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Control of External Corrosion on Underground or Submerged Metallic Piping Systems/Nace Standard Rpo169-92, Item No. 53002 (Standard Recommended Practices)
Amazons price: $24.00 (ISBN: 9995707799) Paperback revised edition (April 1992)

Corrosion-resistant Piping Systems
by Philip A. Schweitzer
Amazons price: $175.00 (ISBN: 0824790235)
Hardcover

Review Comment: Booknews, Inc. , May 1, 1994
Provides a single source with which to compare the corrosion- resistant, physical, and mechanical properties of various piping materials. To this end, solid plastic piping systems, metallic piping systems, and miscellaneous piping systems such as glass, carbon, and clay are included. A section covering the materials of construction available for double-containment piping systems, as well as their design, use, and installation, is also included. Sections are also included on good piping design practice, which is necessary to maintain the corrosion-resistant properties of the piping material. The compatibility of each piping system is compared to a list of 180 of the most common corrodents. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Welder's Handbook : A Complete Guide to Mig, Tig, Arc & Oxyacetylene Welding
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by Richard Finch
Amazon's Price: From $6.00 (ISBN: 1557882649)
Paperback - 170 pages Rev&Updtd edition (February 1997)

Comments: Todd_Usher@Milliken.com from Greenville, SC , June 16, 1999.  5 out of 5 stars. Excellent beginner to intermediate reference. Definitely a "must have" for anyone starting out in welding or metal fabrication. I would strongly recommend reviewing this book prior to purchasing any welding equipment.

A reader from Seattle, WA , June 11, 1999.  3 out of 5 stars. Good overview of welding but too general. Finch does a good job of identifying and describing welding process and techniques. I would recommend this book to someone trying to decide what type of equipment to buy and it's capabilities. However, for specific process (i.e., MIG welding of aluminum) it is a little more general than I was hoping. Not much in the way of trouble shooting welding probems for each type of welding described.

A reader from Oklahoma, USA , May 26, 1999.  4 out of 5 stars. Excellent for beginner but error in describing Alclad. p.47, top left picture and section 'Aluminum Oxide'. All aluminum surfaces will oxidize unless protected by a film or chemical treatment. Alclad material has had a layer of some other alloy mechanically bonded to the surface of the core alloy. The layer varies from 1.5% to 15% of total thickness depending on the particular core alloy and product. The clad layer should not be removed as weldability of the product depends on the core alloy.

A reader from washington, dc , March 24, 1999.  5 out of 5 stars. Excellent resource,
great intro to oxyacetylene welding/cutting; handy tips to quickly improve proficiency; easy-to-read charts that will continue to be an invaluable reference; good detail on arc/mig/tig. the section on building jigs saved me much time and money. entertaining welding anectdotes interspersed throughout...finch refers to those who weld as WELDORS...satisfying book by a man who truly loves his craft.

Kent White (tinman@telis.org) Author of Aircraft Aluminum Gas Welding from Calif. USA , March 22, 1998. 4 out of 5 stars. Fairly thorough, practical. Despite a thorough job, his section on gas welding aluminum has errors. Hydrogen gained popularity over acet. during WW2 when acet was rationed to shipyards. Aircraft factories used either gas routinely. Antiborax flux has been notoriously unreliable for 8 yrs, now. The cobalt blue glasses are dangerous and have been superceded by the special TM Technologies safety-tested TM2000 lenses for 10 yrs. His steel welding information is very good, and well-researched.

cycotic@earthlink.net from New Jersey , March 19, 1998. 3 out of 5 stars. Good coverage of welding, but I have some concerns. Overall, the book was very informative and comprehensive on melting points and welding methods. I *do* have a problem with 2 points in the book. On page 65,the author mentions squirting WD-40 into the relief hole in a welded tube before riveting or WELDING it shut. WD-40 is a flammable liquid on it's own, in the presence of pure oxygen, it would burn violently. On the next page, the author shows a torch hanger to hang the torch "so you won't have to shut it off and relight each time you stop to adjust or setup your weld." While this may seem like a time saver, is it really worth it when your life could be ended should that torch fall out of the hanger and land on your hoses? With the exception of these two concerns, the book was well written and informative to the new welder.

A reader from AL , November 10, 1997.  4 out of 5 stars. Above-average. Good overall coverage of all types of welding. I was hoping for a more thorough coverage of arc welding, though. Text was clear and well presented.

Modern Welding
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by Andrew Daniel Althouse (Editor), Carl H. Turnquist, William A. Bowditch
Amazon's Price: From $5.93 (ISBN: 1566373301)
Hardcover - 779 pages 8 edition (1997)

Comments: MDELACUADRA@MERCURIO.CL from Santiago de Chile , March 6, 1999. 5 out of 5 stars. A good source of welding knowledge. Excelente la atención de Amazon. El libro: Muy bueno, es un compendio del arte de la soldadura que ayudará a cualquiera que desee introducirse en este campo. Contiene grán cantidad de información tanto de equipos como de procesos y técnicas. Desearía si que tuviese un poco mas de profundidad en el tema de la soldadura por resistencia del aluminio. Soy ingeniero mecánico, grán parte de mi trabajo tiene relación con soldadura y recomiendo de todas maneras leer este libro.

wgardner@compaq.com from the Blackstone Valley, Mass. USA , December 24, 1998. 5 out of 5 stars. All that I needed and much more than I expected
This book is essential for the novice (like me) because you get everything from instruction to reference material. It contains safety information, step-by-step instructions and reference material that a novice may never be able to find otherwise (such as recommended initial dynamic pressures for various tips and actual color pictures flames from different gas mixtures). There are some typos and it's a little tough finding certain things by index, but you should be reading the whole section anyway. You should certainly read this book before purchasing any equipment or performing any welding at all; it could save your paycheck, your project or even save your life!

Automating the Welding Process : Successful Implementation of Automated Welding Systems
by James M. Berge

Amazon's Price: From $18.35 (ISBN: 0831130512)
Paperback - 220 pages (August 1994)

Review: Booknews, Inc. , August 1, 1994
For readers familiar with operations but not necessarily with advanced engineering concepts, explains how to integrate automated welding into the manufacturing process. Lauds the advantages and warns of the necessity of automation, surveys the variables that must be accounted for, and shows how to estimate startup costs and calculate returns. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

World class manufacturers have achieved great success with robots and automated machines. Your competition is increasingly becoming more global, and automating your welding operations is not only feasible but it is also becoming more necessary. One day, automation will become essential for survival, and welding automation can be an important step toward prosperity. The benefits of automated welding are clear, but how to achieve them with minimum risk has, until now, been a carefully guarded secret. In Automating the Welding Process, James Berge provides all the information needed to fully understand today's automated welding machinery, techniques, and philosophies. Not only are these variables thoroughly explained, but you will also learn how to use this knowledge to estimate startup costs and calculate returns on robotic and automated machinery investments. Written for everyone interested in increasing welding output, quality, consistency, and safety, this book provides the principles that will allow you to optimize the performance and maximize the profitability of your system.

Handbook of Structural Welding
by J. F. Lancaster

Amazon's Price: $2.85 (ISBN: 0070316848)
Hardcover - 436 pages (April 1993)

Description: Modern welding processes must guarantee the performance and durability of everything from CPI equipment to truck cabs. Here are virtually all the information and guidelines engineers need to maximize the structural integrity and corrosion resistance of the full spectrum of welded materials. With state-of-the-art coverage of all welding processes-solid phase, fusion, high power density, and overlay techniques-the book also details the metallurgical effects of fusion welding, the behavior of welds in service, structural materials for pipelines and process plants, measurement pitfalls and control checks, and more! Special sections explain the behavior of individual metals, and alloys under varying conditions, there's information on controlling quality and hundreds of precise illustrations which clarify every key point. An indispensable hands-on reference and working companion for mechanical engineers and metallurgists.

About the Author: John Lancaster's career in metallurgy has spanned nearly fifty years and he is internationally acknowledged as one of the world's leading authorities in the field of materials and welding. His book serves as an invaluable reference for metallurgists, welding engineers and designers.

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