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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,


Tips for TIG Welding Aluminum on DC Power

Every welder knows that you’ll get a much cleaner weld that is more likely to pass inspection if you use AC power when TIG welding aluminum. There’s no debate there for the most part. However, you will find a far more spirited debate online about

How to Pick the Right Shielding Gas

When planning a welding job, from big to small, your choice of shielding gas can make or break the quality of your weld and ease of your work. The right shielding gas can make all the difference in the shape, transfer of heat, alloy content,

Does It Matter If You Push or Pull While Welding?

Some welders roll their eyes every time the push vs. pull debate comes up, while others have strong opinions that they believe they have been forged out of hard-earned experience. Should we debate pushing vs. pulling for welding? And if it’s worth discussing, then which is

Comparing Propane vs. Acetylene for Cutting Metal

Every welding shop needs an effective way to cut metal, and a simple torch cutting set up is an ideal option for many. Torch kits are more affordable than a plasma cutter and also provide the option of pre-heating metal before starting a welding project,