Welding Steel Tips and Tricks

Many are seeking welding steel tips and tricks to help sharpen their skills in the craft. If there is one thing that I can actually teach, it would be learn as much as possible as quick as possible. When welding you need to know a couple basic things that will take you a long way and they are your welding angle, your welding speed, your wire speed, your volts, and your posture.  Make sure to watch the puddle as well! Below I will give you some tips and tricks on welding with Mig so pay attention.

Watch Your Welding Angle

When I say your watch your welding angle, I mean the angle you welding in whether its a 90 or 45 degree angle. That makes a world of a difference. Also if you are dragging the puddle or pushing the puddle make a difference as well.

Wire Speed

If you are new to welding this could take some time to getting used to because you probably don’t know whether it should be greater than or less than your voltage. I will cover that in Voltage next. The key thing is to know when to increase you wire speed and that plays an important role in voltage.


The voltage setting should be higher than your wire speed from my perception. Why would I say that though? Because it would produce less spatter that way. You should push the puddle as well for the minimum amount. Especially if you are making tight welds in a corner. Anti-Spatter helps and it is recommended for beginners until they get to the point to not having to use little to none.

Your Posture

It is recommended that you lean your lower body against a wall or anything nearby. This will help you maximize your welding ability. Standing can be a hassle for beginners. You may rock back and forth while welding and that could interfere with your welding. Causing bad welds. That is something you do not want to do. You want your welds hold for years. Not only that you want it to look pretty as well but it is not all about the appearance of the weld you make, it is all about the quality and strength of your weld.

A little about me

I am not new to welding, I have some years under my belt with this kind of stuff. So I can relate to you if you are a welder and most definitely be a big help if you find what you are looking for in this post. If not then I must admit I do not know everything. I am sure you do not either because you are on the web looking for good tips and tricks. You sure are in a great place with tons of good content.

More Welding Tips

So what is welding anyway? Welding is when you combine two base metals together to be one independent metal you could say. It is like you heat the metal to its melting point if metal has one and fuse them. It takes a lot of heat for this to happen.  CO2 would be the proper shielding gas. It is great for penetrating welds and making a good weld on steel. Although it is good for welding steel it may be too hot for thin metal like sheet metal. Using 75% Argon 25% CO2 would work great on the thin steel. You can use Helium + Argon + CO2 for stainless steels.

There are two common wire types for welding with steel. For all purpose use an AWS classification ER70S-5. Use ER70S-6 wire when more deoxidizers are needed for welding on dirty or rusty steel. There are lots of things that can affect your weld. Things like rust and oil that maybe on the metal. Don’t forget air, it too affect the weld if it flows to fast. Like if you have a fan on, it blows air and leave pinholes through out the weld. For best control of your weld bead, keep the wire directed at the leading edge of the weld pool. It would leave it more uniform that way. I like to lead my puddle and your style maybe different from mines.


You should clean the gun liner and drive rolls occasionally, and keep the gun nozzle clean of spatter. Replace the contact tip if blocked or feeding poorly. You can also use nozzle gel to prevent nozzle build. It works really great! Use both hands to steady the gun when you weld. Do this whenever possible. (This also applies to Stick and TIG welding, and plasma cutting.) You will feel more in control when you use both hands. Keep wire in a clean, dry place when not welding, to avoid picking up contaminants that lead to poor welds. If you like these tips and want more please check out The Haynes Welding Manual. Feel free to like and comment or contact us.

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  3. Really good site, awesome teaching skills…thanks to you I’m a bitt of a better welder now, I’ve boosted my production rate by about a quarter.
    Thank you

    1. Thanks Jez! I put a lot of work into this site and its good to know that it is going towards a good cause. You are welcome by the way. I hope your skills go above and beyond. Just keep practicing!

  4. I have to do MIG welding on hydraulic piston rod and then welded portion to be turned and ground and plated. I am experiencing pin holes while turn/ grind how to avoig it? Please help.

    1. Hey there. If you are experiencing pinholes you may want to adjust your gas.
      If it is on the proper settings then you can allow the gas to come out about a half a second earlier before the arc starts if you have a more up to date welding machine.
      Above all may sure there is not any air blowing towards your weld puddle. I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any further questions.

  5. Hi there, Thank you for sharing such useful posts. I now stuck with the cleaning process for my welding helmet and your post did help me much.

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