Have you decided to become a do-it-yourself home welder? There are several things to keep in mind when looking for the right welder and learning how to use the equipment properly
Types of Welding Processes
There are four types of welding processes to choose from: MIG, Stick, Flux-Cored and TIG. The stick welding, also known as SMAW, is usually the first process that is learned. It is used for quick repairs, and is easy to set up as it uses a stick electrode. Stick welding is slower than wire welding. It is more forgiving when working with rusty or dirty metal, and is not recommended to use in sheet metal welding.
MIG welding is a welder that uses a metal inert gas. This gas is a shielding gas that is to protect the weld from being contaminated. The gas is pumped into the welding gun through a gas bottle. This process, however, can be difficult to use outdoors and requires a gas bottle be carried around with you during the welding. Flux-cored welding is most often done outside, and uses a wire that does not require shielding gas.
The last welding process is called TIG. According to Bend-It (www.benditinc.com), this process is used more often for architectural or automotive work for thin metal and sheet metal to achieve the seamless look. The TIG welding is by far the hardest to learn, but with a little focus and effort, proficiency is certainly achievable.
When it comes to welding work, safety is not an option. Safety glasses, fire resistant jackets, welding gloves, and a helmet are just a few of the things that are smart for any welder to have on hand. You will also need to have adequate ventilation if you are welding indoors, and make sure you do not work on or near anything that is flammable. Give yourself plenty of space to let the sparks fly.
Voltage and Materials
For thinner materials, use a lower voltage; where the higher the voltage we give you the ability to break through the thicker materials. As a beginner, look for a welder that uses both voltages so as you get more confident you will be able to weld the thicker materials. Some examples of these materials are aluminum, mild steel, and stainless metals that come in varying thicknesses.
Consumables and User Interface
According to Bend-It Inc., one of the trusted pipe bending companies, it is important to find a welding tool that will automatically dial in the welding settings that you are going to use. You are going to need to match the consumable with the process you will be using, as well as the material you will be working with most often.
Once you decide that you want to learn how to weld, there are several things you need to do before you get started. You need to make sure you will be able to work and be safe. You will need to do some research on what type welder to use, as well as, what process you want to start with. The next thing you need to figure out is the voltage that will be needed as well as the materials that will be used.