My name is Garrett Strong…
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When you start learning the mig welding basics you’re going to have an assortment of metals to choose from.
What ever your project is will determine what kinds of metal to use.
A metal artist will definitely use different materials than a fabricator building trailers.
MIG Welding Basics like metal selection will save you time and money!
Are you planning to start welding or you have a cool project in mind?
If so, pick the right metals to start with.
You can easily overbuild your projects when it’s unnecessary to do so. Considering the price of metal these days it makes sense to not go overboard her, especially if you’re a hobbyist.
Now, I want the bridge that I’m driving my motor home across to be overbuilt, but my wife’s pot plant holder? I don’t think so.
So, when you’re choosing your metal be smart about what you buy.
MIG Welding Basics On Cleaning Your Metal
Now, since I’m a huge proponent of choosing MIG welding as a beginners welding process, I want to tell you why it’s so important to clean your metal when mig welding.
When MIG welding you can choose 2 different processes:
- MIG Welding – MIG (Metal Inert Gas – Uses a shielding gas)
- Flux Core – Uses a flux to shield the weld puddle
The only thing is, you have to chip away the slag coating which isn’t always desireable.
When MIG welding, you have a shielding gas to purge the weld puddle of oxygen and nitrogen. MIG welding is great at producing super nice welds with not slag.
However, when welding with shielding gas you should try to remove any rust or other contaminates. If you don’t you could end up with a weak weld with little penetration.
Where To Buy Metal?
There are many places to buy your metal.
I have a local steel yard that provides metal to the construction industry as well as individual hobbyists.
I just go there and have them cut my metal into 10 foot sections, put it in the truck bed and I’m good to go.
Here’s a list of places you can buy metal.
- Local Steel Yard
- Local Welding Shop
- Local Welding Gas Supplier
- Machine Shops
I hope this post has been helpful.
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