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How to Weld
« on: January 09, 2010, 07:37:15 AM »
How to Weld
Todd Bridigum
ISBN 978-0-7603-3174-3
Trade paperback

There have been a number of books on welding in the last 10 years or so that have tried to be a instructive and yet coffee table type book. They all have failed, this one does pull off both.

It is a very nicely done full color,with lots and lots of photo's. The close up of procedures and the welding process that are so often missing in most other books. Photo's to go along with all the subject matters being talked about. Not like some others that claim to be the greatest and then fall so short that they don't have the correct information in sections. Mostly due to bad editing and authors attitude.

Whether it is a birds nest in a MIG and a list of things that cause them and how to correct them. To most pit falls with all the common welding and cutting equipment and processes. It also has expanded the information about compressed gases. along with all of the common home, small shop welding and joining processes.

The author is a long time welding instructor that has been listening to the questions his students have asked over the years. And remembered to include them in this book.

It starts off with a one page introduction:
  • History and Process Overview
  • Safety
  • General Tools and Equipment for Metal Fabrication
  • Types and Properties of Metal
  • Joint Designs,Welding Positions, and Discontinuities
  • Oxygen, Acetylene, and Other Compressed Gases
  • Brazing, Braze Welding, and Soldering
  • Introduction to Arc Welding
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) or }TIG{
  • Cutting Processes
  • Fabrication and Additional Exercises
  • Resources

In addition to the close up photo's of the weld beads and process. There are sample exercises for all the processes discussed along with the equipment and supplies needed. It isn't a text book, but it could easily used as one with great effect.

Covering they parts of the torches and working ends that are held in the hand. with all the parts laid out and all the photo's are clear, close enough,bright that there is no work bench landscape type photo's to leave you wondering which part he is talking about.

If you are some one, that is thinking of getting into the metal arts as a hobby,or to pursue a career. Then if you are looking for a one stop book to help make up your mind. Then this is the one for you.

If you are an old hand and looking for some eye candy and to gain some more knowledge about the subject then this is also the one.
Each chapter/page is color coded tabbed to a speed index on the back cover.

This book along with the Miller's student package, and the Lincoln's The procedure handbook of Arc Welding could be the only books you might need on the subject.

It might be the best total $75.00 any one can spend on a short course of knowledge in the comfort of your home or shop. They have the price of the book in 's Canadian $'s and US $'s so it is available most of the area's this forum serves.
« Last Edit: January 09, 2010, 07:41:52 AM by PTsideshow »
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