Practical Welding Today®

July/August 2006

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Selected articles from the July/August 2006 issue available online:

Aluminum Workshop: Preheating aluminum

December 12, 2014

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Q: What preheat temperature should I use when welding aluminum? I’ve heard different numbers, and I know they can’t all be right. A: Let me begin with a bold statement: If you have the right equipment, you never need to preheat when welding aluminum. I have gas tungsten arc-welded (GTAW)...

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Arc Welding 101: How to motivate a welder

November 4, 2014

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Many people have asked me how to motivate welders in the shop. The following are some ideas. Money. If a shop doesn’t pay well, it won’t attract good welders. Health benefits and a 401(K) plan show that a company cares about its employees. Safety. Shops must be safe to work in; every worker,...

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Starting a portable GTAW business

September 12, 2006

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Thinking about starting your own portable GTAW business? This installment in a series about this topic focuses on the potential customer base and the welding repair needs of specific segments. It also offers pricing tips for various jobs.

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Starting a portable GTAW business Part I: Know your tools and skills

July 11, 2006

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Starting a portable GTAW business takes a lot of hard work and dedication, but it also takes the basics of knowing how to start it. It's important to learn about what equipment you need, how to set it up, and how to evaluate your welding before you take your first job.

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Control risk with lockout/tagout

July 11, 2006

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Lock-out/tag-out procedures are critical when you're dealing with equipment or machines powered by electricity, steam, hydraulics, gas, compressed air, or a combination of sources.

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Innovation rides the waves

July 11, 2006

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As aluminum becomes more and more readily available for various manufacturing applications, the boat-building industry is taking notice. To build its patented vessel design, Aluminum Chambered Boats has found that arc welding - both GMAW and GTAW - is a critical technology.

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Cracking the case

July 11, 2006

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Before welding abrasion-resistant plate, it's important to take certain precautions and choose the most appropriate filler metal for your application and weld metal.

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