Welding aluminum is much more challenging that welding steel due to the different characteristics of the metal. Aluminum is different to steel because it melts at around 1200 degrees but is coated with an oxide layer that melts at around 3700 degrees.
Stick welding (SMAW or Shielded Metal Arc Welding) is one of the most popular welding processes along with MIG and TIG. It’s a simple procedure that is popular with outdoor welders due to it not being affected by wind – unlike MIG and TIG welding which uses gas cylinders. Our full guide will teach you the advantages and disadvantages of stick welding, how to set up for stick welding, stick welding processes and troubleshooting tips.
The best welding safety practices are often common sense such as covering your body, but it’s essential to familiarize yourself with all the best practices and equipment to ensure the highest level of safety for you and anyone else in the welding environment. Below we’ve written an article to lead you through a basics of welding safety from what clothing is best to wear, to how to make sure you have a safe welding environment. Whether you’re just welding alone in your garage, or if you run a welding workshop business, it’s absolutely vital that you read through all the safety manuals of all the equipment you purchase before using it. The same goes for anyone else who may be operating this equipment.
Introduction to MIG Welding
MIG welding (also known as GMAW) is a really popular type of welding that’s frequently used for welding low-alloy steels and is well suited for welding autobody parts and home-repair projects. It’s a simple process to learn, which is why so many hobby welders use it as their preferred method of welding. This MIG welding guide will teach you everything you need to know to start MIG welding.