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What do Hose Colors Mean When Welding?

I reme,ber the first time I had a torch in my hands. I turned on the gas, struck some sparks and a little blue flame slickered into life. Magic. But how did that happen. What was coming from those tanks. And what did these colors mean? They came in a variety of colors, and I did not know if that …

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Why Do Welds Crack?

What are the major causes of cracked welds? A weld will crack most often due to improper welding techniques before, during, and after the welding process. Common causes of cracking include inadequate preparation of the work piece, poor part fitment, inaccurate welder settings, and contaminated filler materials. There is good news, however. Many, if not all of these issues can …

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5 Beginner Projects For Woodworkers To Get Started With Welding

While some schools attempt to get their students into welding at an early age, not every curriculum is looking to teach students trades like this. Many schools have woodworking programs that tend to appeal to a good portion of the students, but welding is not something that is typically taught along with it. Having said that, knowing how to weld …

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5 Intermediate Projects to Really Help You Grow as a Welder

There are a lot of woodworkers out there trying to incorporate welding and metal work into their builds. This lends a certain aesthetic to any project you are working on, so who knows, maybe you’ve already dabbled in this before. If you have done this before,  then the likelihood is you found some projects that suited you as a beginner. …

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The 10 Best Welding Projects for High Schoolers

While you may think that they should start teaching kids at an earlier age, many high schools have a welding program to help the kids start learning trades as they get older. High school students are more capable of understanding the ins and outs of the more labor-intensive projects. Since many times they do start teaching kids about Middle School …

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The Top 10 Welding Projects for Kids

There has been a lot of discussion over the last few years about when you should start teaching your child how to work with metal. Some people say they should wait until High School, however, the earlier you start a kid learning something like this the better. Children tend to learn better at younger ages. Their brain is a sponge …

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6 Types of Welds and When to Use Each

What are the 6 types of welds and when should you use each type? Officially, there are 5 types of weld joints: butt, T-joint, lap, edge, and corner. However, many might consider tack welding to be a sixth—and very useful—type. The type of weld joint necessary depends on many factors, least of which is the amount of stress the weld …

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What are the Types of Weld Joints and Which is the Strongest

For all the years that I’ve been welding, one of the debates that I’ve always heard discussed was which welding joint works the best and which one is the strongest. This is an important discussion because if you use the wrong kind of joint on the wrong project, it can weaken the whole thing. This of course also depends upon …

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Can Welding be a Career?

You might be asking yourself, are welding jobs really in demand? Welders are always need, in a variety of fields. There are many welding careers available, some requiring certifications. Pay starts around $20,000 and some positions may even pay into the six-figure range. You don’t need a college education to become a welder. If you want to know more about …

What are the Different Types of Welding Gases

What types of gases are used when welding? Welding requires the use of a variety of gases. Some welding gases can be used purely, while others are mixed with one or more gases to create a combination. Welding gases vary in cost and application. If you’re interested in learning more about the types of gases used in the many welding …