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Is a Colored Weld a Good or Bad Thing?

While welders work hard to clean their metal work pieces, stack up their welds, and minimize spatter when laying beads, contaminated welds can sometimes happen. On occasions these contaminated welds will change colors. Sometimes a weld changes colors but isn’t necessarily contaminated. And sometimes welders

Why Welders Are Purging Pipes and Tubes Before Welding

Creating a strong, long-lasting weld requires a clean joint on your metal workpiece. When it comes to TIG welding uniquely shaped materials or pipe welding jobs, purging the metal of oxygen with an inert gas can keep the weld fully protected from oxidation that could

Tips for TIG Welding Aluminum at Your Home Shop

TIG welding aluminum often proves to be one of the most challenging welding processes for new and weekend hobby welders. Aluminum heats up faster than steel and most other metals in welding shops, and it becomes particularly brittle and prone to cracking if you aren’t

Should I Buy a Brand New Welder?

If you read enough welding message boards, you’ve probably read about welders finding amazing deals on used machines or cheap off-brand machines from eBay. However, if you read press releases from welding companies and welding suppliers, you’re probably going to hear about the amazing deals

How Your Choice of Shielding Gas Impacts Your Weld

Shielding gas can make or break the quality of your weld. Properly storing your shielding gas can make or break your welding shop. So when it comes to choosing shielding gas, storing it, and refilling it, you should weigh the different factors such as cost, portability,

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What Do You Need to Get Started with Welding?

It’s hard to know how exactly to answer questions about “what a new welder” needs in order to start welding because every person has a slightly different setup at home, different tools on hand, and very different assumptions about welding. While we can’t guarantee that

When to Use Solid Wire MIG or Flux Cored MIG Welding

MIG welding offers the convenience and speed of a feeder that guides the metal wire right into your puddle, but keeping your weld free from contaminants will determine the strength and appearance of your weld. While solid MIG wire requires a shielding gas to protect

TIG Welding for Beginners and Skeptics

TIG welding requires more time, practice, and preparation than any other welding method, but whether you’re used to the hefty stick welding electrodes or the wire feeders of MIG welders, there are some great reasons to learn more about TIG welding. For starters, TIG welding

How and When to Use Scratch Start TIG Welding

Welders in nuclear power plants, food industry plants, and their own workshops have long used a simple series of modifications to their stick welders in order to TIG weld. By adding a TIG torch, shielding gas with a flow meter, and a few other parts,