Welding tips for beginners
- ‹ Prev
- Next ›
- slide 1 of 7
If you have little or no welding experience but have metal repairs to do, MIG welding is recommended because of its semi-automatic process.
MIG welding is great for beginners because once you pull the trigger on the gun, everything else happens automatically. Therefore, the operator just needs to concentrate on moving the gun along the joint they’re welding.Date Published: April 2, 2015Date Updated: April 2, 2015
When joining metal together, you need to know what you’re working with.
The two most common types are steel and aluminum. If a magnet attaches to it, then it’s steel.
To tell if it’s aluminum, you can run a file across it to tell if it’s a softer metal. Usually, that means aluminum.Date Published: April 2, 2015Date Updated: April 2, 2015
It is very important that you wear protective, heavy-duty clothing when you’re welding, such as: gloves, a durable jacket and a helmet.
You also want to make sure you’re wearing the proper shoes, a piece of body protection that is most overlooked. Since sparks can get in your shoes or by your feet, you want to make sure you wear boots or that your plants cover the tops of your shoes.Date Published: April 2, 2015Date Updated: April 2, 2015
Newer helmets have auto-darkening capabilities. As a result, the helmet is a lighter shade, so you can leave it on and see what you’re doing in between tasks.
When you pull the trigger, the helmet automatically darkens to protect your eyes.Date Published: April 2, 2015Date Updated: April 2, 2015
Welders are capable of producing temperatures in excess of 10,000° F, and flying sparks that can travel 35 feet. These sparks are the main cause of welding fires and explosions.
To make a fire-safe welding work area, use metal sheets or fire-resistant curtains as barriers. The floor should be concrete or another fire-resistant material, and you should remove anything close by that could ignite.Date Published: April 2, 2015Date Updated: April 2, 2015
Taking a class may be beneficial if you’re going to be a lot of welding in the future, but for basic repairs a lot of welding equipment comes with tutorials and DVDs or CD-ROMS. Unfortunately, there’s no single welding process suitable for all situations.
For more information and welding tips, visit:
http://www.millerwelds.com/resources/improving-your-skills/mig/Date Published: April 2, 2015Date Updated: April 2, 2015
Add Your Comment
You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login