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    Where do you weld?

    Not too far off topic with this question I hope:
    Where do you do your welding?
    Outside? Separate building away from house? Garage? I would like to take a similar course as the OP and get started, but all I've got is an attached garage, and snow outside 1/2 the year.


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    I agree, this is worthy of a thread by itself.

    I weld in my shop. Just be careful of the fire hazard.
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    Depends, Mig makes a lot less smoke than stick welding. I wouldn't really recommend stick welding in an attached garage if you are married. In any case a good exhaust hose/fan is worth considering for your own health if you plan to stick weld very much. Be very careful with flammables. All types of welding requires a shield of inert gas around the arc. If you weld outside you need wind shields. - a retired pipe welder
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    Basement/Garage and outside.
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    I have my welding equipment setup in the garage on a small section of wall between the two garage doors. For the most part I end up welding in the driveway right in front of the garages but if the weather isn't cooperating I just open the doors and weld inside the garage. If it's really cold, I do all the setup with the doors closed and then open them for the actual welds.
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    Fair weather welder, my welding table is in back of my shop outside.
    My shop is too dang crowded to weld inside.

    Always figure the absolute max size you will ever need for a shop, than double it.
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    OUTSIDE for me. Flux core MIG (oxymoron) and stick. I have one of those Miller portable welding tables. With that and my generator I take the sparks to where the work is. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    OUTSIDE for me. Flux core MIG (oxymoron) and stick. I have one of those Miller portable welding tables. With that and my generator I take the sparks to where the work is. :-)
    How big is the welder and the generator? Do you see any disadvantages to the setup like undue wear and tear in the generator or poor welds from the welder?

    My welding mentor told me that seperate welder/granny setups were ill advised and that if I wanted to go that route to get a welder generstor combo like a Miller Bobcat or the like as they were built and tuned to that duty whereas individual machines were not which would only lead to problems with one, or both 😬
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    Quote Originally Posted by balrog006 View Post
    How big is the welder and the generator? Do you see any disadvantages to the setup like undue wear and tear in the generator or poor welds from the welder?

    My welding mentor told me that seperate welder/granny setups were ill advised and that if I wanted to go that route to get a welder generstor combo like a Miller Bobcat or the like as they were built and tuned to that duty whereas individual machines were not which would only lead to problems with one, or both
    Good questions.

    I am a home user and do occasional repairs and a small fab job now and then. I have a 110V Hobart Handler 140 MIG and a Longevity 250A inverter-based stick welder. Most of my welding is via AC mains. However, I have done a fair amount of stick welding using my Honda 6500W inverter generator with the inverter stick welder. I can get right around 200 amps of stick before my generator starts to complain. This is more than adequate for the thickness of material I am usually dealing with. I noticed no difference in my stick welder when using it on the generator.

    I would not advocate this setup if you weld a lot. For me, not having a shop, it works fine. I do not require much duty cycle.

    I do mostly stick work because my Handler 140 is very inadequate. I bought it back before I had a 220V line and it worked fine for a few projects but I need a real MIG welder that runs on 220V.

    I've been looking at a portable multi-process machine. Something like the Miller Multimatic or ESAB Rebel. That would give me 110/220V stick/MIG/TIG in something I can easily carry around when needed.
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    Garage or outside, when in the garage I use a fan to vent the fumes. In winter like above I do all my setup with the door closed then open about a foot with the fan pulling the air out when do the actual welding.

    I've got a bullet heater so I can heat the garage back up after I close the door pretty quickly.
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