Okay, so a while back, I started a thread asking for info on which style of welding is commonly used because I was taking classes at my community college. Here: http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=712014&highlight=houston+community+college This week is my 3rd week and so far I like it. The school has naturally taught us how not to burn ourselves or the school. Last week we were introduced to Oxy/Acetylene cutting. This was my first time handling a torch. Needless to say, I learned that practice is VERY important. We learned how to set up the tanks and torch. When it came time to cut, that's where I gained more respect for you guys that know how to weld. We were tasked to cut through a 1/4" plate. Just a simple cut in a straight line. The instructer cut through like knife through butter. The class, however, produced nice GLOBS of molten steel that coagulated and prevented the cut going through. I could see the cut, but the melted steel collected in the cut and cooled. The instructer said I was going too slow and that made sence. Now, I know I'm just starting and I'll get better. I did feel good about working with the equipment, so I'm confident I made a great choice in learning to do this. The purpose of this thread is to get some tips, pointers and knowledge from you guys. Please feel free to post advise, photos or anything else that not only I, but others may use to get better at this. Thanks for all the past advise and encouragement. I'll post updates of my classwork as a journal of what's going on in the training environment. Photos, if possible. Tomorrow is my next class. I have it every Friday morning 7am to 12 noon.