TIG Welding Tips For Beginers
TIG Welding stands for Tungsten Inert Gas welding. It is a manual welding process in which an arc of electricity is used to produce a high intensity heat layer, which melts the metal surface and make it easier to weld the metal or make the joints. Also known as arc welding, it uses a tungsten electrode to produce an arc of electricity. Argon is used as an inert gas to shield and protect the metal surface from contamination, during the welding process. A filler metal can also be used if required.
TIG welding is a manual process and both hands are used to handle the torch and the filler metal. As compared to MIG welding, TIG welding is slow but cheaper and it can be used to weld a variety of metals. Generally, a pure tungsten electrode is used during the welding process, but various tungsten alloys can also be used according to the metal that needs to be welded.
The TIG welding process has been discussed time and again…and anyone who has some experience in welding must have tried TIG welding at some point in their lives. There are always some tips and techniques to every welding process which make the welding much easier and quicker. I have collected a comprehensive list of TIG welding tips you can use while working with the best TIG welder that are available, which will give you confidence of knowledge and help you kick start with the welding process.
TIG Welding Tips:
- Safety comes first in every welding process. You must invest and buy good quality safety equipments for your welding workshop. Insulating gloves and clothing, Welding helmet and glasses and foot protection are the must haves for any welding process.
- To begin the TIG welding, you must be well aware of appropriate torch positions and angles. A TIG welding torch is ideally held at an angle of 70 or 80 degrees. The tungsten electrode should never touch the metal surface or it will cause contamination and scarring of the electrode tip. Generally it is advised to hold the electrode tip at a distance of 1/4th of an inch.
- Foot Pedal Control is also an important aspect of TIG Welding. Foot pedal controls the supply of current to TIG Torch and thus the intensity of heat to the weld puddle. You must control the Foot pedal according to your weld puddle. Ideally, the weld puddle should not grow wider or narrower than ¼ inch.
- The filler metal is used to get strong welds and it depends on the welding piece, whether you require a filler metal or not. If you are using a filler metal, hold it an angle of 15 degrees from the work piece and when the weld puddle begins to form, move the filler metal into the puddle. This process is gentle but quick.
These are just some of the TIG Welding tips, but if you are a beginner following these tips will suffice you to get a clean, good quality weld. Once you are an experienced welder, you can try various other techniques like changing the size of welding rod or using some other inert gas in place of argon. All these things vary with circumstances and the type of metal you are going to weld. Happy Welding!!