PICK THE RIGHT WELDING MACHINE
FOR DOMESTIC USE
A welder’s skills are highly sought after in various fields-
metalworking in construction and modern art, product designs,
the IT and automobile industries and so forth. But if you don’t
want to pursue a career in welding, there are still innumerable
practical uses for welding machines around your home. Besides
the development of a specialized skill that opens avenues in
farming, department stores, mechanics, and woodwork, you will
have the opportunity to work on DIY or do it yourself building
projects, repairs for your car,
metal fences, window frames
(and what have you), hobby
ideas to use up scrap metal- the
uses are endless.
There are three basic types of
welding processes and welding
machines: TIG welding, MIG
welding, and Stick welding.
Here’s a short guide to all three:
TIG (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding): This welding process uses
a non-consumable electrode, a shielding gas and a filler
metal to weld non-ferrous alloys and steel strips. The heat
input is controllable by the welder. It affords a sleek finish,
great precision, and strength to the weld, but is a lengthy,
MIG (Gas Metal Arc Welding): This process makes use of a
wire feeding technique. MIG welding and the shielding gas-
free variation on it- Flux Cored Arc Welding- are both very
convenient welding methods: they are easy to master, and
can produce high-quality welds on both very thin and thick
metal wires and plates. FCAW welders’ ability to perform in
gusty weather and on coarse, dirty metal is a huge plus.
These two methods are most commonly used for
Stick Welding: As the most frugal welding process, usable in
windy conditions, operable both indoors and outdoors, and
effective in joining rusty or low-quality metals and alloys,
this method has for many years found the widest use in
homes and metal workshops. It makes use of an electric
current flowing from a gap between the to-be joint and
welding stick. This welding process is not easy to gain
expertise at, but is the most suitable for hobbyists,
agricultural labourers and domestic metalwork.
Welding at Home: Domestic Uses for Welding
The best part of developing welding skills is the ability to
refurbish your own home with functional, sophisticated,
handmade furniture and accessories economically. Safety
measures like grills and fences can be made in your garage,
repairs stop being a nightmare, mechanics become simpler, and
the hands-on process of building allows you to choose exact
specifications. Here are some ideas for domestic welding and
wielding machines that you might love to know about.
Build or customize your very own fire pit or barbeque.
You’ll find many tutorials for these projects on sites like
Build storage units or racks in your garage or basement for
better organization of your tools, your possessions, and
Reinvent or build a table, stool, lamp frame, chandelier,
mantelpiece, porch swing,forklift, metal cart, bumper for
your vehicle, or even pieces of welded jewellery!
Get down to that fence, bar grill, border protector or field
marker you’ve been planning to buy for ages. Make it
yourself- nothing can go wrong that way.
Add to your expertise by building more welding equipment,
like a metal bender or a downdraft plasma cutting table.
Remember, choosing a welder depends on the safety of using one
based on your level of experience welding. Other than this
important consideration, one needs to think about the thickness
of the metal being welded and the wielding equipments. TIG does
not overheat wafer thin metal like Stick and MIG welding, but the
latter two are much faster processes for thicker metal sheets or
wires. The precision required is also a question: TIG welding is
without doubt the most exact.
The portability and complexity of the welder become a factor
too. Remember, engine and inverter driven machines are
portable. A basic MIG welder is far more economical than a high-
end TIG welder if the consumer only needs it for simple jobs.
Finally, the power source of the welder- whether it requires an
AC or DC current. A variety of metals can be welded using a
combination machine of both. MIG, Flux-cored and TIG welding
can all take place on a Constant Current-Constant Voltage
Choose your welding machines according to the general
guidelines given above or consult a professional for the model
best for you and your work.