The DIY Welder.
Introduction to Welding
Plus “Learn to Weld Like a Pro” Guide
Want to be a DIY welder? Here’s an introduction to welding that covers the different types of welding to start off your welding education.
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While it is very comprehensive and covers the usual stuff like how to stick weld, you will also discover great welding secrets like how to weld cast iron, how to weld stainless steel, how to weld aluminum and more!
Why Everyone Should Learn to Weld.
In the old days most farmers and home handymen had a stick welder (also known as an Arc welder) in their shed and could pretty much weld up anything from a gate to a fish tank stand out of bits of steel they had lying around their workshop.
Graeme today carries on the tradition on our small farm. When there's a curbside trash collection in our neighborhood, we keep our eye out for metal "treasures" (like old bed frames, metal pipes, gates and weldmesh) which come in handy all the time to whip up a staggering array of extremely useful welding creations.
Types of Welding
There are basically 4 types of welders available to the home handyman.
1. Transformer, Arc or Stick Welder.
These have been around for 20 to 30 years and easy to pick up cheap from farm sales. These machines run on mains power and use welding rods.
They are a bit of a blunt instrument but ideal for welding heavy steel components such as trailers, fences, and gates. If interested in how to weld cast iron, then the DIY welder can learn how to arc weld as it will do the job for you.
2. Gas or Oxyacetylene Welder
A gas welder comprises 2 gas bottles – oxygen and acetylene. When these 2 gases are mixed properly you can weld small panel steel on an automobile, heat steel for bending, or cut steel.
One disadvantage of these types of welders is that you need to hire the gas bottles, pay for the gas used.
Another is that when you are trying to weld small areas (for example in car panel work) it creates a lot of heat which can distort the panels unless in very experienced hands.
This kind of welder is suitable for steel, stainless steel or aluminum. You can also braise copper pipes with it.
3. MIG Welder
The most popular welder used in the world today is the MIG welder. These days the versatile MIG welder is a very affordable option and can be used from fine 1mm steel to 10 mm steel - all with the one machine.
With these, they also can run on gas. They can also be bought in a gasless model (single or 3 phase power depending on the model) but these are not as easy to use and do not give you as good a weld.
Once you learn how to MIG weld you can do extremely fine panel welds on steel or aluminum or even stainless steel (the MIG doesn’t weld copper). They can also be adjusted for welding heavy steel (eg gates, trailers, trucks etc). These are very versatile and with practice you can weld most materials with good accuracy and low distortion of the material.
4. TIG Welder.
The latest welder is the TIG welder which also uses gas and electric. Those who learn how to tig weld use it mainly for very fine auto panel work. Its main properties are small welds with very low heat which give negligible panel distortion.
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