Tag: welding

  • Repairs Without Welding: Cold Metal Stitching

    Repairs Without Welding: Cold Metal Stitching

    What is cold metal stitching and what is it used for? Cold metal stitching is used to repair cracked metal that cannot otherwise be mended via traditional methods, such as welding. The process of cold metal stitching implements specialized inserts that join the broken metal again across any cracks. You can use cold metal stitching…

  • Which is Stronger: Forging or Casting?

    Which is Stronger: Forging or Casting?

    Forging and casting are both manufacturing methods for metal parts. Most metal pieces you encounter spanning all kind of different sizes, industries, and applications are made using these two popular manufacturing processes. Which method you use depends on a variety of factors from level of intricacy and budget constraints to strength requirements for the final…

  • Can Welding Wire Go Bad?

    Can Welding Wire Go Bad?

    Welding wire, in general, goes bad after a period of time, but depending on the type of welding wire, there are various things to consider in order to prevent it and what to do with it if it does go bad. Various welding applications require different welding wire. However, like all things metal, welding wire…

  • Do Welding Rods Go Bad?

    Do Welding Rods Go Bad?

    Welding projects cannot be completed without welding electrodes, and in order to produce quality welds, your rods must be in good condition. Electrodes can go bad relatively easily, so it’s important to know how to care for the electrode to not only preserve shelf life, but also to avoid weld defects from using a damaged…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…