Meld Metals with Welding and Brazing

You can master these skills, welding and brazing, and take on a whole new world of projects and home repairs.

You can master welding and brazing skills to take on a whole new world of projects and home repairs.
Stick Arc Welder
A stick-type arc welder joins metal parts quickly.
Oxygen Propane Torch
An oxygen/propane torch provides sufficient heat for brazing.
Photo courtesy STEVE MAXWELL
Welding Rods
The kind and thickness of metal to be welded determine the proper choice of welding rod.
Cutting Torch
Welding is only one part of metalworking. You also can cut steel, using oxygen/acetylene equipment with a special head called a cutting torch. Cutting torches come as part of many consumer-grade gas welding sets. In addition to mixing the gases before they exit the torch tip and burn, a cutting torch has an additional lever on the top that releases a narrow, high-pressure stream of oxygen. Once you’ve heated the metal along the cut line so it’s red hot, you press the lever down with your thumb before dragging the torch tip along the cut line. The oxygen blast burns the steel away in a thin line — it’s actually ultra-fast oxidation. Cutting neatly with a torch takes practice, but it is fast and effective once you get the hang of it.
Welding Mask
Welding is perfectly safe as long as you use appropriate equipment and follow safety procedures. This welding mask features auto-darkening lenses.
Photo courtesy STEVE MAXWELL
Welding Gun Tip
Inert gas flows from the wire-feed welding gun tip, shielding the molten weld from oxygen.
Photo courtesy STEVE MAXWELL
Wire Feed Welder
A wire-feed welder’s grounding clamp and welding gun. Inert gas flows from the gun tip, shielding the molten weld from oxygen.
Photo courtesy STEVE MAXWELL

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