Proper Storage of Welding Consumables

How to store stick electrodes, and mig, flux-cored and metal-cored wires

Proper storage of both opened and unopened packages of welding consumables is crucial. It should avoid quality issues such as porosity, excessive slag fluidity, rough weld surface, difficult slag removal and more importantly, elevated levels of diffusible hydrogen which can lead to cracking. Adequate storage, handling and re-conditioning of electrodes vary according to type.  The […]

Storing and Re-drying Low Hydrogen Electrodes

Low hydrogen stick electrodes come in hermetically sealed cans to prevent moisture pick up. However, once the package is open the coating can be above permissible levels of moisture within a few hours. The rate of moisture pickup depends on several factors including but not limited to relative humidity, electrode coating characteristics, and storage locations. […]

Deposition Rates for Stick Electrodes

Although most people may believe that stick welding is antiquated and a bone-headed choice for a welding process, this is simply not true. It is true that in production welding, especially in a controlled environment like a fabrication shop, the use of stick welding is typically a big mistake due to its low efficiency, extremely […]

Welding Cast Iron

Cast iron is not impossible to weld, although many that attempt to do so end up with a cracked weldment. The reason welding cast iron is a big challenge is that it contains up to 4% carbon.  This is an insane amount, considering that any material with a carbon content above 0.30%  is already considered […]