Welding is a DIY project that is right in the grey area. Do you attempt it yourself or do you hire a professional?
There are lots of valid points on both sides of the argument, but you may decide to do it alone as a DIY enthusiast.
Any self-respecting DIYer should attempt a project before they hire help, and you are no different.
Before you start, you need to be aware of a few factors to make sure the process goes smoothly. Here’s what you want to keep in mind.
Okay, you may not want them to come in and do the job. But, that doesn’t mean you don’t want their help altogether. In fact, a bit of advice from a welding professional is invaluable. They can provide you with all of the basics that you need to do the job, and to do it properly. Plus, they can tell you what form of welding you need and what you don’t. For example, certain household repairs need stud welding solutions as opposed to flux cored welding. Without their advice, you wouldn’t know where to start.
You are dealing with heavy machinery, large materials and a naked flame. As a result, you need to take precautions to make sure you don’t do any damage. The basic safety equipment you will need is a fire-resistant jacket, goggles and a helmet, and welding gloves. You may also want to take a look at the ventilation in the room. The fumes could damage your health if they get into your system. Get rid of them by using an extractor or opening a door.
The Right Welding Equipment
In general terms, you will need all of the safety equipment above as well as a gun to weld. But, it all depends on what type of welding you are going to try. To begin with, you may want to try wire welding because it is the easiest for beginners. In this case, you will also need a spool of wire to feed through the gun. Wire welding heats up the wire as it passes through the gun, so the wire is essential. If you don’t know what you need, take a look at this guide to welding necessities.
And The Right Materials
There are some things that you are not going to be able to weld at home. Some materials are just two big and bulky to put together, so don’t even try. You want to focus on the small and medium sized materials that weld to another object. You also want to stick to metal as anything else won’t work. Plastic and wood, for example, will only burn from the heat of the gun. Welding is a metal to metal process. Please don’t try to make it something it is not.
Welding is a heavy duty process that you can’t do in your living room. You need a lot of space and room to maneuver because of the materials and the danger element. Otherwise, you could set your house on fire!
If you want something done, do it yourself; other wise it’ll never get done. Learn to do it if you don’t know and never despair until you finish what has to be done.