Becoming a better welder is something that comes instinctively as you practice the craft more and more. Although, some tips can make you better at it almost instantly. Here are some ways to improve your welding abilities by making just a few tweaks.
Dealing With Thick Steel
When welding material that is 1/8 inch thick or more, adjust the temperature, voltage and wire speed on your welder to produce a higher quality finish. Doing so is especially helpful when dealing with horizontal and flat fillet welds.
Use Globular Transfer for a Short Arc
When dealing with a shorter arc, and not the conventional short circuit, use the large pieces of wire coming off the end of the welder. It will provide a deeper penetrating well, but it can cause more splatter, so be careful.
The easiest way to be a better welder is by preparing the materials you are about to weld ahead of time. That means removing dirt, paint and other surface contaminants before you start.
Master Angles and Understand Speed Control
There are many things to learn when it comes to welding. That being said, you can quickly get better at it if you were able to control the pace at which you perform, your angles, and the direction of your welds.
The right gases for a MIG Welder
The gas you should use for MIG welds should almost always be 100% carbon dioxide. You might need to switch to a more expensive shielding gas if the specifics of your project can support it.
Have Plenty of Electrodes
Electrodes are needed for welders, and the coatings are vital for preserving the metal and improving the weld. You will want to hold all your wires close at hand so you can better progress with your welding project.
Master Welding Aluminum
Aluminum is particularly challenging to weld. Once you accomplish that, welding anything else becomes much more natural.
Mending High-Strength Steel
It’s a lot easier to maneuver high-strength steel when you preheat the material for longer. The higher the carbon content of the steel, the more preheating you will have to do.
Diagnose Cracked Welds
Any time you weld material, you have the opportunity to learn, including when your welds don’t hold up or go as planned. Take these opportunities to learn from your blunders, so you don’t make them again.
Gravity is always working against you when welding. Do your best to keep your materials in the best position for your weld to form and not the way gravity wants to hold it.
In general, you should try to zero in on high-stress areas for your welding projects and then tackle them. Doing so will not only help you perform better, but it will also have you thinking in depth about the project. Merely being more proactive about your work will lead to a better finished product.