Tag: MIG

  • Welding Positions and Types: A Quick Guide

    Welding Positions and Types: A Quick Guide

    What are the different welding positions and what special considerations are there for each type? The American Welding Society defines four welding positions. The plane of the weld, as well as the type of weld required, defines a welding position. A pairing of numbers and specific letters denote a weld position. The numbers 1-4 denote…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Why Welding Electrodes Are Coated

    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…

  • 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…

  • Why is Aluminum So Difficult to Weld?

    Why is Aluminum So Difficult to Weld?

    Aluminum is quickly becoming a popular choice of metal in fabrication. It’s lightweight, non-corrosive, and visually appealing, making it the perfect material for many projects. However, many of the very same properties that make aluminum a great option for fabrication are also reasons it can be difficult to work with. While it may be tempting…

  • 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…

  • 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 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…

  • What are the Different Types of Welding?

    What are the Different Types of Welding?

    What are the Different Types of Welders? There are several different types of welders available for purchase, and it’s important to understand what type of welder will best suit your needs. Certain welders work better on specific types of jobs and with different materials. The four basic types of welding are: MIG Welding TIG Welding…