Pipe Welding 101 – Getting A Head Start On Welding Technique
Whether you’re a professional or just a novice, there is a lot that goes into successful pipe welding. You don’t just get to lay things together and start welding. Instead, each pipe welding project requires an attention to detail.
Comfort is the key to welding pipe. Before jumping into the weld, find a position that you are able to sit, kneel, or stand comfortable without getting any cramps or shaking. I hate to say it but welding pipe is a lot like yoga! Many welds require the use of odd body positions and you must be able to hold them for the time that you are welding. When finding a body position you need to get comfortable and then visualize making the weld. Practice the weld without actually welding. This will prepare you mentally and physically for the position you will need to be in. At the same time it will expose any areas of the pipe that may give you trouble accessing before the actual welding of it.
For Carbon steel Click to know tests you need to be able to do: Tig root pass with 7018 fill, Tig all the way, and 6010 root pass with 7018 stick fill.
You have what is often referred to as welding processes. Of course, certain processes are better suited to certain types of jobs than others would be. Welders favor the shielded metal-arc welding (Stick welding) process, and the gas tungsten arc welding (tungsten inert gas or “TIG” welding) process when they do pipeline welding jobs.
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After the October, 2011 earthquake in Japan, everybody thought so. However, after Japan completes her study of nukes, and the USA completes it’s safety review of our 102 existing nuclear plants, the flood gates of nuke construction will open, and they’ll stay open.
Your high pressure fittings will go in between the pipes, in an effort to connect everything. Since they’re designed to handle lots of speed and pressure, you won’t have to worry about your pipes coming apart if you use the right fittings.
Other welders, your family, and a whole bunch of other people who think they know better than you will tell you, “You can’t do it.” Screw that! Start telling yourself right now, you CAN do it. If you set out the plan, it will happen. When you set a definite plan in motion – almost like magic, another bunch of people appear and help you make your plan a reality. This is the truth.