Tag: basics

  • What Is Cold Shut In Casting

    What Is Cold Shut In Casting

    What Is Cold Shut in Casting? You broke your 3/4-inch crescent wrench trying to loose that fitting on some stubborn, rusty old plumbing.  Let that sink in for a moment.  You broke a 3/4-inch crescent wrench.  Sure, you really put your back and shoulder into it to add extra torque, but the wrench shouldn’t break…

  • Strike it Rich: How a Welding Arc is Produced

    Strike it Rich: How a Welding Arc is Produced

    How is a welding arc produced? In welding, the electric current travels between the electrode and the ground, creating an arc. This process is essentially like a miniature lightning bolt. The purpose of the arc is to melt the base metals together, fusing them in a bond. As a result, part of the metal is…

  • Welding With a Car Battery and Coat Hanger: How it’s Done

    Welding With a Car Battery and Coat Hanger: How it’s Done

    How can you weld with a car battery and a coat hanger? Using the battery as a power source and the coat hanger as your filler rod, you can successfully weld. However, it’s better to link more than one battery together. This will allow you to achieve the proper amount of amperage needed to start…

  • Can Welding Hurt Your Dog’s Eyes?

    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…

  • Welding Overhead with the Correct Filler Material: Best Practices

    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…

  • The Top 25 Reasons You Should Learn How to Weld

    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.…

  • 14 Essential Beginner Welding Tools You Have to Buy

    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…

  • What is the Hardest Form of Welding?

    What is the Hardest Form of Welding?

    Introduction Welding can be a tedious process, and if you master the skills of welding, you will become better and better at it. In this blog post, I will start by talking about why TIG is the hardest form of welding and then talk about various forms of welding. Also, I will provide tips and…

  • Are Welding Fumes Poisonous?

    Are Welding Fumes Poisonous?

    In the years I have spent fusing metals together in my workstation, the wispy white smoke produced during the welding process was something I was accustomed to. When subjected to a high heat, any material produces smoke on combustion; metals are no exception. In welding, metals are subjected to very high temperatures till they reach…