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Welding Instructional Books

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There are a number of instructional books that cover a wide range of welding topics.  A good welding book can be a priceless reference manual for you to keep in your shop or office.  Here is some information about a few of the more popular and highly-rated instructional books.

1.  Welding Essentials: Questions & Answers (Expanded Edition)

By: William L. Galvery Jr. and Frank M. Marlow

480 pages, published in 2001

This book makes welding easy for beginners to understand and also works as a handy reference material for established professionals. 

It is written in a straight-forward question-and-answer format.

Welding Essentials addresses numerous safety hazards and required precautions a welder must take and describes solutions to common problems for each process.  It also carefully explains step-by-step the setup and shutdown procedures, which is important for any new welder as a forgotten step in either of these procedures can result in injury.

This expanded edition includes a new illustrated chapter on fabrication and repair tips.  It also introduces the beginning welder to information on weld inspection, welding symbols and qualification and certification issues.

More than 300 illustrations throughout this book work to clarify and explain every subject covered.

You can purchase this book here on Amazon.

2.  Welding Basics 

By: Karen Ruth

144 Pages, published in 2004

This book is aimed at the beginning to intermediate level home welder or anyone who wishes to use welding to repair or create objects around their home. 

While there is an overview of welding basics, such as information on materials, metal forming, and safety, the main focus of this book will be on following the step-by-step how-to instructions to create beautiful and useful home items.  Some of the plans in this book will teach you how to create simple shop furniture, a baker's shelf, an arbor, a garden gate, and a garden bench.

This book helps you make items that are expensive to buy but easy and fun to make.  If you’re a home hobbyist or a welder looking to create some items for your own home or for gifts, this book is perfect for you.

This book can be purchased here on Amazon.

3.  Welding: Principles and Applications (Fifth Edition)

By: Larry Jeffus

904 pages, published in 2002

While this book is a little on the pricey side, it is well worth the money for both the size and content.  It is practically a college course on welding.

This book covers everything from basic concepts of welding to today's most complex welding technologies.  Each section begins by introducing readers to the materials, equipment, setup procedures, and critical safety information they need to know to successfully execute a specific process which is described in the section.  Specific welding tasks and must-know techniques are discussed and the reader is encouraged to practice the tasks and work through them in order.

Topics are comprehensively covered and range from specific welding processes to welding metallurgy, metal fabrication, weld testing and inspection, joint design, and job costing. 

Objectives, key terms, review questions, lab experiments, and practice exercises are included in every chapter to help you develop the skills required for being a successful professional welder.

This book can be purchased here on Amazon.

While these are a few of the better welding books you can purchase in print, never underestimate the vast amount of free knowledge available on the internet today.  Free book and pdf websites will have free welding manuals for you to read or download. 

Ed C.


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