Welding A Bead
- Before going into the welding booth, make sure that your hair (if long) is tied up with a hair tie and that you have your saftey glasses on. Also, make sure that you are wearing pants and closed toed shoes so the sparks dont burn you.
- Put on your welding jacket, your gloves and your helmet. When you put on your helmet, tighten or loosen it to make sure that it is secure on your head.
- Once you are ready, grab your desiered piece of metal to weld the bead onto.
- Go into the booth and make sure all your supplies are present.
- Close the curtain on the booth so that the sparks and bright light doesn't peak out.
- Clamp down your piece of metal with the welding clamp.
- Grab the electrode holder in the hand you write with. (Make sure to keep your thumb on the release so if your electrode gets stuck, you can release it. )
- Put an electrode in the electrode holder.
- Turn on the amperage machine
- Put your welding helmet down and strike the electrode on your piece of metal.
- When you strike the electrode, you strike it like a match.
- when your electrode gets a spark, hold the electrode over the piece of metal with an eighth of an inch between the electrode and the piece of metal.
- To weld the bead, you move the electrode along the piece of metal in a circular or zig-zag motion.
- You move slow enough to have a puddle but fast enough so you dont burn through the metal.
- Your electrode will burn up as you go along, so you will need to move it closer and closer as your bead goes along. ( still keep an eighth of an inch between the elctrode and the metal.)
- When finnishing up your bead, you circle around at the end and move your electrode away from the metal.
- Turn off the amperage machine and if there is any electrode left, release it from the elcetrode holder.
- Your mtal will be extreamly hot, so grab it with a pair of pliers and remove it from the clamp.
- Cool down your metal in a bucket of water.
- let it stay in the water for at least 30 seconds.
- After the metal is cooled off, take off your gloves and grab it with your hand.
- Take the piece of metal over to a table or a stable surface.
- grab the chipper with on hand and hold your metal with the other.
- chip the slag off of the bead by hitting the bead with the chipper.
- After all the slag is off of your bead, use a wire brush to clean off your metal.
- After that, you're done with your bead.