How to Arc Weld Like a Pro

  1. Prepare your tools. Before you start, make sure you have everything you need to start welding. That means you gather your protective gear, welding machine, chipping hammer, cables, electrodes, clamps, and of course, the metal you wish to weld.

  2. Prep a safe place. Make sure you have a table made of non-flammable material such as steel. Be sure it’s thick enough and the place is far from children.

  3. Use clamps to hold the workpieces together. Do this to keep them in place as you work.

  4. Turn your welding machine on. It’s time to get busy! Turn your machine on. Remember to check the circuit which gives power. Typically, a welding machine needs a special circuit with a rate of 60 amps to 240 volts.

  5. Generate an electric arc. You can accomplish this step by striking the arc. You have to make sure that sufficient heat will be generated in order to liquefy and combine the metal pieces. That requires an electric arc between the object and the electrode. Be sure you’re wearing protective eyewear.

  6. It’s beading time! Make a bead by moving the arc. In case you didn’t know, the bead is the metal that flows with the molten metal from the liquefying electrode. They occupy the empty space between the workpieces that you’re trying to fuse together.

  7. After creating it, you now have to weld the bead by knitting the arc to and fro the weld path using an infinity motion or a zig zag one. The movement allows the metal to spread to the thickness you wish your welded bead to have.

  8. Now, you have to make sure you only get clean molten metal by removing the liquefied electrode every time you make one cycle (from one end of your weld to another). Removing the slag with your chipping hammer and wire brushing the weld every time will do the trick.

  9. Examine your clean weld, check if there are contaminants or defects. This is why you have to clean your weld.

  10. Finally, paint the weld with rust-preventative primer. Do this after it has cooled off. This will prevent it from corroding, especially since metal that is freshly metal attracts corrosion rapidly after being exposed to air and other elements.