Thursday, March 8, 2012

Arc Welding Intro: Flux Core Welding Projects Explained

Hey guys,

This arc welding projects video may seem a bit random, but I just made a tutorial for people who want to learn how to weld. This tutorial is designed to show how one can learn to take up flux core welding for hobbies without needing any experience or expensive equipment! If you're really keen on learning welding from the basics to the advanced methods, learn how to weld with this in-depth guide.

Welding For Beginners: Video Guide To Flux Core Wire Welding

If you have welded before (and don't want to see the boring intro), fast-forward to 9 min and 58 sec to see the actual welding. The trick to reducing your spatter is covered starting at 9 min and 15 seconds (or so).

Flux Core Welding Tutorial: Easy, Inexpensive Arc Welder Projects

I hope to help those whom have never welded before and do not have the money to spend on expensive equipment but want to learn how to weld for hobbies or fixing things around the house. Flux core welding is great for hobbies, diy automotive repair, and fixing things around the house. In my opinion, everyone should know the basics of welding so they are prepared to fix anything and don't have to rely on expensive professionals who provide the same practical results. These downloadable manuals are another great way to teach yourself how to weld for those who prefer reading. I really hope this video tutorial helps, and I would love to hear your comments here!

Welding Equipment For Hobbies: Affordability and Simplicity

If you're on the fence about wanting to start welding your own projects like in this video, but you think you need expensive equipment, you may want to check out these items:

You'll see that you can get started with flux core welding for less than $100 dollars. If you want to weld like I did in the video above, it's about $250 because of the auto-darkening welding helmet (which I realized isn't necessary at all - flipping up the visor manually is not that difficult haha). If you're welding for an extended period of time, and you're welding different spots on you're work piece consecutively, you may want to invest in a $50 auto-darkening mask for convenience.

Arc Welding Safety Precautions and Equipment

Remember: safety first! I know everyone, especially those who are just starting out, wants to save money, but never cut corners on safety when it comes to welding (or machining). The arc from an arc welder can reach temperatures of over 20,000 degrees Fahrenheit (some even hotter). Your work piece will not cool down fast at all, and you cannot tell whether it has cooled down by the way it looks. Just because it isn't red hot anymore does not mean it won't give you third degree burns. Never weld without a proper visor to protect you from the ultraviolet radiation which comes from the arc (you can't see it). It is not the brightness of the arc welding that damages your corneas but the harmful UV radiation invisible to the naked eye. The UV radiation in arc welding can also harm exposed skin, thus you want to make sure you are always covered from head to toe. Leather is best because it is naturally heat resistant, but cotton or denim works well too (any natural materials).

Thanks for watching/reading! :-)


  1. Brilliant tutorial, thanks for sharing it.

  2. Thanks! I hope it helps you find the right welder and saves you some money :) A lot of people buy really nice welders when they don't even need them. You can do quite a bit with a flux core welder and it can go places a MIG welder cannot.

  3. while welding one must always think of safety first.


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