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
I’m going to give you some common (and not so common) ideas about where to find scrap metal for welding projects. When going to these places, make sure always to be honest with the owner. Let them know that you’re looking for scrap metal so you can work on your next welding project, (this will get you a lot farther when collecting scrap metal than anything else you can say).Continue reading
When erecting the 5.4-ton Iron pillar of Delhi in India at around 310 A.D., the workers could not know how much influence welding would have on the world today.
Sixteen hundred years later, our progress beyond the ancient forge-welding process is evident. Anywhere you look there are bridges, skyscrapers, airplanes, and even cell phones, all thanks to welding.
As the American Welding Society states: “Welding is the secret ingredient that keeps today’s world together.”
Does that make you wonder: “What exactly does it take to become a welder?”
It’s a great time to take up welding. Welders have never been more affordable, safer, or easier for beginners to use.
While new welders are easy to use, developing basic skills and knowledge can ensure you’ll enjoy welding. Beginner frustration (lack of success) can end a hobby before the fun begins.
But you can avoid disappointment with your new hobby. Choose and read one of the best welding books in this article to:Continue reading
If you’re new to MIG or TIG welding, you may have no idea how much welding you’ll do—let alone how much welding gas you’ll go through.
But you’d probably like to have some sense of how long a welding gas bottle will last before deciding what size cylinder to choose.
I’ll show you how much welding time to expect from the most popular cylinder sizes used by hobbyists. Then you can compare physical dimensions so the bottle will fit your vehicle or welding cart.Continue reading