News: Quick Tips

  • Ryan Piche from Edmonton, Alberta says:
  • Put away the inverted 5 gallon bucket and build a simple crate step up.
  • Need a magnetic screwdriver?
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  • In a bind and can't find your dielectric grease?
  • Loosen a rusted bolt? Look no further than your kitchen...
  • A great way to keep your wires straight uses plastic tag ties and clothes pins...
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  • Use a dryer sheet to get rid of those stuck on bugs from the front of your car.
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  • Now that you have picked the perfect Millermatic® MIG welder for your welding projects, it is time to cover some of the basic questions we get asked. What type and size of wire should I use? This really depends on what you are welding. First you want to match your materials. If you are welding mild steel, aluminum, or stainless steel, make sure you are using the matching wire. Since steel is the most common this is what we?ll cover. With steel you really have two basic choices, solid wire and flux-cored wire.
  • Now that you have picked the perfect Millermatic MIG welder for your welding projects, it is time to cover some of the basic questions we get asked. What is the proper technique for MIG welding? If the machine is properly set, you should be able to find a steady travel speed that gives you a weld bead that looks similar to Figure 6. Finally, MIG welding takes practice. Grab some scrap material and weld, in no time you will get the feel for it and be making good welds.
  • To make a high quality TIG weld, cleanliness of the material is equally as important as proper technique. And when I say ?material?, I?m talking both the base material you are welding on AND the filler material you are using. The following are some good points to remember when preparing to make your weld:
  • Miller Welding and Cutting Tips for Gearz Plasma Cutting Tip #2 Plasma Cutting Air Quality Trouble Shooting Plasma cutting has become very popular for anyone cutting metal in the garage, in the shop, or in the field. Plasma cutting equipment is getting smaller, more efficient and more cost effective making it a great tool for guys that have metal cutting needs. One of the most common problems that operators experience while using a Plasma cutting tool is premature wear of consumables (tips and electrodes) due to poor air quality.
  • Neglecting to wear proper welding protection might seem harmless, until a piece of slag ends up burning through your favorite t-shirt and possibly your skin, when you'll wish you had taken the extra ten seconds to gear up with the appropriate products. Over the years certain welding safety manufacturers, such as Miller, have made great strides in not only creating products that offer protection but also comfort and style. Head & Face Protection
  • The idea of learning to TIG weld is often thought of as a pretty daunting task. Couple together unfamiliar equipment with improper weld technique, and throw in the misconception that 'only elite welders can TIG', and it's enough to prevent someone from even giving it a shot. However with a few simple pointers on technique, you can prevent the majority of the bad habits that get most beginning TIG welders in trouble. It boils down to 4 simple tips:
  • Clear Nail Polish...just the answer for every guy with a garage!
  • Need to work the wax from the little cracks on your ride?
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  • Over time, the jaws on your vice grips will round off and lose their "bite"...when this happens...
  • How about solving those valve cover problems with windshield adhesive? It works...
  • The Freezer can help install your bearings...
  • If you are using a Universal Joint on your ratchet and you need to keep it locked in a position...
  • A little tried and true fact that I have found is to use cheap automatic transmission fluid (ATF) as an engine flush prior to changing your oil. Just pour a full quart in, let it idle for about five minutes, and drop your oil.
  • David Hyde from Richardson, TX says:
  • Superglue for nasty nicks and cuts...
  • Work around difficult angles with this spark plug tip...
  • Tip from Stacey...