Most Common Mistakes to Avoid While Welding

Welding operation can often be quite risky and hazardous operation and hence you need to observe plenty of precautions. Whether it is your welding equipment or filler metals or any other consumables, you need to keep proper track of almost everything as there are plenty of scopes where any mistakes may occur.

While performing different types of welding processes using any welding equipment supplied by CIGWELD there is always a chance of committing a mistake. Let us, therefore, learn about them so that they can be avoided in your workshop.

1. Poor preparation

Due to poor preparation not only you will end up having a quality issue with your welding, but often lead to certain unfortunate accidents too. Make sure that all your parts and accessories are in place before you start.

2. Not taking all safety precautions

As we mentioned in the very beginning that welding is one of the most hazardous and risky operations and must always be done by a trained operator. Make sure to use all the necessary safety gear and wear proper dress and shoes.

3. Not having sufficient practice

Avoid hiring an untrained person for any kind of welding operation as it is quite a risky job to do. A person must spend enough time practicing a few dummy jobs before he is inducted to do a real welding job.

4. Handling and storing filler metal in an improper way

This is a very common mistake that you will find even an experienced welder may also often do. If you keep all the filler metals in a certain location that is exposed to various contaminants e.g. dirt, oil, or grease then it can adversely affect your welding.

5. Selecting the wrong wires and electrode

Whatever welding method that you may choose to use, it is quite critical for you that you choose the right wires and electrodes.

6. Repurposing old equipment

You will unnecessarily face downtime by using any old power sources, wire feeders, or welder/generators. This will give rise to unnecessary waste of material as well as your time and as a result, your cost of operation will increase. 

7. Using the wrong sized MIG gun

You will end up incurring unnecessary costs by using a MIG gun having either too-low or too-high amperage. Once you have set up your process then you must stick to that so that you may not waste your time unnecessarily.

8. Buying filler metals only based on cost

Don’t try to cut the corner and buy any cheaper filler metals that may often end up with greater long-term costs as well as lower productivity levels due to the following issues:

  • Excessive spatter
  • Poor wire feeding
  • Weld defects

9. Improper preheat

Improper preheating often ends up with cracking, since it will slow down the rate of cooling after welding. Based on the material type and thickness you will decide the right welding preheat temperature.

10. Shielding gas inconsistencies

You must always use the right type of shielding gas to avoid any weld defects, and also to minimize spatter. Failing to do will result in unnecessary rework cost.

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