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Solder & Soldering Basics

Learn about the basics of soldering with Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Soldering is used to join two or more metal pieces together with a filler metal. This filler metal is called solder. Soldering is different from welding because in soldering, the work piece isn’t melted. Only the filler metal is melted to join the metal work pieces. It’s commonly used in plumbing, electronics and metalwork, especially jewelry. How Soldering Works(…)

Tap and Die Basics

Learn how to use a tap and die set with Blain’s Farm & Fleet. When you’re working on a home improvement project or doing some metal working, nothing’s more annoying than a stripped screw or bolt. With a tap and die set, you can make a bolt or screw like new. With help from Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can learn what a tap and die set is used for,(…)

Flux Core Welding Basics

Learn the basics of flux core welding with Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Flux core welding, also known as flux-cored arc welding or simply “FCAW,” is a type of wire feed welding. There are many advantages to using flux core welding, most notably its ability to be used in all positions when equipped with the right filler metal. Flux core can be used with a variety of metals, including stainless steel(…)

Plasma Cutter Basics

Learn about plasma cutter basics with Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Using a plasma cutter is one of the most efficient ways to cut through metal. Hot plasma is used to cut through electrically conductive materials, such as steel, aluminum, brass and copper. A plasma cutter can be found in welding and automotive shops, as well as industrial and fabrication jobs. Plasma cutters have even become popular in art metal work.(…)

Stick Welding Basics

Learn the basics about one of the most commonly used welding methods: stick welding. Shield metal arc welding, often referred to as simply SMAW or stick welding, is one of the most commonly used welding methods. It’s versatile and simple, making it popular in a number of industries. Maintenance and repair industries frequently use stick welding. It can also be used in construction to join steel structures and fabrication jobs.(…)

TIG Welding Basics

Learn the basics of the hardest type of welding: TIG welding. Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding, also known as gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), is a welding method used in a number of industries. As one of the hardest types of welding to learn, it requires a lot of practice and patience. It’s typically used to weld thin pieces of stainless steel, and other metals such as aluminum and copper(…)

Welding Safety Tips & Clothing

Find out what you need to know about welding safety to get the job done. Whichever type of welder you’re using, welding safety is a must. Know the hazards of welding and how you can stay safe to get the job done. Welding Safety: Possible Hazards Arc Flash One of the biggest dangers when welding is exposure to arc rays, known as arc flash. Arc flash is a burn of(…)

Welding: Picking a Welder

Each welding process requires a different type of welder. If you are just starting your search for a welder, you may not know about the several different types of welders. Each welder meets a specific need and uses a different welding process. Before you start, find out which welder will best suit both the material you are working on and your skill level. Stick Welding Stick welding, also known as(…)


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