What Causes Porosity in Welding? (Solutions & Prevention)

Welding bead that full of porosity defects.

Welding porosity is tiny gas cavities or holes which present themselves in the weld bead. The gas cavities differ in size and are present all around the weld bed in a separate way. They usually present themselves under or on top of the weld surface. The porosity usually isn’t a problem when it comes to …

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What Are Welding Rods Made of?

A pack of welding rod.

The rod that creates the metal bead is called the “welding electrode.” Using an electrical current, the welding electrode can be used to make welding metal beads. The welding electrode is made of two different parts, namely:  The actual metal  The flux coating The actual metal out of which the electrode is made can be any of …

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Slag Inclusion In Welding

Causes and examples of slag inclusion when welding.

In some welding processes, a byproduct called welding slag will often form together with the welding results. But, sometimes, it might cause slag inclusions in welding if the welder was unable to handle the welding process properly. It is a type of clear and glasslike material that is formed due to flux materials melting in or on …

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Fillet Weld: Symbols, Notations, and Guidelines

An Engineer is inspecting and measuring the accuracy of the fillet weld.

Welding symbols and drawings are essential for learning and understanding the correct way of welding. In the case of fillet welding, the drawings and symbols and their correct interpretations are critical to learning the basics of fillet welding. Your correct interpretations of these drawings and symbols can make it convenient for you to control the …

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E6011 Welding Rod (Applications, Amperage Settings & Tips)

Samples of 6011 welding rod.

The E6011 “stick” electrode or welding rod is one of the well-known “fast-freeze” electrode types. Being a “fast-freeze” welding rod, the E6011 electrode can be used in all welding positions. Moreover, the flux coating of the E6011 electrode allows for both DCEP and AC power supply.  In order to correctly identify a certain electrode or …

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Best MIG Welders for Home Use

You would sometimes find yourself needing to do some repairs at home, and doing repairs is part and parcel of home maintenance. If you do not have the necessary tools like a MIG welder, you may end up unable to engage in little repairs at home. Finding the right MIG welder for your home welding …

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