Ever wonder why some welders prefer MIG welding with 100% CO2 shielding gas instead of using a blend of argon and CO2 that’s designed for MIG?
Used to shield the weld from contamination, CO2 is plain-old carbon dioxide. It’s the same stuff used to extinguish fires, carbonate your beer and soda, and keep them cold.
The major advantage to MIG welding with CO2 is its low operating cost. But there are added benefits, along with a few downsides.Continue reading
Whether you’re taking up horseshoe welding as a hobby or want to create projects for some extra cash flow, you’ll need some basic tools to get you started.
You may already have some tools you’ll need in your garage or workshop, so it may be as easy as adding just a few items.Continue reading
Having trouble finding flux core aluminum welding wire?
You’re not alone. There’s plenty of confusion on this topic, and even some deception.
Also referred to as gasless aluminum welding wire, it sounds like a suitable option for a minor welding job. And one that can save you hundreds on welding gas and a spool gun.
Plus, if your welder is a flux core only model, it’s your only option. Or is it?Continue reading
Whether you’re a weekend hobbyist welder, a blacksmith or a professional welder, horseshoes offer endless possibilities for useful metalworking projects. Horseshoe welding projects make great gifts, rustic home or barn decor pieces, garden art, sculpture and so much more.
This fun hobby can also evolve into a nice side hustle to make extra money selling your creations online, at a craft show or at events.Continue reading
Need to know what size wire for welder extension cord safety and performance?
There’s no doubt that a lightweight, undersized cord can derail your welding project. With long runs, extra resistance can lead to cord-melting heat, shorts, and even fire.
At a minimum, you can expect voltage to drop, causing poor weld performance and tripped breakers.
Avoid these issues with this welder extension cord chart. You’ll quickly learn what size wire can carry the load for your welder—at the extension cord length you need.Continue reading
Stray sparks can get past welding helmets, jackets, and leathers.
Because you don’t want a trapped spark to smolder—or burst into flame—under your jacket, a good flame-resistant (FR) welding shirt is an essential part of your PPE (personal protection equipment).
Designed to self-extinguish hot sparks, they protect and provide peace of mind. The best shirts for welding can keep you warm in cold weather, and some even release trapped heat so you can work better when things get hot.Continue reading
This hands-on Hobart Handler 140 review features a welder I purchased two years ago.
My research found this MIG welder popular with DIY’ers tackling the same light welding projects I do: home and business maintenance repairs, auto body work and just creating stuff in the garage.
Many in the market for a good-quality MIG welder for home or small-business use will face a Hobart 140 vs Lincoln 140 decision.
First-time beginners wary of no-name, cheap, knock-off welders (or second-time buyers replacing one) look to trusted brands like Lincoln and Hobart.Continue reading