classes to learning how to do somethings the right way! Next is getting and using the right equipment BUT do NOT scrimp on your helmet...spend a little more money in this area. Lastly, practice practice practice! The more you weld and get to know your equipment AND your own tendencies, you will find you'll get better. Good luck!
I didn't do the welding myself, but I assisted my bodyman when he needed it.
My tips are, wear your helmet because he didn't years ago and as a result lost his chance to drive trucks. And also, make SURE you have somebody on fire watch like I was, because my Pontiac could have burnt up while we were doing the floor pans and frame rail. Yes, it's pretty scary to be under the car trapped basically, and your head right next to fuel lines and an oil pan with sparks flying at you- but it's required to ensure those sparks aren't out of hand.
Heres the photo's of my frame rail, with the crack in it, and after with the bar of steel welded in.
Start with simple projects, be consistent with the movements you are making when laying a weld down,get yourself familiar with the equipment you are using bon versions thickness metals, lots of really great deals on used equipment, if you buy a auto darkening spend the cash on a nice one your eyes will thank you
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