Welding is a serious job and requires a lot of precautions to stay protected. Even though it can be intimidation, welding provides you a great opportunity to make amazing things with metals. And if you are a professional welder, then you know how important welding is for every project. You won’t be able to make anything if welding isn’t involved. So, here are six steps you need to follow.
Safety is not an option
Before you even think of engaging in a welding process, you will need to protect yourself. In this case, your wellbeing comes first. The welding gear you will need to use is welding helmet, safety gloves, glasses, and fire resistant suit. In this way, you will have much productive work without worrying about safety. Make sure that room in which you are working has a proper ventilation system. You should weld near flammable materials. The room should be spacious because sparks love to fly around.
MIG, Stick Flux-Cored or TIG
Don’t get confused about these names and processes because we will explain each one of them in details. The basic procedure is using spools of wire applied through a gun. The constant use of wire is much easier techniques for inexperienced welders, and it is used for lighter materials.
MIG and flux – cored are the two most common types of wire welding. MIG uses a welding gun which is attached to gas bottle and gas runs through it. This technique has a few limitations, it can be used outside, and you have to move a gas bottle around you on a cart. Flux – cored technique is used with or without a gas bottle, all depending on the wire you use. It is a recommended for outdoor use.
Depending on your project you will know which technique is the best for you.
You have two options here, 110v and 230v and both of them can be found in most of the homes and garages. If you don’t know which one to choose, we will provide you an explanation.
The lower voltage is good enough for thinner materials, on the other hand, the higher voltage will help you penetrate thicker materials. The beginners usually buy combined machines which have both voltages. So, later when they become more confident about welding, they won’t have limitation.
Depending on your project you need to combine some welding techniques and materials. In this case, you need to know what is a good match. For example, the aluminum doesn’t go well with a wire feeder. On the other hand, MIG is a great option for this. If you don’t know how to combine material and techniques, look for manufacturer guide.