You have taken the time to figure out the needs of your project. Materials, gauge of metal, what style of welding you will need to be doing to lay that perfect bead. You have the right filler metal for your application after getting all the information you need from your welder friends or your local nexAir retail professional. You either have your welder set up for the project or you have just purchased that MIG, TIG, stick or multi-process machine and you just can’t wait to strike the arc.
While you have spent all this time planning on what to do and the major products that will help you do the job, many people forget the all-important accessory products that are needed for you to get your project started and ended on a safe and complete note.
Before you strike that arc, here are some things that you will need to get for that job or think about upgrading to more modern and advanced versions of what you do have on hand:
The days of the one size fits all helmets are long gone. Helmets today are designed for more comfortable fit and long term wear. New shapes and sizes help protect areas of exposed skin to the weld area. Designs that are both modern, retro, and even classic logos and art work are available from several leading manufacturers. Newly designed sight lenses are available that are auto-darkening and also give you the ability to see clearer to the spot of the weld.
One size does not fit all nor does one style of glove. There are specific gloves for specific welding styles, everything for MIG, Stick, and even goatskin high tactile feel gloves needed for TIG welding. They come in different colors and brands that would match your favorite brand of welding equipment.
The days of boring, monochrome welding wear are history. There is now a sense of style and a welder’s cool when it comes to welding apparel. There are all sizes and styles of aprons, bibs, sleeves, caps, jackets, flame retardant clothing, and hi-vis chaps and jackets. Even for hot and cold weather environments wherever needed. Yet, protection is never sacrificed for style. Today’s welding apparel is designed for maximum protection and flame-retardant durability.
Gas or No Gas
Depending upon your application, you may have chosen a flux-cored arc welding process (FCAW)* to do the job. FCAW is a wire-feed process but differs in that self-shielded FCAW does not require shielding gas. You can rely on the KnowHowTM of your nexAir professional to help you choose the best method. If you are using solid wire, your basic gas choice for MIG/MAG welding is Argon. Helium can be added to your mix to increase penetration and fluidity of the weld pool. In addition, Argon or Argon/Helium mixtures can be used for welding all grades.
So before you start to lay that bead, make sure you are armed with the best safety accessories in welding. All can be found here at your local nexAir retail store or here on line at www.nexairnow.com.