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What Is Each Type of Welding Rod Used For?

One of the major problems that most beginner welders run into is that they are not familiar with what each welding rod is used for. This can be one of the frustrations in getting started in welding. However, I can tell you that even though I’ve been working in welding for quite a few years, there are certain substances that …

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Repairs Without Welding: Cold Metal Stitching

What is cold metal stitching and what is it used for? Cold metal stitching is used to repair cracked metal that cannot otherwise be mended via traditional methods, such as welding. The process of cold metal stitching implements specialized inserts that join the broken metal again across any cracks. You can use cold metal stitching to repair cast iron, cast …

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Which is Stronger: Forging or Casting?

Forging and casting are both manufacturing methods for metal parts. Most metal pieces you encounter spanning all kind of different sizes, industries, and applications are made using these two popular manufacturing processes. Which method you use depends on a variety of factors from level of intricacy and budget constraints to strength requirements for the final piece. Because forging bends solid …

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Can You Weld Something That Is Wet or Underwater?

Although it is a well-known fact that electricity and water do not go hand in hand, you can weld something that is wet. In fact, you might have heard of the term “underwater welding” in which the welding is carried out at high pressures underwater. However, you should note that this process is entirely different from the standard welding process. …

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How Long Can Welding Leads Be

Weld for long enough and you’ll probably find yourself in a situation where the item you need to weld is not easily accessible. There are times where you would love to just be able to unspool a couple hundred feet of lead instead of trying to drag that giant car frame just a little closer. While talking to other welders, …

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14 Essential Beginner Welding Tools You Have to Buy

If I want to start welding, which tools should I invest in? Beginner welders should purchase a quality welder, first and foremost. In addition, you’ll also need to buy supplemental tools, accessories, safety gear, and shielding gas. Despite the initial investment, it’s important to privilege quality over a cheap price tag when welding. As the saying goes, “You get what …

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Can Welding Wire Go Bad?

Welding wire, in general, goes bad after a period of time, but depending on the type of welding wire, there are various things to consider in order to prevent it and what to do with it if it does go bad. Various welding applications require different welding wire. However, like all things metal, welding wire can go bad if it …

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Why Welding Electrodes Are Coated

Electrodes are an essential component of arc welding. Each method utilizes its own unique type of electrode to achieve the arc necessary for fusion. Because of this, electrodes can look very different between types of arc welding. Within each electrode family are different variations specific to certain applications. For example, some electrodes are coated—each unique chemical mixture bringing different benefits …

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10 Advanced Projects to Help You Really Grow as a Welder

There are a lot of woodworkers out there that are trying to become more proficient at welding so that they can incorporate metal aspects into their builds. This could not only make your build stronger, but it can also bring an extra special aesthetic to whatever your building. Having said that, the best way to improve your welding skills is …

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What are Welding Clamps Used For?

It’s likely you’ll see welding clamps on any “must have” list for welders. They’re an absolute necessity, and it would be hard for you to complete any major project without them. Welding clamps temporarily hold two pieces of material together tightly so you can weld them together in alignment. They’re especially useful for large sheets and parts that would be …