Welcome to the 4th episode of the Beginner Welding Series. In this episode I am going to show you how to MIG weld. Learn about torch angle, stick out, wire feed speed, and welding techniques.
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Brandon, first I subed. I just bought a mig welder and did my first ugly weld :) Your approach to teaching basic skills is so appreciated I feel like sggesting that you make it a part of your channel to regularly teach skills, lingo, settings, etc...I've got a million questions as i'm sure many of us beginners do ! I am certain you could also reach many who hesitate to buy a welder but dream of making sparks in their garage. Good luck with the channel and thank you.
alot of good information here for beginners. only thing I'd change is using a tap mig rather than a unit with infinite adjustability. for new guys learning it'd be helpful to teach them about voltage, wirespeed, and the relationship between the two.
G, day mate, have just subscribed to you’re channel. I liked you’re simple and straight forward explanation on how to start Mig welding for beginners, top job.
I took up welding in 1970 as a hobby and still love welding to this day. I help out teaching newcomers to welding for free and really enjoy doing it. I have completed numerous welding courses at Technical Colleges over the years to get my qualifications. I’m also a qualified Fitter & Turner and also teach, for free to newcomers the basics of that trade as well.
You’re approach of teaching is very similar to mine....simple and to the point. Keep up the good work, l look forward to watching more of you’re video’s, as l am not too old to keep learning from others, like yourself. Nobody knows everything.
Brian from “down under”...Australia. Hooroo matey...
I wish I saw this video when I first bought my everlast welder. I was learning from trial and error back then. I didn't even read the manual. I was pretty ignorant and wasted a lot of time being stupid.
Brandon, I am new to welding. I am having a terrible time trying to see the joint i am trying to weld. I purchased a Lincoln 1840 Series auto darkening helmet and have tried setting it from the darkest to the lightest setting and still find it almost impossible to see where the bead is being applied. Can you or anyone, PLEASE help me.
Charles Gruen, you should set your hood so that it's light enough to see the puddle, but dark enough so that it isn't bothering your eyes.
Being able to see the puddle and see what it's doing is an acquired skill. something that might help you see the joint better is setting up an outside corner joint to practice on so the edge if the metal is your lines to follow. Also invest in either a white paint market or soapstone to lay out a straight line to follow. You should easily be able to see the white lines.
+Merlin Zener I became so frustrated, I called Lincoln tech support and they had no idea why I was unable to see the joint I was welding. They said that the helmet I have (Lincoln 1840 series) was a top of the line product and I should take it to a Lincoln dealer and have it checked; it might be defective. What I did do is to purchase another helmet (Lincoln Red Fierce) which has an auto darkening setting that goes down to 7 and I could see better but again, not great. Also, although the setting can be reduced to 7, I am concerned that it may not be sufficient protection.
BRANDON OR ANYONE ELSE--PLEASE CHIME IN--WE CERTAINLY NEED YOUR HELP AND APPRECIATE ANYTHING YOU MAY OFFER.
Very well done. I just upgraded to this welder from a cheap flux core only machine. I started a project using 1/8 " material and played with the settings. I am running the same set up you are demonstrating with. I was surprised that the welds seemed fairly good over a range of settings. I settled on settings with the wire speed a bit below the chart recommendations. I was wondering if you have found the recommended settings to be generally fairly accurate for the Hobart 140 ? Thanks.
Congratulations on upgrading your welder! You will be very happy with it. It's a solid machine and I have had zero issues with it. As far as the chart goes, I think it's very close but I have a tendency to go the other way on my settings when I'm welding. Not just this machine, but most of my machines I find myself welding a little hotter than whats recommended. I probably compensate for the hotter setting with a quicker travel speed...which is why I usually end up having to clean up a bunch of spatter at the end of the project😂 . Thanks for watching James and Congratulations! 👍
+Brandon Lund awesome ok my man I'll keep watching trying to learn a little bit so i don't have to pay people to do stuff lol. I like the channel good information and I've learned a lot so far thanks my man.
shogunMR In my younger years I have brazed in countless floor pans using a torch and brazing rod. I even did a 1970 c-10 chop top with torch brazing. My preference now is mig with c-25 gas. You can do it with flux core but it’s more difficult in my opinion. Thanks for your support brother, I appreciate it!
Your welcome and I appreciate your interest and your comment. For the most part people are very respectful on our channel. I say "our" because we have a close community. Every now and then a keyboard commando will show up but not very often...and they never have videos to back it up 🤣🤣🤣
Thanks Brandon, My MIG weld break off like stale chewing gum on the old bed post. Your way of cluing me in gave me that "ah-ha" moment. I think I know how to make my welds better now. Good luck with your channel.. I'm subscribed!
Thanks Mike, glad I could help! The "Maniacal s10" had me, so of coarse I had to check out your page. That's a nice big block setup you got there! Are you building a drag car or are you going pro-street?
its okay for beginners but i would say that to clean the metal befor welding is everytime very good. i explain that with a example: "if you want to drink beer with your mates you want to have a clean or nice place to meet&drink. but in this case is that you be the welding wire/rod/electrode and the other metal pieces are your mates. if you have the right settings for welding (gas, amperge, voltage, AC-DC for tig, clean metal basis,....) the pieces (your friends) stay/hold much longer together (and drink beer)!!!" the result is that you have a very good welding time! :D
You should always purge the gas from your gun after you've closed your bottles when you're done welding for the day. With the welder still powered up, hit the trigger a couple of times and watch the pressure on the gauges drop.
Noel Henriquez just keep practicing and in a short time you will get better. Are you using flux core or mig? If you do not have your polarity right at the welder it will cause for bad weld also. You want DCEN when using flux core, DCEP when using gas
Thanks for a very informative video.
I have just recently bought myself a new MIG welder.
I have not had a chance to use it yet as I had to get an electrician to put in an 15 Amp power point for the welder.
My old one which I burnt out was only a 10Amp unit but when used at the end of a long extension lead overheated, but it was good practice but it has been so long since I used a welder, I will have to learn all over again, so your videos will be very helpful.
I especially liked the way you demonstrated the sound of going too fast or too slow.
regards from Rural New South Wales,Australia.
zenteno5p there is always that one person that finds it necessary to interject and be rude and criticize without actually contributing a damn thing. I've been welding 22 years and i dont have a clue what "putting my gas first" is. I do know how to spell the word "start" though.
Dev Everything Nozzel Gel is a jelly type substance that lubricates the end of your mig gun so that spatter doesn't stick to it. When I finish welding, I dunk the end of the gun in the gel and it's ready to go for next time. It's much more necessary when using flux core but I use it every time when I'm done because it makes cleanup easier.
Sandra Young I’m in Maine. I know it doesn’t really help you, but I have been wanting to do something along those lines. As you mentioned, a lot of the local colleges give classes geared towards this. Thanks for watching and for your kind comment!
Just wanted to know if you are located any where near upstate NY and do you give classes. I just want to do some hobby sculpture welding for my garden. Will try my local community college but figured it couldn’t hurt to ask you.
I have watched a lot of welding videos here on YouTube and I just want to say how refreshing it actually is to watch a video that's not a sell out.
Either by trying to shell out products like say a random statement that I've NEVER Heard before like
" THIS IS A INVERARC 200TLP from our friends at HTP America"
Can't remember where I've heard it before but I'm sure it's also about plasma cutters and so on.
Also not begging for patreon donations.
I have subscribed liked and shared it because it is a video that's been created and posted for the benefit of the viewers not your pocket.
Don't get me wrong now. I have absolutely no issue with people making money off of YouTube videos or patreon not at all
But I do have an issue with people who use every means possible to get money. Like doing shell videos with clock bait titles then ask you to become a patreon and then try to sell you things while asking you to like share rate and subscribe.
I will link your video on my channel as a video for people to watch in order to learn from.
Hence the name of my channel
Not a problem mate.
Credit where credits due.
I believe 100% that it you find a product that is the same as a million others but this is the best of the bunch then sponsored or not if you honestly do believe that then by all means sell away as it is of great benefit to your viewers and if you get a free tool of a bit of coin out of it then so be it as that would be an added extra for you. Not a reason for saying it. But love your channel and your vids mate.
Keep up the good work
Can You Learn this from YouTube Thank you very much for your great comment! I have been known from time to time to endorse a product or whatever but it's only because I truly believe in it and I don't want my viewers wasting their money on stuff they might not need. It's funny you mention the comment about the invertig and I know what your saying. My viewers want educational content, not an infomercial disguised as a build video. I will do my best to see thats what my viewers get. Thanks for the kind words and trust this channel will always keep it real!
Did I hear you say $80 for a bottle? Wow.. I fill mine (75/25 Argon/CO2) for $33.. (Western NC) Same size bottle as you have..
I weld pretty much the same as you.. Usually drag, but, will push in a second if it is a better setup for the weld.. Whatever feels better.. Downhill/uphill, kind of depends on what I am welding and what amps the machine is set at.. If it is welding a little hot, I weld uphill, a little on the cool side, I weld downhill, which I prefer.. I rarely move my settings if I can weld a little faster or slower. I usually don't change settings unless I change thicknesses of metal or have to weld a different type of joint (wider or more narrow).. If it is not hot enough, and should be for what you are welding, always check the ground first.. I find the ground can affect just as much or more, if it is a poor ground.
I always say.. Practice penetration and fusing first, then, practice doing the same while stacking the beads...
I can usually teach someone to weld in an afternoon.. Start with the stick, and when they get penetration down, and get started making some decent beads, I move them to the Mig if that is what they want to buy, and let them practice the rest of the afternoon..
Mig makes everything so easy,, but, everyone should start with Stick to get the real feel of welding.. If you can stick, you can surely mig but not the reverse without some time spent practicing.. It's just one less movement (following the shortening of the rod), which was always the source of less than "proud beads"..
Keep up the videos.. Lots of people are looking for beginner vids, because, not everyone gets a chance to go to school or have a mentor to look over their shoulder and figure out how to do it, but, see some simple videos and see what they have been missing.
Not enough of the beginner vids.. Heck.. I watched these videos and I have been welding professionally for myself for years..Ha..
Now,, if I could just find someone who went through Machinist school and could do about 20 or 30 videos on the "Fundamentals" of machine work.. I am already using the lathe and mill, and doing what needs to be done, but, seems I am constantly picking up things that are fundamentals that I missed, because they were not necessary to know at the time, but, helps in the overall mix of things.. Half of the videos about building your own tools to make your work more accurate and easier..
Love your wood/metal builds.. One day, I am going to take the time to outfit my living room with that type of furniture, and then to the bedroom, and finally the kitchen/dining room..
I want to build a set of comfortable chairs that will stack in a corner when not in use.. Probably square or rectangular tubing..
Probably go with a new table for the chairs... Nothing wrong with the one that I have, except, I didn't build it.. Ha..
Same here.. Love learning and trying new things.. I did the same, but Stuck with 6011's.. I use 6013's if I weld something thin and don't want much penetration or don't want to fight the blow through holes. I always found it hard to Re-Start 7018's, but are nice rods for chipping the flux, same as the 6013's. But, if I feel extra strength is needed, I will use the 7018's, if I have some fresh.. I refaced an old anvil with a 4140 piece of tool steel, and used the 7018's to fill the deep V grooves and fill them to the surface before grinding them down. It was going to be subject to a lot of beating, so, 7018 was the first choice.
I agree though.. Stacked beads with the 6011 take some finesse..
Somehow, you never have enough tools..Ha.. Love my Plasma, but, use the Acetylene on thick stuff and for Preheating, etc.. Love the Abrasive Chop saw, but, now, only use it for tool steel, and love the new Evolution Rage 2 Chop Saw (with saw blade) even more (but need to wear muffs to protect the ears, but, still use the band saw and 4.5" cut off wheels on the Angle grinder..
I took up Blacksmithing and opened up a whole new realm of building with metal.. Then, bought a used mini lathe and mill and now can't imagine too many projects I could not put together.. Just need more hours in a day..Ha.. Cheers.
Thought you might like this.. One of my most difficult and demanding projects.. My Redneck Refrigerator Tool Box.. Never dreamed how flimsy a refrigerator would get when you pull everything out of it, including the foam.. Then, had to put drawers and drawer slides in it.. And, you probably know how finiky those are. But, worked out great. Been using it for years.. Wish I would have spent more on the drawer slides.. Bought more of an industrial type slide for the weight.. 24" wide drawers can get heavy when you start stuffing them.. But, can't hardly argue with the price.. Everything except the drawer slides I had on hand or was scrap.. Ha..
Later.. Want to figure out why one of my videos that has been sitting there for 2 years is getting a large number of comments for some reason and getting lots of hits today. Strange.. On Gun Control for some reason.. Not sure why now, after 2 years, is getting all of the action.. Here it is. It was a repost of a video I found, got deleted off of youtube and found it again..
Back to work for me.. Thanks for the reply..
$33.00 is an awesome deal for a bottle that size! I agree with starting with stick first. That's how I started and I think everything after that just comes easier. I learned on 6011. Burned pounds of it then eventually started running 6013 and 7018. It was a whole new experience. I was amazed how easy it was to stack dimes as compared to 6011. Thanks for the compliment buddy and I am always learning also. It's what keeps this hobby so much fun :)
The clean jacket is killing me...lol
I know you didn't get yours from sponsors but always kills me when these guys show up with all new Miller blues or Lincoln reds and they're crisp and spotless. I'd be rubbing dirty metal all over them to at least make them look like they had been used a time or two.
D Rickard Hahaha you made me chuckle! This just brought me back to the days when we would be told that a "seasoned" guy was going to showing up on Monday to help out. The guy rolls in with all new shiny gear and everyone's like "here we go again, another idiot with no experience" lol. Your comment about my shiny new jacket just made me "that guy"! Take care brother and thanks for laugh :)
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Good stuff, other things-if you have wire feed probs, check your ground(earth) is good as well as w/f setting-MIG needs a good ground, cleaning off the workpieces also helps and can reduce spatter. Pulling or dragging with gas MIG generally increases penetration, I find that is true, so I drag on thicker materials.Shield with a grinding is handy -switch on the outside of the shield is handiest.On safety, I prefer to wear all leather gloves for welding and grinding, and no livestock in the shop- I think you had a goose under the bench at the start of the video?, oe mebbe it was ole Foghorn Leghorn.
Why does your gas pressure drop. If I set my regulator on 10 it should stay there. Also turning your bottles on wide open is a bad habit to start. Once your pressure shows on your regulator there is no reason to go any higher
Brandon Lund don’t forget, you can always add the link to your latest video in your IG profile and direct folks there to see it. Also, you can add hashtags #welding #welding101 etc. to increase audience reach 😉. Keep the videos coming!
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