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A Pocket Full of 7018 and 5 Stick Welding Tips

Posted by Sparky Sommer on May 18, 2015 11:55:00 AM


Have you ever had one of those days? You know, where you’ve got 6010 in one back pocket and 7018 in the other and the metal seems to stretch on for miles? Now that’s a welding work day many of us can relate to… 

For me, stick welding is where I feel my roots and the proud memories of the dedication and discipline it took to become a pipe fitter and welder. I feel lucky that my first welding job was as a hand on a pipe crew. The craftsmanship and mastery I witnessed there have never left me. I watched my welder make an orange peel bell reducer once, and that set me on the path of learning layout… Of course “Mr. Grinder” and I became very good friends at that point.

Thinking back to those days had me thinking about some of those basic stick welding tips I learned then, and still use today. I hope they’re as helpful to you:

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Topics: welding, ESAB, education, welding basics, STICK, welding tips

TIG tips and tungsten love

Posted by Sparky Sommer on Mar 29, 2015 10:00:00 AM


I have long had a passion for TIG welding and a love for tungsten. It’s a craft that takes your mind off everything else.  

And let's face it, tungsten is the Chuck Norris of the metal world. It even has a hardcore element name - WOLFRAM. Tungsten has the highest melting point at 6,191 °F (3,422 °C), the lowest thermal expansion coefficient, and the highest tensile strength of all pure metals.

Add a little thorium or zirconium and you have a tungsten electrode.

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Topics: Welder, welding, ESAB, ESAB blog, education, metal, welding basics, STICK, TIG, welding tips, TIG welding, tungsten

Intimidated by welding? Don't be.

Posted by Sparky Sommer on Mar 5, 2015 3:03:38 PM


As a former welding instructor, I would often watch as new students walked in and looked completely overwhelmed at all the welding equipment in class. Dials and digital readouts, gas tanks, regulators and torches...

My first goal as an instructor was to put them at ease.

“See all these gizwidget dials? Just wait and let me walk you through it, because it’s so easy,” I would tell them. “It all starts with what metal you want to weld.” 

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Topics: welding, ESAB, education, Fabricator, metal, welding basics, training, STICK, Tweco, Fabricator 211i, TIG, MIG

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