Welding with electrode, what do we do without previous preparation? It could be the cause of some headaches.
Many of us are in a real hurry to do some work. We urgently need to get ahead as we can, and do what we can with the breakdown.
Are we really going to gain a lot of time, doing things anyway?
Let’s suppose that “X” time, depending on the repair that is. If we fail in any part of the process and it does NOT look good, it is very possible that we will have to do it again.
Putting in place an orderly process and some caution is the best thing to do. A task with a simple but effective procedure is much more productive for the future.
I will comment on some of the most important and effective to take into account. This series of details, which will not cost us too much. It will give us a better quality and will facilitate the work to develop to weld with electrode.
Checking deformations and correcting
The breaks, their causes are the efforts that the implement suffers for multiple reasons.
We must try to correct them as best as possible, and once corrected, reinforce it. Trying to avoid that it breaks again by the same place says WeldingMania
A second break in the same place complicates the repair and adds more time.
When major deformations occur, it is really very expensive to correct (straighten). It may be more interesting to assess cutting the most damaged area.
We can replace it with a piece of the twin material, with which the working tool is made.
You can really save time even if it seems the opposite. In this way you can recover the original measures that should be preserved, for the effectiveness it will give when you are working.
Do not weld with paint
Paint is one of our major drawbacks to being able to weld with electrode in acceptable conditions.
Its chemical components produce impurities that will mix with the material we provide when welding with electrode.
It is a simple and very effective process. To have a surface to weld with electrode that this well prepared facilitates us, to make a good cord of weld.
The most recommendable way to make this preparation is with a small radial. It is safer for the operator and comfortable to enter small holes.
It is enough to clean the area to be welded and a little more (a couple of centimetres) in the length of the weld bead
A weld without impurities is more resistant. We get a lot of quality in exchange for a well-done detail.
Clean or remove old solder
Breakages usually occur in the weakest areas. These weak areas are usually the joints that are made by welding.
When the seams in the joints are cracked, they are not suitable surfaces to apply another weld bead (I know we all do it, we are in a hurry). With this practice, it is most likely to break again in the same place.
Again, with a small radial, we have to try to remove the old weld, and leave the surface without sticking the old bead.
Sometimes small spaces will limit us, these times we have to consider personal integrity.
It is never important to question personal safety, we will do what we can, but safely. We have as an alternative to reinforce in some strategic point of the implement.
Choose the electrodes we will use.
It is convenient to have some variety with welding electrodes. Their qualities are different depending on the type of effort they will endure.
These also have to be proportional depending on the welding machine we have. These details and others will be dealt with in the near future.
With 3 or 4 varieties of electrodes, of different contribution, we could cover a good number of different works with welding.
Some of them would be used for the pointing of the pieces to be welded, others to make the strongest cords,
And those who have parts or parts in stainless steel, the latter can only be joined with stainless electrodes.
Graduation of intensity in the welding machine.
electrode welding The electrode section or diameter is one of the factors that determines the most appropriate intensity for welding materials.
The thickness of the material to be welded is determining, the greater the thickness, the greater the intensity that we need to produce a good fusion in the materials that we are going to join.
We have to try to adjust these two variables as best as possible. A good graduation will give us optimal finishes in quality.
Do tests before welding.
We must take a piece of iron, which does not serve and adjust the intensity of the machine, before applying any welding to make.
This error would lead us, to clean and prepare again, the surfaces that we are going to join.
It is these small details that guarantee us a good weld, made with more guarantee.
Stitch before welding.
Welding is a process that generates heat. The materials that we are going to join, suffer deformations with the heat that we apply when welding.
This is an important reason to try to minimize heat deformations. Pointing the bodies to be welded is what will give us the best finishes and resistance.
We have to give some welding points, before applying the final bead or beads.
This series of small processes, will provide a quality comparable to that of an expert in the field, are details that will simplify the process, although a priori seems the opposite.
The most interesting thing about all this is that it is very possible that you only do this job once. Having a suitable method will give you more quality and time in the near future.
It is likely that you already have some or all of these recommendations, but if some have not put it into practice, test and tell me how it has gone.
Tell me your suggestions and queries in the comments box. We will advance according to your needs.