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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Cool Springs Press (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589231392
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589231399
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Karen Ruth, an accomplished hobby welder, is also the author of Artisan Welding Projects.

Customer Reviews

This book gives you the basics of welding.
David Basham
Ex. setting up a mig welder with a shielding gas bottle but not telling the reader a rough estimate for what to set the regulator pressure at.
muckel
Lots of pictures but no practical steps on how to weld.
John L. Macfadden

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By John L. Macfadden on August 18, 2005
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Although the title indicates that the book describes welding basics, the book doesn't describe the basic techniques used to weld. Lots of pictures but no practical steps on how to weld. If you've never welded before, don't expect this book to teach you.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Konan on July 16, 2005
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Good colorful pictures to start off with. This book mostly explains about welding projects such as making a welding table and ornamental accents. Good book to buy for the first timer interested in welding. For the advanced I would skip on to another publisher.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Battelle on January 3, 2007
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My weld process of choice is Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW). Unfortunately, there is not nearly enough detail in this book to make it even marginally useful to SMAW welders. MIG, TIG, and Oxy/Acetylene are covered to far greater depth.

Since it was my own expectations that were not met, I went with a relatively neutral 3-star rating. This book might be just fine if your process is other than SMAW.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 16, 2004
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This book if filled with the basics of welding on a practical level. Things like: what your need, procedures, how to weld, and projects. The lavish photos and illustrations make welding much easier by comparing your weld with the book. I learned everything I know from this book, and when I welded my first time I failed....but now I'm much better. Practice makes perfect. Overall, a great book for the price!
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Peter H. Ripley Sr. on October 22, 2005
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This book covers the very low level basics and should be used by people who can not tell the difference between a straight blade screwdriver and a phillips screwdriver.

The book even walks you through plugging the machine in....if someone needs this kind of help they may want to go to a public library or even better....

Everything that is in the book is available free on the internet.

I would pass on this if I were a person needing practical welding help....and use the saved money on better welding consumables.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By scg on December 11, 2004
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The author tells you upfront that he assumes you already know welding and that this book is a refresher for those that have not done welding in some time. The photos alone are worth the cost - they are superb - the list of projects is excellent as well. This would not be the only book I'd own on welding but it sure would be one of them because a picture is worth a thousand words!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Toolman Joe TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 16, 2007
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I thought this book was worth reading. Yes, I've read the other reviews that said it was too simplified and for idiots but for someone who has never welded, or like me has not welded since high school, it covers the basics. It gives a good comparison of different technologies (Oxy, SMAW, MIG, TIG and plasma) the pros/cons of each. No, this book will not teach you how to weld like a pro but it is a good starting point if you want to learn about the various technologies or trying to decide what type of welder you want or need to get started. The Welder's Handbook (Finch) is also a good beginner's guide.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter Luckett on August 11, 2005
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Excellent book for beginners. Well written and illustrated. Covers all basic modes of welding and brazing. Invaluable for my TAFE NSW (OZ) course.
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