Best 110V MIG Welders: What’s in Your Garage?

110-volt MIG welders are portable, handy tools you can power from a standard outlet. And while designed for light duty home use, the best 110V MIG welders are also versatile.

For example, in a car restoration, a 110V MIG welder repairs heavy suspension components with multiple passes at full power. Then, at a low setting, it makes precision spot-welds on thin body panels.

Even the best MIG welders on the market vary in cost, quality, and function. The best choice for others may not be useful to you. That’s why you’ll see seven recommendations for different needs.

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How to MIG Weld Aluminum Without a Spool Gun

You’ve heard the horror stories about MIG welding aluminum without a spool gun—but you’re still thinking of giving it a try.

I get it. Spool guns are expensive and have drawbacks. It’s no secret that aluminum welding is tricky even if you’re using a $250 spool gun.

But if you’re up for the challenge—and have a little patience—I’ll show you techniques and tips to use your welder to MIG weld aluminum without a spool gun.

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Best Work Light for Welding: How to See What You Weld

Trying to weld under dim lighting increases your odds of injury and making terrible welds. It’s just not worth the risk when it’s so easy to remedy this problem.

I’ve narrowed the choices of best work light for welding down to the top ten. The options include task area lighting, along with some general lighting ideas, that will improve the quality and safety of your welding projects. 

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How to Make Small Welding Projects From Scrap

You’ve got the bug to start welding and have purchased your first welder. Now you’re ready to dig in. But where do you start? A great place would be with some small welding projects from scrap.

Using scrap metal will let you experiment without investing in expensive materials. Many items you may already have or you can easily find scrap metal at your local rummage sale or scrap yard.

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What Is MIG Welding Gas? It’s Key to the Best Welds

It’s easy to overlook the vital role MIG welding gas plays in creating a good weld. 

When starting out with MIG, or gas metal arc welding (GMAW), I thought it was cool how the current, filler wire, and the shielding gas all feed through one cable. Pull the trigger and make welds.

And as long as everything works as it should, you have an excellent shot at making a clean, reliable weld with MIG.

I never gave a second thought to the welding gas. Until the first time I forgot to open the gas valve and discovered how ugly an unshielded weld could be.

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Christmas Welding Projects | 25+ Inspiring Ideas for Gifts & Decor

With the holiday season comes a unique opportunity for welders to create a variety of Christmas welding projects. Here you’ll find a large assortment of the best creative holiday projects to inspire you. 

Whether you’re interested in making welded home decor projects, need welding gift ideas or are looking to create items to make money welding, in this article you’ll find the guidance and inspiration that you need.

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Best Welding Boots for All-Day Comfort & Safety

A vital piece of every welder’s PPE (personal protection equipment), we review and compare eight of the best welding boots for men and women.

At a minimum, welding boots must resist red-hot sparks and searing spatter, protecting the welder’s feet from these primary welding hazards.

A pair of good welding boots go further, shielding the wearer from dangers including impacts from dropped tools and heavy materials, electrical hazards, slips, and more.

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Welding Project Ideas For Halloween

Halloween is fast becoming one of the most popular holidays for decorating your home. With your welder and a Halloween welding project or two, you can create your own horrifyingly creative Halloween decorations.

As always, the hardest part of getting started is coming up with ideas. I have put together a list of my favorite Halloween welding project ideas, and I’m excited to share them with you.

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