A stick welder is the best welding tool for construction industries, but you can also use it at home to make simple steel, iron and stainless steel welds. You can start welding at home once you have the following confirmed or taken care of:
- Get the right electrode
The best stick welder to use at home has a 6011 electrode. This is generally easy to maintain and you can work with it easily in all positions. It also tolerates less than perfect joints. Note that the first 2 digits above 60, represent the tolerable tensile strength per inch and the last two (11) represent the shielding on the rod.
- Accurately set the power
The power and the polarity of the chosen stick welder rod should be considered when working with a stick welder. Most stick welders work with AC/DC current, but you can opt for the DC welder if you want a continuous stream of current. However, you should always check the manufacturer’s recommendations before settling on either.
- Get comfortable
You have to be comfortable for the best welds. The best welders are therefore seen standing sturdily, and with both hands on the handle. You should be able to control the welder to have the best results. You may also consider wearing dry gloves for a stronger grip.
- Direction of welds
Make vertical up welds for larger joints because the welds are critical here and vertical down welds for thinner joints.
In conclusion, a stick welder is easy to use. Once you have the right settings in place, you should ensure that you have safety clothes and devices on including good quality welding glasses to prevent flashes. Otherwise, stick welders are easy to learn, versatile, and money saving.