I have read this before . I have also had a run in with brake cleaner . In a shop I worked in 15 years ago , the owner decided to try to clean a sticking choke and grabbed the wrong can , and sprayed the choke with the engine running and filled the shop with a thick cloud of white smoke . We all ran out and were lucky no one got sick .
I don't have a good answer and I'm in approximately the same boat. I have a 165A TIG setup and I've bought several of the books and haven't found one that i thought was better than what you can find on line at the manufacturer's sites (eg Miller, Lincoln, Hobart). Also especially "weldingtipsandtricks.com" which I just love but you have to kinda dig to find what you want; it's not a "course" or a "textbook". Also he makes it all look easy when for a beginner it's not.As a beginner that wants to learn to weld (mig or tig), what's the best method?
Unfortunately that last paragraph describes me; some experience propane soldering, but other than that my experience with gas is limited to making tea with natural gas....if you have any experience with gas welding. For those that have none, they will have to go the school route to understand how the metals acts and reacts.
I sent you a PM Paul with info about a welding contact in the Portland area.As a beginner that wants to learn to weld (mig or tig), what's the best method? I'd love to find a practical hands-on class aimed at diy/car enthusiasts, but at my local colleges can only find lengthy courses with strong acedemic focus geared towards people looking to become a certified welder as a profession.
Is a book or DVD with lots of practice a viable option? or if anyone knows somone in Portland, OR or Vancouver,WA area?
Thanks a lot