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ISBN-10: 0071763872
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About the Author

Don Geary is the author of more than 25 how-to books on a variety of shop and construction skills. He has written numerous articles that have appeared in Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Family Handyman, and other publications.

Rex Miller is Professor Emeritus of Industrial Technology at State University of New York—College at Buffalo, where he taught technical curriculums for more than 40 years. He has authored or coauthored more than 100 books for vocational and industrial arts programs, including Welding Licensing Exam Study Guide (McGraw-Hill).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 2 edition (March 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071763872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071763875
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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100 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Ryan A. Ricks on November 15, 2002
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There are so many books on welding that it is hard to figure out which one will be best for you, especially if you are a beginner.
One of the first things as a beginner is to start with oxyacetylene (gas) welding. The problem is that with most welding books, they try to focus on ALL welding forms and there is a lot of information that gets left out. For oxyacetylene welding, this is THE book. It's COMPLETE focus is on oxyacetylene. That's the bonus about this book, and it really comes across well for the beginner. If you don't know anthing about welding and want to start, buy this book! It's loaded with easy to follow instructions, practical tips, and great step-by-step procedures. It even goes into the physics and metals and thier properties in a down to earth, easy-to-comprehend way!
On the downside, the 10 easy-to-follow projects should have been chosen better because some are not applicable to the average welder (like a hay manger and farm gate).
Bottom line: When I read this book I was so pleased that I didn't put it down until I was finished. If you want to focus on oxyacetylene then this is the book for you.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By scg on December 11, 2004
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If you can afford only one book on Oxy Welding get this one, no make that two so you can have one in you toolbox and one to replace it when the one in your toolbox "grows legs" and walks off. This is "thee" book for the practical weldor and fits nicely into your toolbox. Read it, use it, take it with you where ever you go to work. The author is writing to you as your coworker not as an instructor or engineer though he is still showing you how to do it correctly and SAFELY.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By BC on July 13, 2008
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I bought this book on the strength of previous reviews and absolutely no experience at welding, brazing, silver-soldering, silver-brazing, sweat-soldering, or any other metal-joining skill beyond electronics soldering. It was a good choice. The author covers his subject thoroughly, clearly knows much more than he can pack into this book, and is able to present it all in an understandable fashion. There may be other books aimed at welding specialties that cover them in greater depth than this book does; this can tell you enough to let you decide whether you need more info or not. There is enough here to enable a neophyte to select, intelligently, the equipment required to accomplish whatever project he is considering. The rest is practice. The only thing lacking in the text is minor: a single color section demonstrating the differences in flames for different purposes. That information is carried by black-and-white line drawings in this book. They may be enough; I would feel a bit better-informed with a color photo (or illustration, for that matter).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karl Groves on July 10, 2010
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Pretty good beginner level information in this book. I like the focus on OxyAcetylene, because I feel every new welder should know OAW before other processes. The book has a good amount of illustrations in it, which I think are important for beginners. A lot that you do in welding and cutting with gas relies a lot on sights and sounds as you're doing it. For instance, you need to be able to see & recognize what the metal looks like when it is time to start moving the torch to create your weld or when it is time to add oxygen to your flame to begin a cut. Unfortunately, I don't think they did a good enough job with the illustrations in this book. A black & white piece of line art is only marginally better than nothing at all, in my opinion. Replace these illustrations with photographs and I'd give this book 5 stars.

Keep in mind, this is a beginner's book and really aimed mostly at hobbyists, not someone looking to make it a career (at least in the short term)
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dan on January 6, 2006
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I like this book a lot. Good information. One sentence annoys me though. On page 7 the author states, "Pure oxygen is flammable." This is a false statement. It made me wonder if he ever used an oxyacetylene outfit when I first read it. Who hasn't accidentally tried to light the oxygen first instead of the acetylene and found that nothing happens? Higher concentrations of oxygen increase the rate of oxidation/combustion but oxygen isn't a fuel, i.e., it isn't flammable. But pure oxygen makes things that are flammable more dangerous.

The rest of the books shows that he know what he's talking about on other topics.

I recommend the book. I couldn't find many books with so much information on oxyacetylene welding. I feel that I was lucky to find this information in a book that is also a well written book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Lewis on July 16, 2007
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For the novice only, Broad coverage of oxyaectylene welding and cutting, soldering and general information pertaining to various metals. Only a brief mention of arc welding though. 5 star rating only for those not interested in arc welding !!!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steven Farley on January 8, 2007
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When I purchased this book I had already scheduled a stick welding class at the local vocational school. I wanted something that would help me not seem like a total noob when I got there. This book helped out greatly! This is a very infomative book and provides a good overview of all welding types.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TolkienFan on July 31, 2013
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The first thing you need to know is this book is a SECOND edition. The first edition is also for sale here and they are pretty comparable in price...so if you want the latest version, this is it. For that reason, I will not link to the older version here. I just don't see a reason to do so when this new version is available and it is almost the same price as the older one. I have read both of them, there is little difference and certainly not enough to make owning both of them worthwhile. For those who need to know, this version (the second edition..) is apparently pointed more toward classroom instruction than the previous edition. That is to say it is designed so that it COULD be used for classroom instruction (not that it should..). One of the main differences is the inclusion of chapter review questions in this edition that were NOT in the first edition. After reading through the text and moving on through several chapters, I went back to the review questions for a couple of chapters...I could answer most of them, but some were a little obscure and required me to look back through the text. Not a bad thing at all.

Just a few quick notes here. This book is a very good primer for Oxyacetylene processes. That is what it was designed for and that is what it does well. I think everyone who aspires to be an accomplished welder needs to know how to gas weld.....as well as the other Oxyacetylene processes. All of the basics are firmly entrenched in traditional welding as practiced by wielders of the torch. All of the background is here as well as safety precautions and basic welding theory. This is where every beginning welder should start.
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