By: Weld.com Crew on April 8th, 2020

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The Welding Student's Guide to Practicing During COVID-19 Lockdown

Welding and Fabrication

It's been weeks now since trade schools have been closed from COVID. Educators are struggling to move forward with classes and welders want to keep their skills sharp. But how?   


Imagine waking up to another day of the "new normal" to 247 unread messages in your DMs.

247! In a matter of hours.

That's what we woke up to last week when schools and businesses started to shut down, and believe it or not, that was just the beginning. Over the past week while putting together this live broadcast we've received over 2,000 messages and emails. Every one of them was one of two questions:

"I'm a welding student. How am I supposed to practice if I can't weld?"

or

"I'm a welding instructor. How am I supposed to teach my students how to weld with out lab time?"

There's no easy answer. What can you do to keep your skills sharp while you're waiting at home? We've come up with 3 simple ways to practice welding at  home without a power source:

1. Walk the Cup

You don't need a power source to burn muscle memory into your brain. That's especially true when it comes to walking the cup. Amazon is still shipping, so if you don't have a TIG torch, buy one! Once you get it, set it up and start walking the cup. 30-40 minutes a day is all it takes. If you need some helpful tips on getting started, here's a quick tutorial:

 

2. Feeding tig wire

If you're in welding school you should have a piece of filler wire with you at all times anyway, but just in case. you don't we have you covered. Go in your pantry and grab a piece of linguine.

BAM! 1/8" TIG  wire.

Want to give yourself a little challenge? Grab some angel hair.

BOOM! .045" filler.

No matter where you're at, make sure you have that filler in hand. Once schools open again, you'll be 2 steps ahead if you can already feed filler wire.


 3. YouTube

If you're reading this article, chances are you already follow us on YouTube. If you're all caught up with Weld.com, there are tons of other high quality channels you can subscribe to. Here are a few that we recommend and support:

WeldTube 

Welding Tips and Tricks 

The students that choose to take this time to advance their knowledge are going to be ahead of the game once schools do open back up. Try out some of the tips recommended above and let us know what else you're doing to stay sharp.

As always, let us know what you want to see on the channel and until next time, make every weld better than your last.