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Think about weld penetration

Monday, January 7th, 2013

When welding thick to thin or thinner material, concentrate or point the gun more at the thicker material and roll the bead toward the thinner material. This will help with adequate penetration on both the thick and thin piece. Take precautions to prevent warpage. When welding thin material, you may want to place a thicker piece of copper or aluminum behind the weld area to help “sink” the heat away (which prevents warping). This also will help with burn-through. Keep in mind that if you are welding on a table, you’ll want to get one with a thick metal top. A top with a ¼-in steel plate or thicker will not warp while you are welding on it. Do not place a metal plate on top of a wooden table. It will still burn the wood. I know it sounds like common sense, but it happens….

Until next time,

Andy Weyenberg
Motorsports Marketing Manager