MIG Welding Tips and Resources

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Marty Rice is a welding instructor at a high school career center in Texas and an honorary member of the Ironworkers Local 263. In this article from The Fabricator.Com Marty shares safety tips, answers to commonly asked questions, books and online resources for welding hobbyists and those just getting into MIG welding. This may also be a helpful review for those of you in advanced welding.

Photo courtesy of AlcoTec Wire Corp.
Photo courtesy of AlcoTec Wire Corp.

MIG welding tips and resources

By Marty Rice, Contributing Writer
April 11, 2005

Motorcycle- and hot rod-building shows on TV have put welding in a very positive light lately. In fact, Jesse James, the star of Discovery Channel’s “Monster Garage,” was named the American Welding Society (AWS) Welder of the Year because of his contributions to the trade. It’s nice to see welding in a good light after seeing it maligned for so long.

Over the years I’ve had a love/hate relationship with welding. I loved it when work and money were plentiful and the weather was nice. I hated it when there was no work to be found, I was broke, and when I was freezing or sweating my tail off.

Welding gets into your blood. It’s fun for both professional and hobby welders, and being a welder is like belonging to a club.


And be sure to check out the ever-growing MIG welding section over at Arc-Zone.com:

MIG Guns, MIG gun replacement parts (and more!)

MIG Nozzle cleaning stations, and

MIG Wire feeders and drive roll kits


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