In Reply to: Looking at welders posted by Andy B (MI) on August 18, 2016 at 11:13:58:
I worked in industrial construction for 40 years - 25 of it welding pipe. Here's my two cents worth. If you've never welded before, I would suggest looking for a Lincoln or Miller(Tbolt) Buzz box. Make sure it's AC/DC. Then use DC.
If your 'welding friends' are willing to look over your shoulder and tell you what your doing wrong and are of some help, great. If not, look for an AG class, vocational class, etc. So you can start out right.