Response to Emails!

Just a big thank you to all that have responded to the emails.

I really, really appreciate it.

Got some videos coming at you that you haven’t seen yet. 

Tig is going very well and I am almost finished. 

The videos being sent out at this time are the last of the crud trap series we did a couple of months ago.

After the tig will be some mig on pipe.

If you can weld pipe than plate is a breeze.

The plan after that is some more stick to finish out this portion of the course and then we will do 

some exotic metals like stainless.


About thewelderslens

I have been welding for over a quarter of a century(25 years). I am 43 years old and have a successful business, a beautiful family. I pastor a church as well. My hope in all this is to bring what I have learned to the forefront so others can get a huge head start. I have lived through it for you. Be thankful. Later. View all posts by thewelderslens

31 responses to “Response to Emails!

  • Tom Burgess

    Hi Michael,
    I’m not looking to take up welding as a job. I’m 67 years old still working part time as a paramedic which takes up two days of my week. My hobby is in model engineering where I’m building railway locos and rolling stock. I own both a 160 amp TIG machine that will also do stick welding and 150 amp MIG welder and I’m looking for techniques of welding with both these machines. At the moment I ether burn through thin plate or leave wire hedgehogs with the MIG welder. As yet I have not plucked up courage to start TIG welding. Have started a course at the local collage but the instructor states he is no welder and can only give basic instructions. Hoping may be able to TIG weld copper for boiler making one day.
    Tom Burgess (UK)

  • Don Crook

    looking forward to the new videos. However, my main interest right now (because of the work I do) is stick welding. Uphill and upside down is kicking my but and burning everything else. I salvaged a section of pipe 12′ long from one of our jobsights and plan to cut it up into 6″ wide pieces. I always like a little torch practice. Then weld it back together. love the videos so far and can’t thank you enough.

  • Michael

    Hi Tom,
    Thanks for your response. I can help in both those areas.
    I do all types of welding. I am just finishing up my tig welding
    videos and will start on the mig soon.
    Keep your eyes on your mailbox, I send out frequent emails and especially when a new video is produced.

  • luke o'mahoney

    Gidday Tom 🙂

    Lou from Australia here. Im a mature age apprentice and just stumbled upon your website and video series. Fantastic stuff I have learnt heaps already and really appreciate your presentation style. Some feedback i’d like to give is could u please number the web-videos you submit I just cant seem to work out which one to go to after your 1st Video!

    Anywaz guess i’ll work it out 🙂 Please keep up the great work Im looking foward to becoming one of your disciples 😉

    Regards AussieLou(TheWelder)

  • jimtheweldor

    yes I’m getting your e-mails

  • Jamie Schneer

    Have not had enough time to check all your stuff out. My background Weld schools in the Navy 2 and Hobart. Interested in combo weld. Just came off a job which built bio-diesel and ethanol processing equipment for plants. Tig stainless piping different sizes. Trying to get skill up to land job and make decent coin. Worked in manufacturing plants mig welding. Hated it no more of that. Trying to break into the skill welding combo. Thats what I’m into. Any knowledge in that many thanks.

  • justin buller

    hi michael I am a welder but i am just want to now more about pipe welding i went to college for welding but i don’t not learn that much about pipe welding i am very good welder put not very good on pipe can you do a video on up hill pipe welding and mig and tig keep up the good work

  • Eddie Campos

    Hi Michael, I actually stumbled upon your website on U Tube, I was looking for a more hands on approach to welding instead of ALOT of boring reading. I am 27 years old looking to get into the elevator constructors union. I already applied and am currently waiting for an interview. I want to get my welding cert. but I am not quite sure on which one I need for that particular trade. I also am currently working on a 65 chevy impala, and just wanted to improve my welding skills for body work and eventually doing work on the frame to install an air bag system. I currently own a Lincoln Electric Weld Pack HD 3200. I was looking into getting a bigger welder when finances permit, but again i do not know how big of a machine I need to weld my car frame or what brand is good.

  • AussieLou

    Gidday Michael

    Just wanted to congratulate you on the great work you are doing!……… inspiring to see you in action!

    In response to your e-mail Im a 2nd year apprentice Welder/fabricator with 1 year up in the shop (A Welding newborn 🙂 !

    Im presently working in a Fab shop that specialises in heavy construction do a lot of Mig n some fabrication work………..

    Im wanting to specialize in Tig all aspects of this kind of welding I guess to sum things up I really want to learn from you ………..what you know!

    As a beginner in Tig heres my 1st round of questions n information I’d really like to know:

    1. Advise on positioning
    – How do you hold the tig torch in position & out of position?
    – What advise would you give about holding a tig torch correctly any tips?
    – What advise would you give about positioning yourself when doing tricky welds eg: Overheads!

    2. Whats the best way to feed your filler rod? Are there different ways of holding the filler rod for different positions eg: vertical down, pipe, etc

    3. Setup advise how do you go about setting up your tig welds whats the most important setup advise you’d give?

    4. What kind of settings would you use when pulse welding any chance of a demo on when to use pulse n how to set it up?

    Anywaz theres a few ideas for starters I’m sure i’ll come up with more

    Cheers Lou 🙂

  • Don

    Really want to learn Tig. Have no welding experience but love to build.

  • A.Reneau

    Hi Michael, i,m very interested in pipe welding uphill , any tips or advice are greatly appreciated. Also i,m having trouble getting my settings right on my trailblazer 302. burns to hot on my root pass.

  • Steve Trumann

    Hi Michael, I’m what you call a farmer welder. I can put down a descent weld, just not as pretty. Mainly self taught. So the short story is I need to update my skills. Learn the little things I’ve been missing. I know very little about tig welding, but want to learn. The guys I work with won’t teach you very much, the old thing about keeping you from climbing the ladder. I work in Industrial Maintenance field, so everything you’re teaching applies. You’ve got a good sight, I like your style, I like your videos, but money is tight, buying them will have to wait. Also down hill welding seems to be taboo in my nick of the woods. What’s that all about. Keep up the great work. Thanks, Steve

  • Steve Trumann

    Great videos, I watched some of them on the other video players, they were pretty good. Your camera techniques are getting pretty good. I can actually see the welding better than I can through my own lense.Keep up the good work. Tjanks for the instruction, Steve

  • thewelderslens

    Hey Steve, thanks for your kind comments and encouragement.
    It really means a great deal to me.
    You may never know. Keep hanging in there. If you really want to learn
    the tig rig, you will eventually.
    The tig package I put together is very thorough and it will be around for some time I hope. I understand the tight money crunchy believe me.
    Downhill is not accepted everywhere. Some shun it, but it is under certain codes and acceptable all over the world. It just depends on what you are welding and under what code.
    Tell a pipe line hand to go uphill and he would laugh at you because downhill is all they do. It is faster that is why.
    Take care and look forwarding to hearing from you soon.

  • jay julian

    good day sir.,,,im a smaw student now….and i gotta say that i really learned a lot on what im reading on your articles …..
    sir, im kinda curious bout the three passes you mentioned…root,hot and cap passes….why are they called root, hot and cap…? what are the usual rod to use on those passes…?thanks a lot and more power to what you are doing….

  • thewelderslens

    Hey Jay,
    The root pass is the first pass of joining the metals together, ususally on a butt weld of either plate or pipe.
    It is the foundation of the weld just like the roots on a tree are the foundation of the tree.
    The next pass is the hot pass, which is usually a pass that covers the root with a bit more heat inorder to really burn the root
    in but yet without blowing the through that pass of the initial weld. There is sometimes what is called the fill pass next which will
    bring the level of the weld in the grove just flush with surface and then finally the cap. Which is the final weld capping off
    the entire process. The root on pipe is either accomplished with a fast freeze type rod like 6010 5P+++++ or Mig hard wire or Tig hard wire depending upon what process you are welding with. Then the fill would be with the same content the root was.
    The cap can be done with either the same rod all the way out or a stronger tencil strength rod like a 7018 or so.
    Hope this helps. I also have some DVDs on all of this at my site if you did not know that here is the site:

  • Terry

    Wondering if you plant to do a video on Flux Core Pipe welding which is much the same as MIG at least to me it is, but no gas.

  • thewelderslens

    Hey Terry,
    I don’t if I will do that.
    I can consider it if there would be enough response for
    an interest in it.
    I all honesty. My back is not doing well and as of now
    I am having a tough time doing much of anything
    real physical. I will send out an email in the future
    probably not until next month some time and ask
    all of my subscribers if anyone is interested in that type of
    welding. Thanks for your support.

  • Terry

    Also I would like to see a DVD on Oxyacetylene pipe welding (being a lost art now days)besides FCAW pipe DVD request and pose this to any subscribers if they would intetrested.

    I been in a situation were could not use arc and used gas to get the job done.

    My first instruction to pipe gas welding when I was 14 years old watching the local gas company replacing a 8″ line and the welder let me watch his work with my goggles doing backhand and forehand uphill and he tought me alot first hand and that was 37 years ago.

    Hope the back straightens out!!

  • Dan

    Hello Michael, just wanted to let you know, nice job on the tig pipe series. Ive been welding for about 22 years, mostly stick on pipe and some tig (tube welding) and I still learned a couple of techniques from your dvd’s that I did not know about. When I first started to watch the dvd’s I got finished with the 3rd dvd and I couldn’t wait anymore. I went into my garage, set up a pipe (5g 4″), set gap to 5/32, used 1/8 filler and shot the wire through the pipe as you instructed. I was able to put a pretty good root my first time utilizing the technique you showed on the dvd. It wasn’t perfect but with practice, I will get there. Im very happy with the dvd’s, keep up the good work, I will be looking foward to purchasing some more dvd’s in the future. (tig ss pipe, also walking cup on cap pass sched 80 2″).

  • thewelderslens

    Hey Hey,
    Thanks for your very encouraging comments.
    I am very thankful that I have been able to help
    people. I love that technique. Once you get that down
    you won’t want to weld any other way. It just makes putting
    in the root so much easier than trying to stuff it in
    from under the pipe. I do plan on doing some
    stainless vids in the very very near future. If you
    are not on my list of subscribers get on at my website
    and I can let you know easier when I get some more
    things rollin. I also now have available the 51 page
    book I wrote on TIG welding and its only 7.99 It is packed
    with stuff a TIG hand should now.
    Thanks again and take care.

  • Terry

    Played the Uphill/ Downhill & MIG DVD’s recieved 4 weeks ago and was very educational and to see how to correct problems that may develop and look for. Great job!
    Like to see Oxy pipe welding and perhaps FCAW down the road, but FCAW is about the same as MIG far as it goes and used more in the pipeline field with orbital machaines now.

  • Doug

    Guessing this is where you wanted me to reply, I do custom fabrication, and my weld skill have been self taught, with recent help with internet searches..what I’m tring to get to is mig and tig cert. in 6G so I was told would be my best bet in the field that I do, trde schools are way out of my budget so looking for any information that would be extremly helpful in doing the testing that is required…..Thank You Doug

  • thewelderslens

    Hey Doug,
    I have produced a bit over 6 hours of TIG footage and just over 2 hours of MIG on pipe but
    the MIG is not in 6G. I run simulated tests for these welding applications. Maybe you’ve
    seen some of the TIG footage on Youtube. You must already know about my website
    to end up here at my blog. If the videos are not in your budget I can understand.
    Anything I can do to help with any questions or what you might need help on please
    just send me a note here or at my email and I will get back to you. Thanks, Michael

  • Tim Marcy

    Hello Michael,
    My appologies for not replying sooner to your e-mail. I am a Varsity Basketball coach and we are just finishing tournament season and entering regular season. If you don’t mind, I will craft the answers to your questions in the next few days and post them here.
    I am very excited to learn this skill! I’m finishing a thirty year career as a Fireman, and want to build “things”, when I finally leave the Fire Service. I stumbled upon your site and signed up without really thinking about the season.
    I look forward to getting to know you as mentor and perhaps friend. I really enjoy reading your interaction with the other guys.
    Hope this will be a great year for you and for this project. Respectfully, Tim Marcy

  • thewelderslens

    Hello Tim,
    Thanks so much for your kind comments. Anything I can do to help you
    please don’t hesitate to let me know and I will do what I can for you.
    Lord Bless and hope to talk soon.

  • Rick

    You asked me in your last email to leave a blog on just what I want to learn, well I recently aquired an Arc welder at a seriously great price but I’ve never arc welded. I have substantial experiance in MIG welding but I know it’s a completely different world than arc/stick. Since I now have a nice arc welder I’d like to actually learn how to use it properly thanx.

  • thewelderslens

    Hey Rick,
    glad you got some things going for yourself. Sounds like you are excited about it. Anything I can do to help with questions of
    anything please let me know. Michael

  • Mike

    hi guys,
    my trade is iws – what means international welding specialist and i weld the three most commom technics of handwelding. im also train and teach people in the different welding technics and the theoretic stuff on a welding shool here in berlin germany. i also have the trade “schweißwerkmeister”
    it means as much as welding work master in english
    i prefer tig and stick welding and wanted to say that i really like your work here in the internet – i love it because i can get alot of interesting tips and i always want to better up my skills. i watch often videos from you at shool with my students because i like the style – short but good. and i like to share experiences of the trade,

    best regards – mike
    by Mike May 16, 2010 at 9:55 am Your comment is awaiting moderation.

  • joe

    Greetings Michael,
    Just happened on your site and have not had a chance to check it out too much but I like what I’ve seen so far. Noticed you are in cody wy, you out of 192? I am a 525 hand from las vegas, originaly from cheyenne. Been working at a cogen just outside of town welding the high energy piping. Mostly carbon, p 11,22, and 91. Very little stainless but that is what I really want to dial in. I am profecient with the stainless now but a nice job at a dairy or brewery would be ideal to really get good, keep my ears open on that. And of course I am always open to any tips or tricks a fellow welder has to offer. Looking forward to hearing from you and checking out your new videos. Thanks Joe

  • thewelderslens

    Hello Joe,
    great to hear from you. I was out of Local 28 (Boilermakers) in New Jersey originally but moved to Louisiana and transfered my book to Local 79 which folded up and so on and on. I don’t live in Wyoming anymore. I just moved back to Lake Charles, L.A. which is where I am from originally. I am sorry to say I did not do any Stainless in my videos. I had plans to but my back is shot. I sold all of my equipment and made a life change. Still doing the welding site as my main source of outreach but I went back to college for web development and graphic design. If there is anything I can do to help you please let me know. Thanks for your kind words and encouragement.

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