If you took only the basics to learn welding and become certified in it, maybe it is time to learn something new. Stud welding has been around for a long time now, yet it is the most popular method of anchoring metal objects to each other. If you do not know much about stud welding, now is a good time to learn. Here is more on the subject, as well as the equipment you will need to learn it:
Stud Welding in General
Stud welding does use some of what you have already learned as a welder. You weld metal to metal, except, in this case, you are creating a soft opening in a metal object with your arc welding machine, and then forcefully driving studs and stud nuts or bolts into the softened metal. Once the softened metal hardens around the stud, nut, or bolt, it creates an unbreakable bond between the hardware and the metal surface (e.g., an i-beam). If the hardware is a stud nut, it leaves an opening in the center through which a stud or stud bolt can be driven to connect the beam or solid metal object to another beam or solid metal object.
Stud Welding Equipment You Will Need
Thankfully, you will not need a whole lot of equipment when you first take a stud welding class.
You will need:
Your instructor might require a few extras, but the metal objects on which you will practice the techniques are often provided.
Where to Get Your Equipment
Wherever you bought your own welding equipment should sell stud welding equipment as well. If your instructor wants you to have a specific brand, unusual size, less common features, etc., then you may have to shop around until you find the welding equipment sellers that have what you need. If you have trouble finding what the instructor wants, ask him/her where to get the very specific items required.
Usually, the instructor has a particular and favorite stud welding company in mind. He or she may refer you to the company's brick and mortar store or give you the online address so that you can shop for the correct stud welding equipment. Harder-to-find items may only be purchased from the store or website your instructor recommends.
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