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Do you know the old saying: “having the right tools makes a job easy?” Well, a big part of having the “right tools” is making sure the tools in your arsenal are in proper working order, so when you step up to do a job, your tools actually work. And as unexciting as it may be, this means keeping up with regular maintenance. This is especially important when it comes to your welding machine, as improper, incomplete or totally neglecting maintenance can not only result in equipment failure but also lead to serious safety hazards including severe injury or even... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2012 at Welding Resources and Tips
If you’re a veteran welder with years of experience in the welding trade, your practical knowledge and expertise represents a goldmine opportunity to earn great money by publishing your own welding eBook. Skilled Trades Welders As you’re probably aware, the demand for skilled trades workers, especially welders, is on the rise, due to a shortage of skilled labor in the construction, manufacturing and industrial fields. New and beginning welders currently pursing welding careers are by and large enrolled in some type of welding education program, but they’re always seeking additional resources; especially when it comes to learning unusual or unique... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2011 at Welding Resources and Tips
So what does it mean to be a certified welder? Sounds like a fair question, especially if you’re interested in becoming a certified welder, because the answer seems to depend upon who you ask. In short, being a certified welder means you hold a certification (as in an official printed certificate) certifying you have the ability to produce welds according to accepted standards, formally prescribed in writing. Picture Credit: Definition of a Certified Welder The governing powers in the welding trade have published a definitive series of procedures dictating the method by which various welds are to be executed.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2011 at Welding Resources and Tips
When you’re out in the field (which could be anytime in your life when you’re not working in the shop, whether you’re on or off the job), you never know when and where you might need to do some emergency welding. Let’s say you’re into 4-wheeling on off-road trails and you break an axel or some other element vital to your vehicles operation. With a few key items, you can rig a make-shift welding set-up that can handle many basic welding repairs and help you avoid becoming stranded in the wilderness. Basic Tool Kit Three batteries (carrying a back-up battery... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2011 at Welding Resources and Tips
Welding especially large and thick pieces of plate metal presents some unique challenges. Typically speaking, joining metal plates or pipes that are more than a foot thick requires intense heat, in a strong concentration, to achieve a solid and sound weld. Welding in this manner, however, can yield several undesirable results, all of which can ruin the overall weld. The following is a list of several chief problems encountered in welding large and heavy pieces of metal: High Shrinkage Strains – Occurs when one section of a weld cools and contracts, while another section is still super-heated High Restraint –... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2011 at Welding Resources and Tips
Basic Composition of Steel When you break it down to its raw essentials, steel is really just iron and carbon. There's usually a few other elements, in trace amounts, thrown in for good measure (or to achieve a specific goal, i.e. adding chromium or nickel to create corrosion resistant stainless steel). The amount of carbon determines the difficulty of welding a particular grade of steel. Cast iron, containing the highest carbon content, is a full 3% carbon, and the most difficult to weld. Low carbon steel is usually about .03% carbon (technically speaking, steel should never be less than .03%... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2011 at Welding Resources and Tips
Do you want to be a welder? Are you into scuba diving? Well, there just may be an ideal career choice for you: Underwater Welder. If you're reading this Blog, the odds are probably pretty good that you're already a professional welder, or at least interested in the trade. Diving may be a different story, but with the prevalence of deep sea oil and gas drilling, and the increasing development of maire infrastructure, underwater welders are becoming more in-demand by the day. A Welder and a Diver An underwater welder is not just a professional welder, an underwater welder is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2011 at Welding Resources and Tips
Steel comes in many flavors and varieties, all of which can be classified by a number of different methods, but the most common of theses method is based on chemical composition. This method is generally a measurement of a particular type of steel’s carbon content, or the alloy elements (other than carbon) included in the overall composition. Carbon Steel Basic composition: Iron | Carbon | 1.65% Manganese| .6% (or less) Copper | trace amounts of silicon, sulfur and phosphorus (sulfur and phosphorus are considered impurities and should no more than .05% of the total composition) The carbon steel family include... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2011 at Welding Resources and Tips
Welding is a dynamic career field that offers a number of unique specializations, with many exciting work opportunities. Welding is one of the most highly sought after and high-paying skilled trades, with positions available in a variety of industries including construction, heavy industry, manufacturing, shop-building and other welding specific jobs such as underwater welder, certified welding inspector, welding technician and more. And whether you’re interested in working outdoors or inside, traveling, or staying close to home, a career in welding covers all your bases. If you’re interested in a real career with a definite future, and the opportunity to make... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2011 at Welding Resources and Tips
Gas Cylinders: Oxygen & Acetylene Oxygen is pressurized in tanks at approximately 2220 pounds per square inch (PSI). Oxygen tanks have a valve and are always covered by a safety cap (by which you should never lift the tank). Oxygen tanks include a safety value to relieve pressure, should the tank become over heated. Always store and transport oxygen tanks upright. Acetylene is an extremely unstable gas, and cannot be pressurized above 15 psi. Therefore, to pressurize acetylene to 225 psi (the pressure required to bottle the gas), a tank is filed with porous materials to stabilize the gas, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2011 at Welding Resources and Tips
All forms of arc welding use electric current to generate the intense levels of heat necessary to weld metals together. You don’t need to be an electrician to understand the process, but the greater your knowledge, the safer and better off your welding will be. A Quick Science Lesson Electric current is created by the flow of electrons from a high electron concentration (positive charge) to a low electron concentration (negative charge). The flow of electricity though a conductor generates heat, the level of which is based on the amount of resistance offered by the conductor. An arc welder discharges... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2011 at Welding Resources and Tips
Selecting the right type of metal is imperative for the success of any welding project. Using the right metal for a particular job is just as important as using the right tools. The following is a basic list of the typical shapes and sizes of metal you’ll encounter in many welding projects. Rectangular and Square Tube Typically used for structural framing, trailers and furniture construction, Rectangular and Square Tube Metal dimensions are measure by width, height, wall thickness and length. Rail Cup Used for making handrails, Rail Cup dimensions are measured by the overall width and the widths of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at Welding Resources and Tips
In the course of action through your career as a welder, you will frequently find yourself in situations that require you to weld metals that are in less than pristine condition, having sustained a fair amount of wear-and-tear through many years of use. The result of welding on dirty/rusty metal. Image Source: When you're called upon to make repairs out in the field, you're often presented with rusty, dirty, and greasy metals, not to mention metals that are completely covered with paint. Odds are you will find some combinations of these conditions (and sometimes all of them at the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2011 at Welding Resources and Tips
Flash Burns are an injury to the eyes that occurs when you look at the ultra-bright light created by a welding arc, without the protection of shielded welding goggles or a shielded welding mask. Flash Burns can cause your eyes to tear and water uncontrollably, blur your vision and create spots in your vision, in addition to creating an overall feeling of discomfort with your eyes, and some pain. Flash Burns can also make your eyes very sensitivity to light. Staring at the Sun The intense “flash” of a welding arc is actually ultraviolet light (yes, the same light radiating... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2011 at Welding Resources and Tips
Imagine you just finished up a day on the job, welding Galvanized Steel. You head home, shower up, and grab a beer as you settle in to watch the game on the tube. But then you start to feel kind of gross. Your legs start to ache, you become really thirsty with a blazing dry throat, and you start coughing and become congested, shivering all over. Things get worse from there as you spike a fever, feel nauseous and start throwing up. At the height of this two-day nightmare ride, you even hallucinate and experience convulsions. Is this the worse... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2011 at Welding Resources and Tips
Welding ranks among the most in-demand and well paid skilled trades, and there is no doubt welding can be a lucrative career. You can make an excellent income and live a great life as a welder. These rewards, however, come with a price. Welding is serious business and has the potential to be a very dangerous trade. Ultimately, a successful career in welding comes down to one thing: SAFETY. And the mantra of a good welder is always: Safety First! Whether you have 10 years on the job, or are brand new to the trade, you can still be careless... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2011 at Welding Resources and Tips
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