Welding is largely viewed as a tough, masculine job to handle, but I can assure you that anyone can do it. As a painter, I have been spending a lot of time in a welding workshop painting all the welded items.
With time though, I have developed a keen interest in welding and now, I am ready to advance my welding learning. One thing I have learned though is that it is not hard at all. I have also learned that having a welder at home is quite beneficial if you are savvy with your hands. You can do welding repairs on your cars, bicycle and metal items at home and save money.
Here is how to get started in welding
Learn about the different welding techniques – That is right. To an untrained eye, welding looks like just that – welding, but nothing could be further from the truth. But you can never learn to distinguish these welding techniques until you learn about them.
The most popular one is MIG welding where you use a welding wire that melts. Since the item that you are welding melts, the two molten substances fuse and cool down bonded as one. However, as you will see when you do some research, MIG, TIG and other welding techniques are types of arc welding.
Buy the gear and the equipment
Welding equipment is not cheap, but it lasts a long time if you take good care of it. The first and the most obvious piece of equipment that you are going to need is the welder. There are cheap and costly varieties on the web, but it is better to spend more money on a machine if you would like to use it for a long time.
You will also need to buy the right helmet for the job. Now, welding helmets may look like something from the Iron Man movie series. They have a shield for your eyes and besides, they also protect your head. Choose a light helmet because you will do a lot of bending and rising.
Gloves, welding boots and coveralls come a close second. For welding boots, make sure they have a metatarsal cover so that your shoelaces do not catch fire from the sparks.
Learn as much as you can
As you have seen here, this art is a bit complex for beginners. You can see that the names alone sound like jargon. Thus, you should read up on this course, see what these words mean. You will also learn different techniques and for which items they are most applicable.
You will also learn how to repair the metal for welding. Some metals such as stainless steel and aluminum require to be cleaned before you can start welding and even amidst welding. However, for other metals, you may only require to clean them after welding.
You also need to learn how to finish some of the welds, depending on where the items you are welding will be used. For example, medical equipment requires to be finely welded and grinded. If you are making stuff for your home use, you would not need to worry too much about having a professional finish.