[quote=The Joker][quote="Bill The Grill Guy":2ov1nfb0]
Originally Posted by "The Joker":2ov1nfb0
Man, I wish I could weld...
All you need is a good grinder. The welds become better looking the more you grind.
LOL is right...... not to knock the effort people put into grinding on some beautiful custom jobs... but usually if you need to grind a weld just to make it look good.......then it's probably not a good weld. A good weld is a safe weld, all be it holding the lid hinge on the smoker that everyone stares at ......or the unseen welds under the trailer that hold the axle mounting perches in place.
That was in the list of some of the first things I was taught about welding.........If you NEED to grind your welds, you're not welding properly and they are probably unsafe welds.
Welding is extremely easy. People put undo stress on the thought that it's going to be this major undertaking of learning. If you have any patience at all you can weld, if you have any pride in what you do.......you can weld good. Granted there are a few things you should know if you are doing anything structural or even anything with thicker steels...... but it's almost common sense once you know what they are.....all and any information is readily available at any local library.
I'd encourage and help anyone to learn to weld..... my 7 year old son can already put as good a bead down as my 18 year old daughter. He's still a little shaky with the plasma cutter..... but he'll get it . But my 10 year old girl has absolutely no interest , I don't force them.... if they ask I let em'.