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    Question TIG welding C&G course - stainless or ali preference?

    Howdy,

    popping along to a local place of learning this week as they have various C&G courses in mig and tig welding.

    I can already mig weld upside down in jeans n t-shirt leaning against a bucket of water so don't need that.

    Quite interested in the tig course and you can have a preference of welding in stainless or ali

    As a time served (in another life) sheet metal worker ali welding has always been the holy grail.
    Knew a welder who could gas weld thin ali with minimal use of welding rod

    Anyhoo, what do you think is best to get the gist of, with a leaning towards the commercial world of fabrication/restoration?
    (it's not a beginners course so should be able to get a march on).

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    I've tig welded for 15-20 years and to be honest although i have an ac/dc machine i find that if most of what you want to do is car related you'll find that only around 10% of it will Be AC/ali welding,(saying that i did an ali welding Job for a mate last night)
    And yes as you say ali welding is much harder than DC/ mild & stainless welding,
    I'd personally go for the stainless/dc course which i'm guessing will cover mild steel also,
    Learn to walk first on dc welding then follow on to ac later?
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    Having used (and paid for) epic quantities of Argon shielding gas whilst practising Ali welding on sheet since upgrading from a DC only TIG to an AC/DC plant some years ago, I would go for the Ali option.

    My experience was that it really is a different level of difficulty as against DC work on steel and stainless. IMO the experience of using a foot pedal or slider current control on Ali will still be useful on steel and stainless work.
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