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What Kind Of Boots Are Best For Welding

Today we are going to be answering your question about what kind of boots are best for welding? Most welders – and even non welders – are aware that there will be safety and health risks involved if the personal protective equipment (PPE) you purchase is made from low quality materials. The PPE usually consist of a wedling helmet (whether it is manual or automatic), protective sleeves (optional), welding jacket, welding gloves, welding pants, and finally the welding boots. A lot of people spend time and attention on the welding helmet and jacket but that’s not a reason to neglect the process of choosing a welding boot. Even if your feet is the farthest away from the arc, it is still faced with a lot of potential dangers such as injury from stepping on something sharp, slipping, and having something heavy fall right on top of it. The metatarsals that can be found in the feet are delicate and should be well protected.

 

So to answer your question, the boot that you should be looking for is a boot made from good quality, one that is comfortable, and one that has the ability to keep your feet safe from harm. Buying cheap boots is a choice, but have you heard of the saying “Buy Cheap, Buy Twice”? What does this mean? It means that a cheap product has a high chance of being made from also cheap material and low standard (not saying this is true about all products), and it will probably cost you more since you will need to buy again. I’m not saying that you need to buy expensive products that you can’t afford. No, what I’m trying to say is that you need to be wary and attentive to what you are purchasing. There are affordable products that have been made from good quality materials.

 

Let’s take this boot as an example. I found this boot at Amazon, which is a staple go-to online shop for a lot of Americans. Their products are great and there’s a really wide selection available for buyers. You can even zoom on the objects so you can get a close look even if it’s just behind a monitor screen.

 

Here is a product from Ever Boots called “Tank”. You can purchase this boot for only 42.95 US DOLLARS. It is much lesser than 100 US DOLLAR priced boots, and yet it isn’t what you’d consider to be cheaply made at the same time. It is available in two colors which are dark brown (the one in the photo) and tan. Take a look at the picture below:

 

 

The boot is made from genuine leather with a thick rubber sole. The shaft of this boot measures approximately 7 inches from the arch. It comes with Goodyear Welt Construction that offers great durability for industrial construction and/or concrete safety contractor. The boot has also been equipped with oil resistant rubber out sole with a removable comfort cushion insole. I must also mention that the leather is water repellent with a convenient speedy hooks and back loop for easy wearing.

 

Once you have purchased this boot, you will receive a 3 month manufacture warranty from the company. The warranty will cover expenses for any event such as the outsole of the boot falls apart after 3 months, the leather is ripped due to normal wear, or the upper and outsole have been separated. You can contact them through Amazon.

 

Here is a customer’s review about the boot after making the purchase:

 

“Wearing daily while I do a backyard makeover. These have held up great, fit well, and I really don’t have a complaint. For the price, these have been an exceptional value. I have had more expensive boots similar to these, and they wear just as well as these have. Sure, you can abuse them and they would probably fail, but for the average work around the house type of guy, these have been golden!” — Amazon Customer

 

 

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How To Prevent Weld Spatter On A Metal Part

Have you ever asked yourself: “How To Prevent Weld Spatter On A Metal Part?” As a welder, you’ve often encountered while welding, especially in MIG Welding since it is characterized by sparks and spatter flying all over the place. People who aren’t really that well versed in welding would say that the sparks look great and somehow, it makes the welding process exciting to look at. Sadly though, if you are a welder, you’d understand that having a lot of sparks or spatters means more work for you. When we talk about weld spatter, we are referring to the little droplets of molten metal or non-metallic material that are scattered or splashed around the place during the welding process. These are unintended. In other words, they aren’t supposed to be there! The welder will have to allot extra time to clean it up, plus it is also a waste of material and it can burn the welder if he or she isn’t wearing the proper personal protective equipment or PPE. It can be a little hard to totally eliminate the weld spatter, but you can reduce it. So how to prevent weld spatter especially on the metal parts?

 

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You want to reduce spatter, right? I believe that to get rid of something, we have to investigate on what has caused it. There are more high end equipment in the market that can help in reducing spatter, but of course, those also cost a lot of money and sometimes we just don’t have that extra cash to spend for it. A great welder will know what he can do with what he already has. As I said, if you suddenly notice an increase in spatters, then there must be something wrong.

 

Take a look at your welding material or your metal to be welded. Sometimes the problems lies with something as simple as the metal isn’t clean enough. You won’t need to purchase any expensive gadgets for that! All you will be needing is a damp cloth to clean away the rust, oil, dust, paint, and other substances that are getting in the way of your welding. The substances I mentioned above have the tendency to get in the way thus because the surface isn’t smooth, clean, or purely metal thus it increases the amount of spatter. So a no-brainer solution to this would be to wipe your metal piece clean with a damp cloth or run it under flowing water to get rid of the dirt.

 

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You may also want to check out your shielding gas. This one rarely happens, but you will have to check everything to make sure that you aren’t leaving anything out. If you have purchase a low quality shielding gas, then you may discover that the spatter increased. You can take spatters as a sign that something is off. It could be that your gas supplier mislabeled the tank, but this doesn’t happen often. Just don’t be too quick to rule it out. If the Argon is high then the arc will be smooth, however if you use carbon dioxide (because it is cheaper and good when it comes to penetration), then expect a lot of spatter. As a solution, you could go for a mix between the two gasses and see what happens.

You may also want to take notice of your work angle if it’s too steep. It doesn’t really matter if you push or pull while you are welding, but make sure that your work angle will not exceed 15 degrees. Steep angles have been discovered to create a lot of spatters. So always keep a close eye on how you are holding the welding torch.

In conclusion, spatters often come from elements that a welder can control so yes, there is a cheaper way to decrease spatter and that only consists of the welder making a few changes that we informed you about here at Welding Steel Tips and Tricks. Knowing how weld spatter is caused is a great way to know how to reduce it as well. The reduction of spatter will not only be great for your end product, but this is also great for you – as a welder – since you won’t have to spend too much time cleaning up or wasting material that you could’ve used for something else. So it’s really a win win situation! Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know how what’s on your mind! Drop a comment or send us a message if you wish! Have a great day! Happy Welding, Welders!

 

Importance Of Welding Safety

Today we are going to be discussing about the importance of welding safety. I’m sure that most of us are aware that there are risks when you are working as a welder, but some of us choose to ignore it because we need the money. We understand this, but safety doesn’t necessarily mean that you will have to spend on expensive protective gear or equipment.

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So what are some of the dangers that a welder will be facing at work?

We are all aware that welding involves heat and electricity and if a welder isn’t careful, he or she might put himself at a dangerous situation. Let’s talk about Electric Shock since this is the most serious and immediate risk that a welder has to face. It can lead to severe injury or worse, death. It can be cause by the shock or from falling from the shock. To prevent this, welders have to be careful about touching two metal objects if there’s a voltage between them. The higher the voltage and current, the higher the risk. To prevent this, a welder must have gloves like this ones below:

 

  • Lincoln Electric Traditional MIG/Stick Welding GloveThis product is being sold for 13.65 US DOLLARS, and it has been made from genuine cowhide leather. This glove is heat resistant and flame resistant, plus of course, it will be able to act as a shield between your skin and electric current. It looks stylish also.
  • Miller 263343 Arc Armor MIG/Stick Welding GloveThis glove is being sold for 29.89 US DOLLARS. It’s made from premium grade pigskin and with a cowhide combination. As you can see in the photo, it has a black back and blue palm design. You can have some peace of mind that this product will be able to provide you with protection and durability. It also comes with an insulated back and palm.

To prevent burns, you will also need a welding jacket to protect your skin from stray sparks. You will need sturdy and flame-resistant jackets that will also make sure that you are warm and comfortable inside. I prefer the jackets that come with a turtle neck like design so your neck also has some sort of protection. Take a quick look at these two:

  • REVCO BSX Welding JacketThis has been Amazon’s best selling welding jacket for a while now and it’s really good. Here is a picture of it:You can choose between sizes large, small, X-Large, XX-Large, and XXX-Large.

    It will be able to keep you protected from stray sparks that can land on your skin and burn you. This jacket is not flammable so there’s no need to worry that it will unexpectedly catch fire while you are in the middle of working. When it comes to style, this jacket is passable and classic in it’s black and red color combination.

    Here’s a short review about it:

    “Very comfortable and safe jacket used daily for welding. This jacket has kept me from welding burns daily in the shop. This a great jacket.” – Parkersvineyard

  • MILLER 244751 Welding JacketThis product is being sold for 21.88 US DOLLARS. It has been made from flame resistant cotton, and the fabric is pre-shrunk to eliminate the sleeve length shrinkage to give an optimal fit. The neck is protected due to the stand up collar, and it has five button snaps at the front for an added protection.Here’s a review about it:

    “A very good welding jacket and a good price too, it is very well made and worth it. I have used it many time and still holding up.” – Item Tester

However, if you don’t like jackets, you can also just choose to purchase sleeves like this one:

  • Lincoln Electric Black One Size Flame-Resistant Welding Sleeves
    This product is a lot cheaper than a welding jacket, but I believe that it would still be able to protect your arms from heat and being burned.You can purchase this at only 8.76 US DOLLARS.

    The cuffs are elastic (if you can look closely at the photo), and there are split leather panels in high wear areas to increase the product’s durability. The sleeve length is at 21 inches.

    Here is a review about it:

    “Delivered and packaged as expected. Good fit and since it is Lincoln you know quality is not an issue.
    The only thing that would have been better is if the wrist area had leather as my husband expected from other Lincoln welding sleeves he’s owned. Probably his fault for not reading the product details completely but it doesn’t make much sense to NOT put leather at the wrists for welding gloves. Sparking is too common to consider thinking fabric would be enough.” – Jen

There are other risks involved in welding aside from burning and electric shock like poisoning from fumes and gases, and also getting your eyes damaged because of the welding flashes, but we will safe those for next time so we can discuss them in detail. To end this, it is important to also keep yourself safe when you are welding. There’s a lot of health risks involved in welding so before working, make sure that you have the complete PPE or the Personal Protective Equipment.

 

Here at Welding Steel Tips and Tricks, we don’t only give you little hacks to better your welding but we also hope to help you make the smart choices in life, especially when it comes to buying welding related products. Hopefully, our article for today has helped you even just a little bit. You can share this post to your friends and family if you think they can learn from it as well. Did you know that you can also subscribe to us? Subscribing to us is a great way to never miss a post and you’ll always be the first one to know or read! We will be sending you alerts or notifications in your e-mail address every time we post something new. We don’t spam! No worries! If you have further additional questions or you just want to discuss the topic, you can send a message to us or better yet, leave a comment below so that we and other readers will be able to answer your question or discuss it further. The more the merrier, right? Thanks for reading! Hope to see you here again next time! Have a nice day!

Timberland Work Boots Steel Toe

Today we are going to be talking about some of the best steel toe work boots from the Timberland brand. Have you heard of this brand? I’m sure you have! This magnificent brand began in the 1950’s when Nathan Swartz bought a half interest in Abington Shoe Company in Massachusetts. It was also this family who introduced injection-molding technology to the footwear industry. This enabled humans to fuse soles to leather uppers without the need for stitching, thus waterproof shoes and boots were born!

Let’s take a look at some of the best work boots Timberland has to offer!

  1. Timberland PRO Men’s Pitboss 6″ Steel-Toe BootYou can purchase this boot for only 82.45 US DOLLARS up to 124.99 US DOLLARS. It’s a little pricey but currently, there’s a sale at Amazon that allows you to purchase this item for the lowest price available on the select options. It is expected to fit you at around 84% so make sure that the size you get is correct. You have a choice between the size standard or the wide one. If you have big toes, the wide boots would be better.


    This boot has been made from genuine imported leather and it comes with a manmade sole. The shaft measures approximately 5.5″ from the arch and the heel is about 1.5″ thick. Looking at the photo of the product closely, you will notice that it is a lace up leather boot with a tonal stitching. You will also see a logo patch on the tongue. For comfort, you have the padded collar to offer support. Inside the boot, you will find what they call the open-cell polyurethane foot bed with Agion antimicrobial cover.

    What do you think of this boot? Well here is what some people think of it:

    “i wear these boots five days a week in my auto shop, and they are amazing. they start a little stiff, but after a day or two they fit perfectly. wicked comfortable, love the hooks on the top instead of holes or loops. great boot, highly recommended for anyone who needs some xtra pretection from their boots.” – Tyler R. Sherman

    “The only brand work boot I’ve been buying for 12 years. My last pair lasted me 3 years and I only threw it away because my wife made me do it. I think I had a least another six months left on that baby.” – Z. Baez

    This boot received an average of 4.3 stars out of 5 stars from at least 1,694 people who rated it.

  2. TIMBERLAND PRO MEN’S 6 INCH RIGMASTER XT STEEL TOE WP WORK BOOTThis boot is being sold for 113.49 US DOLLARS up to 170.00 US DOLLARS. Yes, it’s a bit pricey but the quality is really really good. And in the long run, you will realize that the product will pay for itself. The boot is made from imported leather with a synthetic sole, but even if it is synthetic sole, it is able to protect your feet perfectly fine.

    The shaft measures approximately 6″ from the arch of the boot. You can have some peace of mind while wearing this boot because it is waterproof and it will keep your feet comfortable and dry. It is high quality leather that is always ready for extreme durability. There’s a waterproof membrane inside that ensures that your feet is always dry.

    What did you think about this boot? Here are some thoughts from people who have bought it:

    “Bought these for my husband who is an electrical utilities contractor and has always worn Redwing boots which needed either repair or replacement every 6 months. These are the first boots he’s worn that didn’t start hurting his feet after 8 hours. No break-in needed and lightweight considering how sturdy they are. Another reviewer mentioned the need to buy the proper socks so I bought those as well. Someone else complained that the boots weren’t waterproof when they were in ankle-deep water. They are waterproof up to the tongue; if you regularly step in water any deeper, sounds like you need waders instead of work boots. Will definitely buy again when it’s time to replace.” – Amazon Customer

    “I bought these for my son. He said they felt good on his feet. He wore them a few days leisurely to kinda break them in and he was happy with the fit and said they were very comfortable. Time will tell how well they wear, cause he works on concrete a lot. That is why only 4 star rating for now.” -J-Lo26

    It has a rating of an average of 4.4 stars out of 5 stars.

  3. TIMBERLAND PRO MEN’S POWERWELT 6″ Steel-Toe Work BootThis product is being sold at 121.02 US DOLLARS up to 150.99 US DOLLARS. You can avail of free returns on some sizes and colors of this boot. It is expected to fit you at around 80%. The boot is made from leather and it comes with a thick rubber sole that will successfully protect your feet from injury caused by sharp objects.


    Aside from the features I mentioned above, this boot is also capable of protecting you because of the steel toe feature that it has. It comes with a full-grain Everguard leather upper featuring a waterproof construction and an electrical hazard protection. This just proves that this boot is capable of protecting you no matter what environment you may have to work in.

    What did you think of this boot? Did you like this boot? Would you purchase this boot for yourself? Let’s take a look at what some people have to say about this boot!

    “I have had these boots for awhile now, and am generally pleased with them. The toes don’t wear through like regular leather boots do when rubbing on abrasive surfaces. I think the insoles included in the boots, however, are terrible. They were comfortable enough, but I had holes worn through them within one month. I would purchase these boots again for the exterior durability, though.” – Steevu

    “Sixteen hours a day, six days a week for 8 months and the only change is they are more comfortable. they are durable, water proof and the heel/sole barely show any sign of the mileage I have on them. I’m constantly in and out of the van, on the ground, the floor and the ladder. Couldn’t ask for more, I’m buying my son a pair now. When they asked what I wanted for Fathers day I got another pair, but now I’m thinking I have boots for the decade. These are the real deal, honestly thought this kind of craftsmanship was a thing of the past.” – Elan Venture Corp

    “I have tried on multiple brands of steel toe boots before, but these are the best I have come across. Each brand of steel toe I tried on was narrow in the toe, which was highly uncomfortable. As soon as you slide your feet into these boots, you don’t even notice that you’re wearing steel toe. I own three different styles of Timberland footwear and they are all very comfortable for all day wearing. The abrasion resistance material on these boots are amazing. The first day I had them on I had to do some crawling in some tight spaces at work, and of course my toes were scrapping the floor etc. etc. when I was done,I wiped the dust off and noticed no marks were made. Try that with any other shoe and you just know the words that come out of your mouth next. I bought these boots because there just that damn good. Read other people’s reviews and ask someone you know how they like there Timberlands, you won’t be disappointed.” – Joseph Marchant

    It has an average rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 stars from around 199 people who rated it.

Timberland boots are always a great choice to go with and I’m sure you won’t regret purchasing a Timberland boot! They are a very famous brand for their toughness and in the end, I know you would want a brand of boots that really cares about your safety and comfort while you are at work. So don’t he

 

 

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Caterpillar Boots Steel Toe

Looking for some of the best Caterpillar Boots that have been equipped with Steel Toes? Look no further, we have rounded up three of the best steel toe work boots from the said brand! The Caterpillar brand has been around for a long time. And their boots are not only used by those who work in industrial fields but also for fashion. Their boots really look good and very protective at the same time. Let’s take a look at this first boot!

  1. Caterpillar Men’s Second Shift Steel Toe Work BootThe original price of this boot was at 110.00 US DOLLARS, but now, you can purchase it at only 72.98 US DOLLARS up to 109.99 US DOLLARS. And more good news is that there’s currently a sale on some selected items in Amazon, and this product has made it in. You can purchase this at the lowest price available.

    It has been made from genuine high quality leather that has been imported from abroad. The rubber sole is fairly thick. The shaft of this boot approximately measures about 6″ from the arch, and it comes with an added steel toe feature to protect the feet from any hard object that can fall on it and cause injury. It comes with a plush collar and a padded tongue for comfort. It is also oil-resistant.

    Aside from the color in the picture above, it is also available in honey color.

  2. Caterpillar Men’s Brode Steel Toe Work BootThe price of this shoe is at 33.11 US DOLLARS up to 90.00 US DOLLARS. It’s cheaper than other brands, but it will definitely protect your feet. It comes with a steel toe feature than is similar to their steel toe boots. You can choose between a standard size or a wide size.

    This has been made from original high quality leather and it comes with a low-top and lace-up closure. You will be able to see logo in the sides and in the tongue. I don’t know if you will agree with me, but I think that it is a very stylish shoe.

  3. Caterpillar Men’s Concave Hi ST Work ShoeThe original price of this boot is at 62.95 US DOLLARS until 110.00 US DOLLARS. It has been made from imported leather and a man made sole. The shaft of this boot measures approximately 7.5″ from the arch. The heel measures at least 1″. If you look at the photo below, you might notice the Nylon mesh lining.

 

 

Next time on welding steel tips and tricks, we will be reviewing more products from Caterpillar and probably from other brands as well to help you find the boot for you. Hopefully, our article for today has helped you even just a little bit. You can share this post to your friends and family if you think they can learn from it as well. Did you know that you can also subscribe to us? Subscribing to us is a great way to never miss a post and you’ll always be the first one to know or read! We will be sending you alerts or notifications in your e-mail address every time we post something new. We don’t spam! No worries! If you have further additional questions or you just want to discuss the topic, you can send a message to us or better yet, leave a comment below so that we and other readers will be able to answer your question or discuss it further. The more the merrier, right? Thanks for reading! Hope to see you here again next time! Have a nice day!

Lincoln TIG Welding

The Lincoln brand has been around for more than decades – in fact, they have been around for almost 120 years – and throughout these years, they have been known for providing equipment for all types of welding processes like TIG, MIG, and Stick Welding. Until today. the company continues to invest in innovation and growth to better itself and their products.

 

If you are into TIG Welding, they also have equipment and other products to help you. Check out the following:

 

  • Invertec V155-S Ready-Pak 120/230V TIG Welder 155A

    At Amazon, you can purchase this at 1,399.00 US Dollars, and it comes with free shipping and a 3 year Lincoln Electric warranty. You will surely like this product because it is portable, which allows you to carry it to all places you will be working at, it is also professional looking but rugged at the same time. And compared to other brands, this is already affordable. It weighs less than 15 lbs or 6.8 kg. It also comes with a long 230V extension cord usage that can be uncoiled up to 200 feet or that’s 62 meters. If you order now, the estimated delivery date will be at January 13-18, 2015.

    This product is also engine driven power generator capability. It has a Touch Start TIG DC operation which allows you to be able to strike the ARC easily without needing high frequency or tungsten contamination. Speaking of the ARC, it is auto adaptive which as a result minimizes electrode sticking in the puddle without compromising the ARC stability or increased spatter.

    Output Amperage: 155 Amps

  • WELDING FUME CONTROLSince TIG is known for emitting irritating or harmful fumes, you can also expect that Lincoln Electric has taken care of it already. For the fumes, they have the Papr Helmet. This is powered by an air purifying respirator that is suitable for any kind of welding operations. Next, you can purchase a portable unit of an “air purifier”. This portable and light product is the solution for the removal and filteration of welding fumes.

    I just have to mention that Lincoln Electronics also offers a safety package which is top-grade professional in quality.

    As you can see in the photo, you have your spacious Duffle bag which can hold your premium welding gear and before, during, and after welding clothes. The jacket, sleeves, and gloves are made from Tough 1680 Denier fabric that is able to resist wear and abrasions. If you also look closely at the photo, you will notice that the jacket has three exterior pockets to store common welding accessories. You will also receive a padded shoulder strap and 4 inch carabiner to secure your helmet.

 

 

 

So if you have any needs for TIG Welding, be sure to check out the products of Lincoln Electrics! Good Luck! Hopefully, our article for today has helped you even just a little bit. You can share this post to your friends and family if you think they can learn from it as well. Did you know that you can also subscribe to us? Subscribing to us is a great way to never miss a post and you’ll always be the first one to know or read! We will be sending you alerts or notifications in your e-mail address every time we post something new. We don’t spam! No worries! If you have further additional questions or you just want to discuss the topic, you can send a message to us or better yet, leave a comment below so that we and other readers will be able to answer your question or discuss it further. The more the merrier, right? Thanks for reading! Hope to see you here again next time! Have a nice day!

TIG WELDING TOOLS

Today we are going to be learning about TIG Welding Tools! TIG is a little complicated to learn but that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to learn it with enough practice and patience. TIG requires using both hands so I guess, that’s the part that makes it difficult. Unlike the other welding processes where you can do it with only one hand, here you need to be able to control both of your hands as you hold the torch and the filling metal at the same time.



TIG requires the use of both hands. This is what makes the process a little complicated.


 

To begin TIG Welding, you need to understand that TIG is a slight radioactive process, which means that you have to make sure that you are equipped with the right tools or equipment for it. Make sure that your Personal Protective Equipment are complete before you begin. Make sure that you are protected from head to toe. Check if your helmet is working as it should be. Also, make sure that your welding area is prepared. TIG requires a flat area made from metal so that you can ground the electricity used for TIG. If you have extra money, you can invest in a welding table but if you don’t want to, I think any flat metal surface will do.

In TIG, you will make use of three important things and these are heat from electricity, shielding gas from compressed air, and the filler metal. These three are essential. You cannot do a TIG welding process without any of them. But aside from these three, you would also be using TIG Power Supplies. An expert says that Stick Welding power supply will be okay to use for TIG, however you will need to add a basic TIG Welding torch. This machinery will help keep the amperage consistent and the heat settings regulated. Note that the voltage of the power supplies will vary or change depending on the length of your arc. Adjust accordingly.

 

When it comes to TIG torches, there are two types you can choose from. The first torch is the air cooled torch. Most consider this as the less expensive and practical choice. However, this one has the tendency to heat up too much and waste the heat. The second one is the water cooled torch. It’s expensive but this tool is very efficient. You will need to take good care of it and maintain it though, like a car radiator. Keep a water cooler nearby.

 

So those are some of your TIG Welding Tools! Make sure each and every one of them are working properly and have no defects. Double check your settings if you find something that is happening when it shouldn’t be. Hopefully, our article for today has helped you even just a little bit. You can share this post to your friends and family if you think they can learn from it as well. Did you know that you can also subscribe to us? Subscribing to us is a great way to never miss a post and you’ll always be the first one to know or read! We will be sending you alerts or notifications in your e-mail address every time we post something new. We don’t spam! No worries! If you have further additional questions or you just want to discuss the topic, you can send a message to us or better yet, leave a comment below so that we and other readers will be able to answer your question or discuss it further. The more the merrier, right? Thanks for reading! Hope to see you here again next time! Have a nice day!

How To Get Rid of Pin Holes In Welding

So, you have noticed the little holes in your finished product and that’s why you are here to know how to get rid of pinholes in welding. Don’t worry! It’s easy to get rid of those pesky holes. But what exactly are these little holes and what cause them? To get rid of something, it would only be understandable that you know about what causes them. so that you can prevent them from coming back. First we are going to be defining some terms:

 

  • Welding – “to weld”; This is a process of fabricating or sculpturing that aims to join two materials together, which are most of the time metals or thermoplastic products, with the use of fusion.
    Anther meaning would be “to join pieces of metal together by heating the edges until they begin to melt and then press them together.”Welding is a permanent process. The materials you have joined together will stay together unless some external force forces them apart.
  • Welder – this refers to a person whose job is to weld materials together; one that welds
  • Pinhole – “is a very small hole that is made by a pin or in some other way”;  “a welding defect that has been cause by high welding temperatures. If the temperature is too high, tiny holes that resemble a pinhole, that can be seen in fabrics, can be seen.”

 

Thank you to Google and Merriam-Websters for the word meanings. As you have read, pinholes are considered to be a “weld defect” because they aren’t supposed to be there but they are. Sadly, you cannot prevent pinholes because they will be happening in one way or another. What you can do would to reduce them and them erase them from your finished product.

Here are some of the cause of Pinholes:

1.) You better check you gas solenoid at the wire feeder or in the GTAW machine if it’s defective or not. This could be a possible contributor to pinholes.

2.) You should also check the GMAW gun liners if they are contaminated or not, because if they are, they might introduce elements that you do not want to you weld pool. Stainless steel and high-nickel-alloy are some of the elements that are susceptible to attracting these contaminants.

3.) Check your welding gas because it could be contaminated as well. You will need to call the gas supplier so they can thoroughly check your gas supply.  You can also check because maybe it’s already out of gas, that’s why there’s a lot of pinholes appearing.

4.) Check if there is moisture. This could be just water or morning dew, but it could also come from the process of condensation because of welding on a heavy plate and lap joints. This may occur when the temperature is below fifty degrees Fahrenheit. To combat this, you will have to preheat the metal up to 200 to  220 degrees Fahrenheit to be able to evaporate the moisture. You can wipe it to but just to be super sure, you can just heat it up.

5.) There’s some kind of air or draft that disturbs the shielding gas delivery during the welding. Fans near you or even fans as far as 25 feet away can have an effect on the gas delivery. Keep note of open doors or windows.

6.) If the metal you are welding has a paint, grease, oil, glue, or sweat release large volumes of gas during welding and they are exposed to arc welding temperatures.

 

 

So those are some of the causes of pinholes, now, how will you get rid of them?

Here’s one solution: CLEAN the metal on both sides. Make sure that the air flow in your shop is only about 25 CFM and that there’s no breeze, fans, etc. Ventilation is important but it doesn’t have to disturb the gas distribution.

Another solution would be to just cover the holes since they are already there, right? If you failed to prevent them, then you just have to go do the next best thing which is to cover them and make them disappear.  To do this, you will need to buy an epoxy from a hardware store or at Amazon if you are lazy and you just want it delivered to you. Epoxy has two meanings but in this situation, the meaning: “to glue, fill, or coat with epoxy resin.” is the one applicable. Here is an example of an epoxy:

J-B Weld 8267-S SteelStik Steel Reinforced Epoxy Putty Stick -2 oz

 

You can buy this for only 6.00 US DOLLARS! That’s quite cheap right? It is able to repair anything that is made out of metal. Feel free to use it on wet or dry surfaces. You can even use it confidently in places that are completely submerged in water, or even in gasoline. You can drill it, fill, tap, machine, or paint it.  This product can be mold or used to patch things, for this situation, we will use this product to patch the pinholes. After apply, the product will be set in approximately 5 minutes, but you can’t touch or modify the area first. Give it at least an hour or so before you drill, tap, or whatever else you have to do. This will ensure that the product has done it’s job. The product can withstand high temperatures so don’t worry, it will not melt away.

 

Here’s a review about it:

Like 45 billion other people, I saw the Mighty Putty commercial on TV and thought it sounded great. My husband sighed and said, that’s been around forever, and a lot cheaper, too.

So I looked around and lo and behold, J-B Weld IS “Mighty Putty,” minus the horrific shipping and ‘processing’ fee.

I bought this at a local hardware store to test it out (around $3 if you can get find it; my husband suggest an auto parts store.) It does work like the commercial says. I wanted to put up a towel rack in a guest bathroom without drilling through the tile.

Well, it worked. Set up in a few minutes. Next day you could hang Billy Mays from it, and I don’t think it’d break.

I’d highly recommend the J-B brand, unless you’ve got a lotta spare cash and you want to make sure Billy Mays retires in style! — Katy Lake

So now that you know how to get rid of the pinholes in welding, you can confidently show your finished products to the world without any defects. Don’t forget to subscribe to us! Leave us a comment! And share this article with your friends and family.

 

 

What Cause Pinholes In Welds

Hello there! Today we are going to be discussing about pinholes and what causes them to appear in welds. Every welder has probably encounter what we call commonly call as a “pinhole” or sometimes it is referred to as type of porosity. Of course, it would only be right to begin this article by defining all the terms that we will be using here so that you won’t be confused as you go and read until the end. So here’s a short definition of terms:

  • WELDING – (v.) “to join pieces of metal together by heating the edges until they begin to melt and then pressing them together.
    – “to join or bring (people or things) close together
  • WELDER – (n.) “a person whose job is to weld materials together.”
  • PINHOLE – (n.) “a very small hole made by a pin or in some other way.”

Thanks to Merriam-Websters dictionary for these meanings, but I’ll further explain what a pinhole is – just in case you are still confused. If you are a welder, you have most probably seen these in your finished products. Here’s a photo of it:

pinholes

 

Can you see the small holes that look like acne scars on some person’s face? There by the glare of the light. Yep, those are what we call as pinholes. These are considered to be a bad thing… In fact, these are a welding defect. Often times, pinholes can be cause by too high welding temperatures. This is because there is a trapped gas inside and when it tries to push out of the surface, it forms into these little holes which aren’t really nice to look at. Seeing pinholes during welding is a common occurrence and problem that every welder has to face. Pinholes are sometimes called as “spherical porosity”. But wait, before we continue – what is posority? We’ve been using the term but we forgot to define it.

  • POROSITY – (n.) “is the quality or state of being porous.”
    – “pore”; “the ratio of the volume of interstices of a material to the volume of its mass.”

Even if a pinholes is considered as a “welding defect”, it isn’t taken seriously because it can be easily prevented. Of course, to be able to know how to prevent something from happening, we must first learn what causes something to happen in the first place. We have gathered the reasons far and wide to find out.

  1. AIR or a draft is getting in the way of the shielding gas during the welding. This could come from fans or overhead fans or air conditioner. It would be an important task for welders to be aware of their environment and not just work work work their asses off.
  2. Sometimes it’s because of the distance between the weld nozzle from the weld puddle. You will have to bring it a little bit closer because if it’s too far away, the amount or volume of the shielding gas may be diminished before it has even reached the weld and because of this, there’s a possibility that the shielding gas will mix with the atmosphere gas which in turn may affect the weld
  3. Moisture is a no no. Just like in wounds, moisture is a no no because it can promote the growth of bacteria.. It is also like this in welding. You can preheat the metal, which is actually a great choice, or you could wipe it thoroughly and make sure that everything is already dry and ready to be used. Oh, and by the way, it would also be a great move if before welding you will be able to take some time to clean the two side of the metal you are going to be welding today.  Be sure that the wire you are going to us is free from rust and any dirt.

    Pinholes can really by caused by this. It’s a simple instruction to remember right? By doing so, you are preventing any new pinholes when you’ve just finished using it.

  4. Double check the welding joint if it is open at the root. If it is open, it could suck the air out from the backside and the unprotected liquid metal can be easily absorbed.
  5. The gas hose could also be a contributing factor. Please make sure that it isn’t kinked or smashed because then it’s ability to think properly leaves on with you. It would be best of your hose is only just right… not too short or not too tight,
  6. It could also mean that the gas flow of your far is high. I coudln’t really find any significant information.
  7. Make sure that the wire you are using has been cleaned. Please avoid contamination especially with paint, oil, grease, glue, and oil. These substances all have the ability to let out poisonous fumes.

 

Of course if you want a much easier route, you can always go for just using a epoxy, like this one:

 

 

With this product, you will be able to do more because you won’t have to be too worried about the knees. You can use this product for you china needs, ceramic, automotive, or metal. You can also use this underwater without any problems. You now have a buddy whenever you feel like fixing the bathroom or the tub to be more specific. This product will be able to help you plug holes and keep them plugged. You will just have to wait for at least 20 up to 30 minutes before it’s all ready. You can buy this product at 7.59 US DOLLARS! It was 22.60 US Dollars before so yes, it really a huge discount on the price.  Here’s a great review about it:

 

“Excellent product, I had a leak in my car and tried to get it fixed at an auto repair facility. The asking price for the leak was around $600 bucks and that was for diagnostics and repair. I located the leak, purchased this item and fixed it myself. A $600 job fixed with an item that costs less than $10. Talk about highway robbery when it comes to getting your car repaired in a shop!” – Nino Marcelin

 

So these were the things that caused pinholes in welds, what can you say about them? And also, leave us a comment if you have any questions or inquires. We read our e-mails every day. We’d really love to hear from you and serve you.  If you want to read more articles like this one, why don’t you subscribe to us so you can get alerts whenever we post something new.

 

Winter Welding Jacket

Today, we are going to be talking about the importance of owning a winter welding jacket. You don’t have to buy a winter jacket separately from the jackets that you use during the hot season. In this article, you will be reading about the characteristics of a good winter welding jacket and also, we will give you examples of jackets to buy and where you can buy them. Hopefully, with the help of this article, you will be able to realize whether a certain jacket is for you or not.  Remember that when buying a jacket, comfort is one of the important factors to think about when you are buying a jacket.

 

J. Tillman 3930 Review

 

Name: John Tillman 3930 Welding Jacket

Price: 144.27 US DOLLARS. It comes with free shipping if you order from Amazon.

Owners: J. Tillman

Overall Rank:    09 out of 10

 

J. Tillman 3930, Product Review

 

You’ve probably heard about the J. Tillman brand once in your life, right? It’s such a popular brand when it comes to welding related products such as welding jackets, gloves, sleeves, and even boots.  I believe the brand has been around for quite a long time, so long that it has become one of the most trusted brand when it comes to welding accessories. Okay, now let’s talk about one of J. Tillman’s best products the 3930 Welding Jacket. This product has been manufactured from the best cowhide leather that’s available so you are sure that the quality of this jacket will not deteriorate easily. It will not fade, and it will not start peeling. The jacket looks really good. Here’s a photo of it from Amazon:

I know the model looks good too, but that’s only because the jacket looks good. The jacket is in an all black top quality cowhide leather. It is 30 inches in length and it is complete with underarm gussets. What is a gusset? If you aren’t familiar of what a gusset is then let me tell you that a gusset is “a piece of cloth that is usually in the shape of a triangle that is sewn into something (such as the underneath part of a sleeve) to make it wider or stronger.” Another meaning would be that it is “a place or bracket for strengthening an angle in a framework”. From the two meanings, you will realize that a gusset is an added foundation to strengthen something.

 

The Good and The Bad

The Good

 

As I said above, since it has been made from the best cowhide leather, then it doesn’t get worn out easily. It won’t peel, and it won’t fade away. The leather is fireproof so you won’t have to worry about getting any sparks on it. The sparks will only slide off it.  The sleeves of this jacket is lined with satin so that it can be easily put on and off, with soapstone and outside pockets. The jacket is entirely kevlar stitched.

 

The Bad

The jacket is a little hot if it is worn for too long but I guess it’s okay since this means that you can comfortably wear it during the winter season without getting cold. But it doesn’t get to the point of being too hot that you will sweat a lot and even if this is so, the jacket still remains comfortable.

 

Who is the J. Tillman 3930 Welding Jacket for?

This product is perfect for those welders who want quality and toughness. This is great if you want that one time big time type of buying. Since the jacket is durable and tough, it will not be easily worn out and will last for quite a while without any deterioration.  In the end, the product will pay for itself. Here’s a great review about the product from Amazon:

“I’v[e] been using this Tillman 3930 welding jacket for a little over a year. It’s still 100% intact; no tears, no, holes, no broken buttons.

This welding jacket is really durable and very comfortable. It is a bit heavy, but what do you want? It’s described as heavy duty top grain cowhide. I never feel like I’m going to overheat with this jacket. Even in the hottest weather last summer I felt cool as can be expected. Of course, it was still hot. I mean I was welding and it was like 90 degrees. So, what I’m trying to say is that this jacket didn’t make it any worse for me.

I love this welding jacket. I’d absolutely buy it again. I don expect to be needing one for a long time though.” – JRW

 

 

J. Tillman 3930 Welding Jacket Price

I hate to say it but the J. Tillman is a little bit on the pricey side, but as I said above since it is a very durable and strong jacket – thanks to the genuine leather it has been crafted from – it will last you for a very long time. You won’t be needing to buy a jacket maybe for about a year or maybe more, depending on how you use it.  You can purchase this jacket for 144.27 US DOLLARS at Amazon.com. If you buy from Amazon, you will be able to avail of their free shipping so that’s a less expense for you.

 

My final opinion of J. Tillman 3930 Welding Jacket

As we come to an end of this product review for a winter welding jacket, I’d end with an encouragement to you to purchase this jacket. It’s comfortable so you will be able to concentrate more on your task at hand, instead of adjusting and trying to get comfy in the apparel. And even if it is pricey, the important thing is that the product is worth the money that you will pay for it. It will last you years. It is touch, durable, and strong against any external damage. It can be easily worn and it will keep you warm during the cold months.

 

J. Tillman 3930 Welding Jacket at a glance…

 

Owners: J. Tillman
Price: 144.27 US DOLLARS
Overall rank: 09 out of 10

 

Verdict: Legit


 

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