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Welding Tricks

Today we are going to be talking about more welding tricks that you should know about! The purpose of this article is to help you gain an upper hand compared to your peers or competition. Reading this doesn’t mean that you aren’t already doing great as a welder, but that you can use a few tricks up your sleeve. Who doesn’t? Now, we are do not have a PhD in welding, but we like learning and sharing these new learning to others. Here are some welding tricks that you should know about:


Underwater Welding



Of course, in welding we are using different types of metal. If you are using an aluminum material in TIG welding, you will need to use only pure Argon gas as a shielding gas, or else you will find yourself frustrated. It’s also okay to mix half of Argon and then half of it will be Helium. It’s very useful. The expected result would be you having a thicker aluminum weld.


There are many factors that can contribute to what would normal be referred to as a “bad weld”, and it doesn’t really mean that you are bad at the craft, but it could just mean that you aren’t paying much attention to these other factors. For example, you could be producing bad weld because of having too much stick-out. When we say “stick-out”, we are referring to the distance of the contact tip from the arc. You should check your MIG or TIG gun once in a while. If you can see that the contact tip is recessing, then that’s the culprit for your bad welds. Be sure to adjust the nozzle so that it will flush with the tip. However, if the nozzle is hard to adjust, then you will hill have to have it fixed or replaced. You will only weld better if there’s only about half an inch stick-out.


Bad weld can also be caused by working on a bad ground. Are you familiar with ground clamps? You get a good quality ground clamps. Save for it if you have to do so. You see, when you are welding the wire feeder doesn’t care if you have poor ground. It will keep on going, and this could result to you having a bad start. It may be quite hard to recover at this point. If you can’t get a better ground clamp yet, you should go and find a piece of copper and improvise. You can slip this under one of the jaws. Keep in mind that pain or mill scale doesn’t allow a good ground.


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Today we are going to be learning about new welding tricks that can help make your work easier and faster. I understand that welding is not just a simple walk in the part… It isn’t really something that can be easily learned overnight. Don’t worry, reading this page doesn’t mean that you are incompetent. In fact, you are because you keep on looking for ways in which you can improve. Now, I’m not saying that I’m a welding expert but we know a few tricks under our sleeves which we will be sharing with you today. These might help you or they may not, but either way, it’s quite informative and being knowledgeable about a lot of things is always a good thing.


Here are some basic tips:

  • IF YOU WORK WITH GENERAL STEEL or all types of steel, you could try and get yourself some of these common electrodes – 6010 which is good if you want deep penetration, 6013 if you want a much lesser penetration. If you want a better looking product and the steel is higher in strength them why don’t you try the 7018 rod. Next if you are using quite a thick material, you need to be able to grind the joint to a 30 degree bevel and be sure to make a lot of passes.
  • If it is simply stick welding, then it will be okay if you don’t really get rid of all the oil and rust before you weld, however, it would be for the best if you do. Preparing well before you weld can help you avoid cracking, a lack of fusion, and even slag inclusions.
  • As much as possible it would be for the best if you can use the two of your hands when you are welding for a much more steady result. You can apply this in STICK, TIG, and Plasma cutting.
  • If you are not in your normal welding position, like vertical, overhead, or horizontal welding, keep in mind that it would be better if you keep your weld pool small so that you can have maximum bead control. Also, another tip would be to use the smallest wire diameter size if you can.
  • Use stainless steel wires for stainless steel.
  • Aluminum wires for aluminum.
  • Steel wires for steel.
  • It would be great if you can have a proper shielding gas in your work area. You can use CO2 so that it would be easier for you to penetrate into steel. However, keep in mind that CO2 is too hot for metal. You can also use 75% Argon or 25% CO2 if you are working with thinner steels.
  • Argon alone is ONLY for aluminum.
  • For stainless steels, you can use the triple combination of Helium, Argon, and CO2.


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