The 3 Most Common Types of Welding and When to Use Them

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Not all welding is created equal and knowing the 3 most common types and when to use them is very important. Welding has come a long way from the days of the first blacksmiths heating metal in a huge forge and then beating it with hammers on an anvil to create welds. Today, technology has improved so much that the heat of a forge can be focused into a smaller, more defined area that makes repairing and creating anything metal much quicker and easier. The following are the 3 most common types of welding, TIG, Stick, and MIG, and the best situations to use them.

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TIG, tungsten inert gas, welding is a very common type of welding and can be used to weld nearly any type of metal. It uses a tungsten electrode that can withstand an extremely high heat to produce welds. It works by creating an electric arc between the electrode and the surface being welded that melts the metal to its melting point. It also uses some type of inert gas such as helium or argon to protect the area being welded from atmospheric contamination.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

TIG welding can be done on carbon and alloy steel such as bike frames, exhaust pipes, and roll cages for race cars or off-road vehicles, stainless steel, aluminum alloys, nickel, magnesium alloys, titanium alloys, copper and cobalt alloys and even pot metal blends. While TIG welding is the most versatile, it does require the surface to be clean and takes longer than most other types of welding to achieve the desired results.

The Ease of Stick Welding

Stick, also called shielded metal arc, is also a very common type of welding and works well on a variety of metals and can be performed almost anywhere. Stick welding works by passing an electric current through the “stick” and creating an arc at the point of contact. Stick welding can produce a working temperature of up to 7,000 degrees Fahrenheit. It can be used to weld carbon steel, all types of alloy steel, cast, and ductile iron. While it can be used on other metals such as copper and aluminum, those materials are typically handled with other welding techniques. Stick welding is predominately used in the repair and maintenance industries as well as in the construction of steel structures and industrial fabrication.

Stick welding can be performed almost anywhere and is not affected by rain, wind or other poor weather conditions. It is also the simplest type of welding to learn to do. The equipment and supplies needed are also relatively inexpensive making it a great option for a smaller shop or those who move from construction site to construction site. As long as you have a place to plug-in, stick welding can be done nearly anywhere.

MIG Welding Makes Big Jobs Easier

MIG, metal inert gas, welding uses a continuous feed wire as an electrode and an inert or semi-inert gas to protect the area being worked on from contamination. MIG welding is quicker than other forms of welding due to the use of a continuous feed electrode wire that creates a constant arc between the welder and the metal surface being worked on. MIG welding can be used for small or large jobs and requires slightly more experience than other welding types due to its semi-automatic to automatic functioning and potentially complicated welding equipment.

MIG welding can be used on a variety of metals and allows the user to create long, clean welds that make getting larger jobs done faster. It also allows more working time because stopping to change electrodes is eliminated. While it is great for spot and tack welds, it can be used on nearly any type of construction and repair project. MIG welding is not suggested in windy or rainy conditions however due to the possibility of contaminating the area being worked.

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