Josef Gas Is Your One Source For Welding Supplies For The Hobbyist
Do you love unique metal work and sculptures? Want to try your hand at repairing wrought iron fencing or fixing that broken bicycle? If you are new to welding and need some advice on getting started, begin with a visit to Josef Gas! We carry all the welding supplies you need to get started or expand your hobby.
Getting Started With Welding
Welding is a fun hobby that can become a great way to earn some income if you get good at it – simple repairs, automotive work, selling your pieces at festivals and fairs, or maybe you’ll love it so much, you look in to it as a full time profession!
Whatever your welding skill level, Josef Gas can help you get outfitted with the tools, gear, and safety equipment you need. Beginner welders don’t need a lot of welding supplies to get started and what they do use is often simpler, less expensive equipment. To get started, a new welder will need:
- Welding rods/electrodes
- A welding helmet
- Heavy leather gloves
- Assorted clamps
- A grinder (optional)
- Welding table (optional, depends on your needs)
There are many different types of welding. Beginners usually start with some form of stick welding. MIG welding is the easiest process to learn and requires the least amount of skill to create a good weld. It’s a great way to get your feet wet. Once you are comfortable or if you want to explore different techniques, you can move on to explore other methods. You can learn more about the specific welding methods on our blog.
We also recommend starting your new hobby with a basic class. Local vocational schools and art centers may offer classes or you can reach out to professional welders to see they would be willing to show you the ropes.
If you just want to learn more about welding in general and try out some equipment before you take the plunge, visit Josef Gas at 201 Basaltic Road, Concord, ON. Our showroom is fully stocked with the latest welding supplies. Our staff is very knowledgeable and would love to talk with you about your potential new hobby. We can advise you on gear and offer advice or resources you may not be aware of.
Stop in anytime we are open – no need to make an appointment! We look forward to seeing you soon!
The Best Welding Method Depends On The Job At Hand
Did you know that there are over 30 different types of welding processes? That can make it tough to say with complete certainty that one welding method is the absolute best, hands-down. The fact is, NO welding method is the absolute best – that’s why we have 30 different methods in the first place!
The best welding method will vary depending on the job: its requirements, the metals, the location, and operator skill level. In this post we want to take a quick look at a few of the most common types of welding and where and when to use each welding method.
4 Common Welding Methods And Their Applications
- Arc Or Stick Welding. Arc welding is one of the oldest methods and the most cost-effective, because it requires minimal materials. Quick, fast, and portable but requires a good deal of skill to create consistent welds. Best for: outdoor applications, thicker materials (4 mm and above), heavy equipment repair, steel erection, and pipeline welding, manufacturing and construction.
- MIG Welding. MIG welding is the easiest method to learn and works on a wide range of alloys from aluminum to steel, copper, and even bronze. Best for: thin materials, beginners, horizontal positions, automotive and marine repairs, robotics, and fabrication.
- TIG Welding. TIG welding is the most versatile welding method, producing the highest quality welds, but it takes the longest to master and requires clean materials. Best for: larger projects and those requiring a high degree of control like aerospace and automotive, tubing and high-precision manufacturing.
- Flux-Cored Welding. Similar to MIG, Flux Cored welding can be self-shielding, eliminating the need for an external shielding gas and resulting in reduced fumes. It does however, leave slag and does not work well on thin materials. Best for: Thick materials, Steel Erection, Heavy Equipment construction or repair.
Find Your Perfect Welding Method At Josef Gas
Still not sure which method is right for you? Visit Josef Gas in person and talk to our in-house experts to learn more about specific a welding method as well as the tools and best applications for each.
Our showroom is located at 201 Basaltic Road in Concord, Ontario and it is full of the latest welding equipment, just waiting for you to try out!