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  • 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.…

  • What do Hose Colors Mean When Welding?

    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…

  • Why Do Welds Crack?

    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…

  • 5 Beginner Projects For Woodworkers To Get Started With Welding

    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…