About Marcus Thompson

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Taking Your Welding Education Up A Notch: Learn Stud Welding

by Kaylee Craig

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 arc welding machine, gloves, and face mask
  • One or two different welding wand heads
  • Some stud welding nuts, stud welding bolts, and plain studs

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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About Marcus Thompson

My name is Marcus Thompson and about 8 years ago I found myself raising 3 children on my own. Before becoming a single father, I was too busy in my corporate world to even realize my home was falling apart. However, as I began spending more time at home, I began to notice all of the issues that were quickly causing my home's value to decrease. I couldn't afford to hire a contractor to fix these issues, so little by little, I began learning how to fix these problems myself. Over the years, I became a dedicated DIY enthusiast who is capable of fixing any issue I may encounter in my home. Creating this website is my way of sharing everything I have learned over the years with other parents and homeowners so that they too can begin taking control of any issues they may experience with their home.