Tag: welding

  • What Are Dimes in Welding?

    What Are Dimes in Welding?

    What Are Dimes in Welding? If there ever was a signature weld, it would be the “stack of dimes” weld. A pretty stack of dimes says, “This welding job was done by a pro.” What are dimes in welding? The “dimes” in welding are the hardened, round puddles of metal and filler created during the…

  • There’s a Hole in Your Table, Dear Welder

    There’s a Hole in Your Table, Dear Welder

    Do you want a welding table with holes? Holes intentionally placed within the structure of a welding table serve quite a variety of purposes. These holes can be of any shape and/or size, really, and are meant to either help hold a tool or work piece that is being welded. Welding tables are useful both…

  • Quick Guide to Welding Your Engine Block: A Mechanic’s Hail Mary

    Quick Guide to Welding Your Engine Block: A Mechanic’s Hail Mary

    How can you successfully repair a cracked engine block by welding it—and is it actually possible? Repairing a cracked engine block via welding first requires proper diagnosis. Given the engine block can be repaired by welding up the crack, certain precautions must be taken to ensure success. There are a variety of methods used in…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • Are Welding Fumes Toxic?

    Are Welding Fumes Toxic?

    The toxicity of welding fumes has been a matter of immense concern amongst welders, before inferring if they are indeed toxic, it will be essential to have a good grasp of their compositions and the mode of generation. Welding fumes refer to the solid metal suspended in the air which forms when vaporized metal condenses…

  • What to Consider When Setting Up Shop in Your Backyard

    What to Consider When Setting Up Shop in Your Backyard

    For avid welders, having an at-home shop is about as good as it gets. Some welders choose to set up shop in a garage or other storage-type space, others opt for the great outdoors. Backyard welding is a great option for welders tight on real estate, but still looking to work on project from the…