Top positive review
From zero to welding bliss in a week
Reviewed in the United States on January 23, 2019
I'm one of those handymen who late in life decided it was time to weld something ... anything ... just because I haven't before. I bought a welder, tried some welds and made a mess. I realized I needed to learn the basics in a logical order. This was the book for me!
The book covers the essential tools and safety procedures, before it even gets to the welding stuff. The beginning chapters are slow reading, but worth it! It filled in some blanks I didn't know I had and it was all good information. Also, it kept me from buying stuff I wouldn't need for now. The book paid for itself right there.
When he does get to welding it starts slow and manageable. The initial exercises seemed too simple, but really do lay a foundation you have to master first. Each exercise starts from previous knowledge and adds new techniques or information.
The writing style is clear and moves at a good pace. But even more important you can apply what he says when you have molten steel inches from your nose. The pictures and diagrams help build a mental image of what to do and what to expect. He describes a technique, shows a diagram from a top view and another diagram of a cross-section, then he gives you before/after pictures. Sure enough it happens just like he says. You really can learn to weld from a book.
I started to weld using youtube videos, but that doesn't work. The information you collect will be spotty. Some of the youtube welding channels are fantastic. However, as a beginner you are going to miss the whole picture by just watching a technique here and there. This book forces you to slow down and get all the information you need to start welding.
It's so much fun to setup the work pieces, try an exercise from the book, flip up the mask and exclaim, "Yup! You can teach an old dog to weld."