In a way, I think welding can be considered as an art. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, ART is defined as “something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings“. Maybe welds can be considered as sculptures. It is also said here that another meaning to it would be: the “skill acquired by experience, study, or observation“. For example, in a sentence we can use this as “… the art of welding.”
Learning how to weld is not just a simple walk in the park. You will need to study and be supervised during the first few months or weeks, but you will know what to do as time goes by. First, you will need to gather the materials you need. This includes the safety gears that you will be using and the metal you are going to weld together. Be sure that you have a comfortable helmet that will be able to efficiently shield your eyes from the intense brightness, respiratory filter to protect your lungs from the poisonous fumes that could be produced by the heats reaction to the metal, and sturdy protection to protect your face, hair and upper neck from stray sparks that can cause burns on your skin. You will also need gloves. The materials from which the gloves are made should be based on the type of welding you are going to do, but if you do general welding, I think a pair of leather gloves will do just fine. Sleeves or jacket to protect your upper extremities. Remember to choose materials which aren’t flammable. Keep away from synthetic products because these have been proven to melt easily, and might possibly stick to your skin causing more harm than good. You will also need a good pair of boots – many prefer toe-steeled boots, just in case a little extra protection is needed. In choosing all these items, it is important to keep this important word in mind: COMFORT. You should feel comfortable wearing the safety gears you have chosen. The helmet shouldn’t be too heavy since you’ll most probably be using it for extended periods of time. The gloves should also fit perfectly so it won’t get in the way of your work. Sleeves and jackets are also important to prevent accidental burning. I think a pair of jeans will do just fine for your lower body clothing. And comfy shoes that allows your feet to breathe. You will be standing or will be stuck in a single position for hours so you need something that you enjoy wearing.
The second thing you should do would be to check the welding area. Is there enough ventilation? The poisonous fumes should have an exit point so that they will not accumulate in the area. Check the wiring and tubes of you shielding gas, gasoline, electricity, and whatever it is that you are using. Doing this could prevent accidental explosions and injuries.
Don’t forget to check the material that you are going to weld. Is it clean? Is it damages? You can clean this with a wire brush beforehand. Remove the rust, dirt, and cobwebs during the washing. It is important that your metal material is at tip-top shape because this actually has some effects on the quality of the finished product.
Now if you are ready, you will now begin the welding process. If there are instructions available, don’t forget to read and understand what and how to go through the process. This prevents avoidable mistakes from happening.
Ripples in welding pretty much look like the ripples you see in a calm undisturbed body of water, when it is disturbed. In this case, it’s not in the body of water that you see the ripples but in “a body of molten metal”. The main influencers in the making of the ripples are most likely the electrode, amperage, and the voltage. I believe that the so called ripples in your welding trail will be the one to tell if it’s too hot, and if you are moving too slow. If it’s neat and not dripping too much, you did the weld correctly. The heat you provided wasn’t excessive and wasted. If it is too drippy, loose, and still a little bit wet, you may have been moving too slow. You will notice that the ripples are a little bit pointy, the weld is cooling too slowly because of the excessive heat. This is referred to as a BURN THROUGH, and if this happens, I’m sorry but it’s kind of hard to repair. You may just want to replace that part.
What to do when the ripples aren’t the correct appearance?
It’s easy! All you will have to do would be to reach out and adjust the cause of the overheating. You may want to turn down the amperage. You could also go for choosing to use a much smaller arc, or move at a faster rate, or you could find that they call the “CHILL PLATE”. A chill plate would be a large piece of metal that is used for absorb the excessive heat. I’m sure you kind of gotten an idea of what it is based on the name. So the best way to create ripples would be to move your hand a bit, or at the right speed and force. Ripples are sometimes referred to as “Weave Patterns”, and there’s a lot of patterns you can choose form.
We have the V pattern, Upside-down V patter, Circular pattern, C pattern, Square pattern, J pattern, Zigzag pattern, T pattern, Straight stepped pattern, and the Figure 8 pattern. This is just to name a few.
Relax! With enough practice, dedication, and effort, you will be able to master this all and produce amazing results that will blow the minds of everyone. The will be forced to buy all your products because they are so good and study. Don’t forget to start welding from a position that you are comfortable in, or if it cannot be help, a tolerable position would still be okay I think. You see, the position the welder makes is important not only for the comfort of the welder, but also for the quality of the weld. If a welder is stuck in a position that he or she doesn’t like, or it easily gets tiring for him or her, this could lead to poor weld coordination and poor-quality welds. It is important for a welder to have a lot of space to move around during the activity.
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