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I'm not embarrassed that I don't know anything about welding, but there will be many stupid questions so I can learn.

I stacked the MIG &TIG to save space and to share an argon cylinder. Just found out the MIG uses mixed Ar/CO2. Stupid mistake.

Beyond that, I can't even think of one thing I would ever use the MIG for. I'll hang onto it for a minute, but will probably sell it for a loss. Still brand new.
 

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keep it. migs are great for sticking things together.. i traded my c25 tank for an argon tank and havent been able to use it since.. very annoying.
 

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Beyond that, I can't even think of one thing I would ever use the MIG for. I'll hang onto it for a minute, but will probably sell it for a loss. Still brand new.
Sometimes you just want to booger weld something together really quick. I use my MIG way more than my TIG, but I think it is because I am impatient.
 

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I'm not embarrassed that I don't know anything about welding, but there will be many stupid questions so I can learn.

I stacked the MIG &TIG to save space and to share an argon cylinder. Just found out the MIG uses mixed Ar/CO2. Stupid mistake.

Beyond that, I can't even think of one thing I would ever use the MIG for. I'll hang onto it for a minute, but will probably sell it for a loss. Still brand new.
You can totally MIG with argon, that is the gas to use if MIG welding stainless steel. I have a bottom feeder TIG I`ve only ever tried to use twice with expectantly horrible results, had to sell my flagship MIG rig a while ago and it FUCKING HURT so based on that I`d say hang onto it, it has it`s uses. That being said I gotta get myself an argon bottle and learn how to TIG as soon as my budget allows it.
 
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One week before my first welding class.

Have to admit that I'm scared. Omicron is raging here. Saw on the news (a couple of days ago) that 1 in 5 COVID tests are positive in L.A. County. A test center here in Glendale was at almost 33% positivity rate. Unbelievable, even to the experts.

I've been concerned about surviving COVID because of my cancer, radiation, hormone therapy, etc. Now, after 3 doses of Moderna, I'm worried because maybe I'll survive COVID, but it could cause my cancer to progress faster. Then, I'm fucked.

Still planning on going, but I could change my mind at any second.
 

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One week before my first welding class.

Have to admit that I'm scared. Omicron is raging here. Saw on the news (a couple of days ago) that 1 in 5 COVID tests are positive in L.A. County. A test center here in Glendale was at almost 33% positivity rate. Unbelievable, even to the experts.

I've been concerned about surviving COVID because of my cancer, radiation, hormone therapy, etc. Now, after 3 doses of Moderna, I'm worried because maybe I'll survive COVID, but it could cause my cancer to progress faster. Then, I'm fucked.

Still planning on going, but I could change my mind at any second.
That's a fucked up situation. I'm sorry you gotta deal with that shit
 

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The good news is, I don't have to do shit. I'm guessing every other person there is looking for a welding job. I just want to have some fun while I still can.

The bad news is my history of daredevil behavior just won't quit. There's some kind of irresistable challenge about being immersed in a cauldren of omicron, with only the uncertain fit of my N95 mask and my weary alcohol-enriched brain.

Because of the short semester, Monday is a 3 1/2 hour lecture, and I could start melting metal on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.

I know this is not a good idea. Option would be waiting until the end of June to start. 4 days to decide, and time is slipping away.
 

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is june a better course? i know a couple transplantees that have kicked the new covid without much fuss.. not sure if thats relatable.. but it does sound like this new shit is a bitch... and theres no saying what other bullshit they can come up with by june eiher..
 

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is june a better course? i know a couple transplantees that have kicked the new covid without much fuss.. not sure if thats relatable.. but it does sound like this new shit is a bitch... and theres no saying what other bullshit they can come up with by june eiher..
Course in June is the same. I need to take it before I get into the class where I can do TIG. So, wouldn't be starting TIG until Fall. May as well start learning on my own.

Been waiting to start TIG with my own equipment. Would definitely like to utilize the college TIG equipment and argon for learning purposes. Then, I can supplement the learning with my stuff.

Monday looks brutal, with 26 people in one classroom for 3 1/2 hours. Room looks small in the pics. Tue - Thurs should be better in the lab/shop.

Been dealing with this shit my entire adult life. Any day at work, I may have to put on the N95 mask and space suit, and go into a closed room with some infectious fuckhead to do things you don't even want to know about.

Worn N95 masks thousands of times. Can't ever guarantee a good seal, but I'm pretty good. Once a year I put the mask on and they put a hood on me and pump in some wicked gas. Hilarious watching the nurses go down.

Part of my calculated risk. Could always play it by ear, and walk anytime I feel too unsafe. Undecided, but getting ready.
 

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So....................was today day 1?

Inquiring minds want to know :p
Yep, I was there. Instructor has omicron and didn't show.

He has to stay in isolation. The day his isolation is up he'll be back. Great. Very confidence inspiring.

First meeting will be next Tuesday. Five week course, now less than 4 weeks.
 

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when i took welding in community college it was pretty solitary. we had "class" where the instructor would do some demos and such then we were off to our cubicles to practice for the rest of the class. we def spent more time actually welding than being lectured in a group.
 

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Is the class MIG and TIG? I always heard that if you learn oxy/acetylene welding first then everything else is easy. My metal shop teacher tried to teach me oxy/acetylene welding in HS, but I fked that up really bad! A few years later I had a certified welder friend teach me the basics and rules to live by with MIG and I got the hang of it quick. TIG is a whole different animal. I really struggle with it. I think I lack the fine dexterity. Interested to hear how your class goes!
 

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I took an intro course that covered oxy, Mig, Tig and arc. tig and Oxy are very similar. Mig is probably the "easiest", at least to pick up. Arc is cool but it took me forever to get it where I can get a bead moving without sticking in the weld puddle.

Outside of the two semsters i took of golf (gotta have PE credits, plus I got to leave work for "school"), welding was my fave.
 
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