Understanding What Field Welding Is

by | Apr 25, 2016 | Metal Fabrication

Although you may have a little bit of experience with welding, field welding can become somewhat tricky and unsafe if the proper processes and procedures are not followed. When it comes to dealing with broken steel out in the field – you are going to really have to know three steps in order to properly fix whatever you are trying to fix. The three steps that should be mastered are, but not limited to:

  • Cutting out the part that is rotted or no longer working properly
  • Preparing the new components to replace the old ones
  • Actual welding itself (and cleanup afterwards)

These are the major steps that anyone will have to be proficient at in order to make their field welding experience a good one. If you are unsure of how to properly weld items together, it is highly suggested to seek professional services.

During the cutting and removal step in the field welding process, you have a few different options that you can choose from to do the cuts. You may be able to utilize a plasma cutting utensil, carbon arc cutting, or the use of some type of saw that will be able to handle the materials being cut (like a Sawzall). Each different method has its own items and environments that they are best used in. Once you have made you cuts (typically a slightly larger area) then you will need to make sure that you have the same materials in which you are going to replace the cut out section with.

The actual welding process is not difficult if you know what you are doing. If you don’t though, a ‘simple’ weld can turn into a long and dangerous project! Amateurs can weld smaller pieces together and they may be perfectly fine but when welding is required on larger machinery or an infrastructure, calling a certified welder is going to be your best bet. They will make the job look easy and more than likely be able to leave a seamless weld where you will never know the item was fixed in the first place.

Avon Lake Sheet Metal really takes pride in their field welding abilities as well as all of their maintenance and fabrications services that they offer. They are well versed in all of the best techniques and methods and utilize state of the art technology. If you live in or around the Cleveland area – make sure you check them out today!

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