7 Reasons to Consider Stick Welding Over Other Processes

Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), or what we commonly call stick welding, is one of the oldest welding processes.  Despite being one of the first processes developed, it remains one of the most, if not the most used welding process worldwide.  If you have been working in a fabrication shop for years and using advanced […]

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

We have all heard about the dangers of hydrogen induced cracking.  Hydrogen induced cracking, or cold cracking, is caused when three conditions are present. First, we need a susceptible microstructure (base material related). Second, we need a high level of restraint (design related). And third, we need a threshold level of hydrogen (fabrication related).   Most […]

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 […]

Tips for Vertical Up Stick Welding Using E6010 & E6011

Stick welding can be a challenge for novice welders because of the constant need for adjustment caused by the  shortening of the electrode as it is consumed.  Go out of position and all hell may break loose.  For those of us that are experienced welders a 3F or 3G vertical up with SMAW can still […]

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 […]