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What is Metal Fume Fever and How Can I Prevent It?

Can you recognize the signs and symptoms of Metal Fume Fever? Metal Fume Fever (MFF) is an occupational hazard where the inhalation of zinc oxide smoke causes welders to feel ill. It is more dangerous in welders with heart and lung conditions or multiple exposures. Prevention starts with regular testing of the air on the job and knowing how to …

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Welding Around Automotive Electronics

Welding is not all steel frames, bars, butt joints, angles and sheet metal.  Sometimes you have to work on projects where you’re welding in close proximity to sensitive electronic gear that for one reason or another, needs to stay right where it is while you weld.   A perfect example of this is automotive welding.  So in this situation, you might …

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Can Welding Hurt Your Dog’s Eyes?

Your dog is your best friend and constant companion. Always by your side whether sitting on the couch or driving to the store. But is it safe to take your dog into the welding shop with you? There is common awareness around the need for eye protection for humans when welding to avoid damage to the eye (due to the …

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Welding Overhead with the Correct Filler Material: Best Practices

What’s the best filler material for welding overhead? When welding overhead, the type of filler material isn’t necessarily a factor. You should always use the appropriate filler material for the type of welding and application you’re working on. Instead of simply changing out the filler material, adjust your techniques and/or welder settings as well to compensate for the change in …

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The Top 25 Reasons You Should Learn How to Weld

Why should you learn how to weld? The world will always need welders. Welding skills and the related working knowledge retain value in a variety of fields and applications. Knowing how to weld opens the door to a myriad of creative opportunities, the possibility to travel and set your own hours, and ultimately, professional success. Becoming a welder can be …

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How Do On/Off Welding Magnets Work?

Magnets are a staple of any welding shop. Whether you’re positioning pieces together for fusion or picking up stray shards of metal from around your workspace, having a magnet on hand can make many projects much simpler. A favorite among welders? The on/off magnet. There are many unique benefits to being able to simply flip a switch and ‘turn off’ …

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Are Welding Fumes Toxic?

The toxicity of welding fumes has been a matter of immense concern amongst welders, before inferring if they are indeed toxic, it will be essential to have a good grasp of their compositions and the mode of generation. Welding fumes refer to the solid metal suspended in the air which forms when vaporized metal condenses into tiny particulates. When this …

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What are all the types of casting defects?

Introduction Casting is a manufacturing process, in which hot molten metal is poured into a mold box, which contains a hollow cavity of the desired shape of the metal to be formed, and then allowed to solidify. That part solidified is known as a casting. Casting is a very versatile process and capable of being used in mass production of …

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Can You Reuse Casting Sand?

Sand casting is one of the oldest fabrication methods around, and it’s not hard to see why the technique has stood the test of time. Using sand has some definite benefits compared to other casting methods, such as plaster or die casting. One of the biggest perceived benefits of this method is that casting sand is reusable. This makes it …

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What to Consider When Setting Up Shop in Your Backyard

For avid welders, having an at-home shop is about as good as it gets. Some welders choose to set up shop in a garage or other storage-type space, others opt for the great outdoors. Backyard welding is a great option for welders tight on real estate, but still looking to work on project from the comfort and convenience of their …