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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 […]

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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 […]

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What Is MIG Welding Gas? Shielding Gas Basics

It’s easy to overlook the role MIG welding gas plays in creating a solid weld.  With auto-feeding filler wire and shielding gas, MIG welders are designed to make clean and reliable welds with the pull of the trigger. When learning to weld, I rarely thought about shielding gas. That is, until the first time I […]

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Guide to Welding Joint Types and Parts

Guide to Welding Joint Types and Parts For welders first getting a handle on weld joint design—how pieces of metal are put together or aligned with each other for welding—it’s important to address welded joint concepts separately from the weld. This article will get you up to speed on the main welding joint types and […]

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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 […]

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