Frequently Asked Welding Questions
Country Boy's Welding & Fabrication Inc. experts have put together a list of our clients’ frequently asked welding questions. If your question isn’t fully answered below, we encourage you to get in touch with our representatives for more detailed information.
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What is stick or shielded metal arc welding?
Stick or shielded-metal arc welding is an asset when working with areas that have not been treated to a thorough cleaning or are showing signs of rust. In stick welding, technicians use an electrode to join two metals by conducting electricity into the base material. Doing so causes it to melt, and its flux coating provides the necessary barrier to protect the weld from contaminants.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of stick or shielded metal arc welding?
Stick welding is advantageous for fusing thick metals and is a flexible technique applicable across most industries. It is best suited for thicker materials and is not a great solution for joining thin metals.
What is TIG or gas tungsten arc welding?
TIG or gas tungsten arc welding operates at an extremely high melting point and provides manufacturers with affordable options that meet safety requirements while respecting your budget and deadlines.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of TIG or gas tungsten arc welding?
Often used in metal fabrication, TIG welding offers many benefits, which include the following:
- Welding electrodes are long-lasting and will not melt away
- No requirement for the use of costly filler material for smaller projects
- Ability to gain more control over precision by manually feeding filler rods in for larger projects
- Yields a precision weld that looks polished and professional while meeting all safety requirements
- Excellent for external surface welds
One disadvantage TIG welding presents is that time and resources must be allocated to clean base materials thoroughly before the welding procedure can commence.
What is MIG or gas metal arc welding?
MIG welding employs a thin metal wire fed through the welder, reaching the appropriate heat as it traverses through the machine toward the work site. MIG welding follows one of two processes, which include:
- Gas utilization
- Gasless procedures where a flux core is utilized
What are the advantages and disadvantages of MIG or gas metal arc welding?
MIG welding can be advantageous when you fuse together thin metals like sheet metals and tubing. One disadvantage is that additional time must be spent ensuring base surfaces are meticulously cleaned before welding procedures begin.
What is ARC or flux-cored arc welding?
With a tube or flux core secured into its center, ARC or flux-cored welding provides options for speed and precision that are hard to rival.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of ARC or flux-cored arc welding?
Some advantages of ARC or flux-cored welding include the following:
- Welds do not lose durability outside during weather changes
- ARC welding is the best choice to achieve coalescence when deep penetration is required to fuse thick metal types
One disadvantage is that this welding process can be more costly than MIG and SMAW welding. However, there is an opportunity for cost-savings when you need to move quickly to meet deadlines
What is plasma cutting?
Plasma cutting employs a stream of hot plasma and electricity to penetrate and precisely cut conductive metals with a stream of hot plasma.
What materials do you weld?
Some of the material types we weld most frequently include:
- Stainless steel
- Cast iron
- Magnesium alloy
- And other non-ferrous alloys
How can I find a welder near me?
We encourage you to reach out with your welding questions. Finding a welder near you that can tackle complex jobs can be challenging. We’ll tailor our services to meet your custom specifications.