Tag: How To

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • 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 Intermediate Projects to Really Help You Grow as a Welder

    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…

  • The 10 Best Welding Projects for High Schoolers

    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…

  • The Top 10 Welding Projects for Kids

    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.…

  • 6 Types of Welds and When to Use Each

    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…

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

    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…

  • Can Welding be a Career?

    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…