Many are attracted to the look of exotic cars, or are amazed by the seemingly impossibly tall buildings that surround street corners, or even the incredible speeds achieved by a jet plane, but there is behind the scenes work that allows all of these marvelous things to be possible, that is welding. Most do not even consider this crucial component, and are more interested in the end product. The art of welding is so extensive and diverse, allowing all these great creations to be manifested by the same practice. Yet welding is a necessary part in being able to create and advance on these technological feats.
A brief history
Though it appears to be a new practice with all the heavy machinery that is involved, in actuality welding can be dated back thousands of years. An old practice known as forge welding was utilized in those days. This process involves heating two pieces of metal until they glow red, overlapping them and then pounding them together. This process is quite labor intensive, and is no longer a popular practice. Only in areas where there is no technology, is this method still in use.
It doesn’t take much to begin welding, yet there are still tools that are preferred over others. A good weld can be tricky find, especially if you are new to the welding, but if you are interested in the practice there is an endless array of products and companies that are able to provide you with advanced welding technology. Affordable and quality materials can be acquired at a decent price for those who wish to begin at home. As for the basics, you will need a welding rig, items to weld, and lastly safety equipment.
What you need to know
Like many other niches welding is not something that requires an extensive knowledge on how to do, yet those who are professionals must take into account a multitude of different variables. Welding is one those practices that anyone can learn, yet it is difficult to master. Beginning welders can learn to fabricate their own creations somewhat easily. Practice is the best way to take your welding to the next level. There is also an endless pool of instructional videos that are able to teach a first time welder tips, tricks, and techniques. The following is a list of a few basics when you begin welding to take into consideration.
- Safety First
Before you can begin welding, remember that safety is the most important element. A wire brush, chipping hammer, safety goggles, and a minimum of a number ten lens in your welding hood should be a requirement prior to welding.
Keeping your metal clean is also an important factor. Having clean metal allows for a great base to start with.
The thickness of your metal, the temperature, and cleanliness of the metal are all factors that can be taken into account. If you are joining two pieces of metal, depending on the thickness you can begin your bead and keep your rod distance approx.