Safety first, what you need to know before getting to work

Before you start, you need to know a few things about it. It’s not easy, and it requires a fair bit of knowledge. However, you’re in luck, because we’re going to list some tips that should help you get started. Take a look at these tips; you’ll need them at some point.

Safety is NOT optional!

We all know that safety is one of the most important elements, but few of us pay attention to it. If you neglect the safety element, you risk injuring others and yourself.

First of all, make sure that you have all the necessary safety equipment including gloves, safety glasses, fire resistant jacket, and an attested helmet. Don’t even plan to start without these things. The other thing you need to take care of is the ventilation. Make sure that you have proper ventilation in your workshop. Also, remember not to weld near flammable objects, for obvious reasons. Instead, choose a safe place with plenty of room for the sparks to fly.

The input voltage

There are two options when it comes to input voltage – 120v or 230v.  Both are available in most homes or workshops.

The lower voltages are good for penetrating thin materials, whereas the higher voltages are suitable for thicker materials. Most DIY welders would benefit from a unit that offers dual voltages so that they can “get a feel of it.”

The ease of use

If you’re a beginner, you should opt for a unit that has an easy-to-use interface. These machines can be quite hard to tweak, especially the ones with a lot of features. Therefore, if you’re just getting started, opt for a machine with user-friendly controls. Also, make sure that you comprehend the controls and settings, before setting up the machine.

The consumables

If you’re not familiar with the term, “consumables” is used in the industry for the wire, electrode, or materials used. The most important thing is to match your consumables with the materials you’re working on. Take a moment and conduct research about the suiting materials and you won’t have any issues.