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do all the teams have at least one welder on their team? and if NOT...ya got a local class picked out?

I'm gonna take a course this month...

-- Mighty Mik (mightymik2@home.com), March 05, 2001


It's too late ! ! ! If you don't have an experienced welder on your team, it is impossible to learn enough in the time you have left.


-- JustJay-Captain-Three Rusty Juveniles (justjay@neo.rr.com), March 05, 2001.

I agree with Jay. I've been around welding since I was a kid. Lyn, and Frank too. Lyn's dad was a first class welder, and one of my dad's many jobs was as a welder in a couple of shipyards. My grandfather worked at a shipyard in New Orleans until he retired and was always working stuff in his shop at home. There's just too many varibles that could pop up to think one class will be all you need. Sorry to burst your bubble.

Good luck with the course and to your team.

-- Joey Falgout (Broadcast Junkies) (joeyinalexandria@hotmail.com), March 05, 2001.

In that class you might cover mig, gas, and stick. No way you could become proficient with any of them in a short time. The class would be a good learning experience regardless.


-- John Conley The Wrecking Crew (conleyjo@austin.rr.com), March 05, 2001.

I'm not signed up for this round...maybe next one ; ) I don't have a team either.

The earlier point above re: it's too late... I'd think that welding would be a required skill ; )

an electrical/electronics person comes in handy for hiiking up stuff. NOT knowing how to hook up a coil to get spark (like in a recent episode) is no excuse...

I'll also be able to use those skills to make a Battlebot chassis (if i choose to do that...)

-- Mighty Mik (mightymik2@home.com), March 05, 2001.

I beg to differ fellow scrap lovers. Typically, a person cannot become a proficient welder in a few weeks time. Yet, under extroadinary circumstances,such as war, people have accomplished extroadinary things. If a person adopts that same get-it-done-at-any- cost type of attitude and is rather clever, that person could do o.k.

Mighty Mik, if indeed you are mighty and determined you could surprise us all. Good luck!

-- Michael (mdbeckmeyer@aol.com), March 05, 2001.

On second thought, one person fresh from a blitzkreig of welding training can't do it alone in a challenge. It would take 3 extroadinary people to make just a few weeks of gung-ho training equal one semi-experienced welder. Oh well...

-- Michael (mdbeckmeyer@aol.com), March 05, 2001.

we weld daily,its our job. its easy to learn,pretty basic.get a welder or tourches,and you can teach your self pretty quick with a few pointers.and like any thing you'll get better as you practice.

-- the test tank babies (finishrad@aol.com), March 05, 2001.

The class will be good experience, and if you get picked, at least you will have some idea about how to use the machines. The part of welding that takes a lot of time to learn is what materials can be welded to which other metals and with what kind of rods/wire and why or why not. The tecniques for welding uphill, or underneath something (called overhead) are skills that you have to learn by doing for a while. At least it looks easy, maybe you could write for "Rusty Juvenile, Poppa Smurf's Instant How to Weld By Sound Home Video"

-- Waddy Thompson (cthomp3851@aol.com), March 05, 2001.

Well it might be to late to become an expert but, if you have access to welding equipment and have some guidence from someone who does knows how to weld, you could learn enough to do a good job. It is not as easy as it looks though, try to weld vertical or upside down or a thick piece of steel to a thin piece of steel and see what I mean!!! The key is to get good penetration and practice, practice, practice!

Good Luck and hope to see ya in the HEAP!

Tom Prebelich Motorcity Mad Men

-- Tom Prebelich (preb@home.com), March 05, 2001.

Ken says,

Take a class, learn the safety issues first. Don't blow yourself up! On this show the most useful welder is the mig and in some cases the stick. Learn to use the cutting torch. I've been welding for 30 years and taught many people how. Some people pick it up really quickly, if you're determined it won't be that difficult.

Good Luck,

-- Ken Beidleman (Beetle, Art Attack) (june-ken@humboldt1.com), March 05, 2001.

The cource is an all day event...from 9A to 5P, and will cover cutting,torch, stick, and MIG.(and the safety issues)

they also offer a 5 week course expands on the one day intensive, and includes plasma cutting.

For that other show (Battlebots), i'd have to have TIG, for welding aluminium.

if i wanted to be an artist, i'd want a laser cutter. There are guys making precision fan guards (in patterns) for modded computer cases.

imagine making stuff out of laser cut parts...

-- Mighty Mik (mightymik2@home.com), March 06, 2001.

Go to: www.piggy-back.com You can see a forklift that is practically entirely made from laser cut parts. The material ranges from 1/32" to 1" thick...accuracy of +/- .010 of an inch on the cuts (who needs a drill?)...

-- Dan Denney (rustrenegades@hotmail.com), March 06, 2001.

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