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Tips for Building a Welding Area

Tips for Building a Welding Area

Having an area that is devoted purely to welding is an important aspect for welders to consider.  A designated area allows you to keep all of your welding materials in the same place and creates an atmosphere where you can focus only on your welding jobs.

Choosing an appropriate space is very important to building your welding area.  A medium to large space is recommended.  This will allow you the room you need to work on larger jobs and not feel crowded or unsure if the item will fit in your space.  The next thing to consider is ventilation.  Having the proper amount of fresh air coming into your area is extremely important.  This will help keep the fumes produced by welding from becoming overbearing.  Your area should have large doors or windows that you can have opened while you work.

Welding tools are also important in creating your welding area.  You should have all of your welding tools and materials in one place.  This will make it much easier to work without having to go from place to place looking for what you need.  Keeping all of your clamps, chisels and saws available when you need them will save you time and help get your projects done in a timelier manner.

Remember that not all welding equipment is created equal, having the right equipment for your welding skill is important.  Not all welding tools can be used on all metals, the ability to have everything you need for any possible welding scenario is important.  Different methods require different tanks and materials.  If you plan on working on different materials it is important that your tools are right for the job.

Safety equipment should also be kept on hand and available for easy access should the need arise.  Having extra helmets, gloves, sleeves and aprons is highly recommended.  The last thing you want to do in the middle of a job is have to stop and run to the store.  It is also suggested that a fire extinguisher be kept near your work area in the case of a fire.  This will help you put it out quickly and resume your work.

Ed C.


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