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Reasons Scarfing Tools Fail

You know those little ceramic inserts used for scarfing the OD upset seam of tube after its welded, why don’t they last? Why do they break after only a short time in use? It may seem an insignificant little tool at first, but if you

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Reasons Scarfing Tools Fail

You know those little ceramic inserts used for scarfing the OD upset seam of tube after its welded, why don’t they last? Why do they break after only a short time in use? It may seem an insignificant little tool at first, but if you

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How to Properly Store Your Welding Equipment

Storing your welding tools and equipment is very important in maintaining their functionality and prolonging the life of your gear.  With proper storage your tanks and other welding gear will be out of harm’s way and out of the reach of anyone who is curious

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Post-Weld Cleanup The Right Way

I figured “Practice Clean and Proper Post-Weld Procedure” would be too annoying to read, say, and think about. Moving on. . . By now, many of you are on the final stage of whatever welding project you’ve been slaving over for the holidays. Just as

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Tips for Welding Aluminum

Aluminum is one of the hardest metals to weld due to it being such a thin and flexible metal.  There are many experienced welders who have difficulty working with this metal. With automobiles being comprised of more and more aluminum based components, many TIG welders

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A Few Tips on Welding Helmets

Welding helmets or hoods come in all shapes and sizes, and they're one of the most important of a welder's tools. Firstly, you want a welding helmet that is lightweight and comfortable. Heavy helmets will tire your neck and back and are awkward and troublesome.

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Tips on Handling Welding Rods

In the field I've seen guys throwing 50lb. rod cans from a truck onto the ground, torching cans open, beating the wrong end open with a chipping hammer, and every other conceivable tool, and leaving open rod cans out in the open. ALWAYS open the

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How To Make Job Safety Work

United we stand – divided we fall, the more the merrier, two heads are better than one, and strength in numbers are all iconic phrases most of us have heard. Applying these sayings to job safety is a must. If you are feeling a situation

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Tungsten Electrode Tips

The Tungsten electrode is the element most commonly ignored by manufacturing organizations, whether in manual or automatic welding, and is the area where manufacturing organizations and individuals can improve the consistency of their welding output with some dedicated effort. The safety concern of Tungsten electrode

Hot Off The Press! Welding For DUMMIES

 This book is so hot it hasn’t even been released yet! The ever-popular “…. For Dummies” book series – which has covered nearly every topic from Chihuahuas to computer hacking – is at it again, and this time the spotlight is on welding. Welding For