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The TAB Guide to DIY Welding : Hands-on Projects for Hobbyists, Handymen, and Artists by Jackson Morley

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CHAPTER 2

 

Welding 101

 

What Is Welding?

At its most basic, welding is a process of joining materials so that the result is a continuous solid. It seems silly, but I find it helps to look at the definition of continuous; it means “an unbroken whole (solid) without interruptions.” This means that if you have two pieces of steel and you weld them together, the result is one uniform piece of steel without interruptions. People generally think of welding metals such as steel, aluminum, titanium, cast iron, or copper, but welding even can be used to join plastics and synthetic fibers. Because of the diverse properties of these materials, welding takes on many forms in terms of tools and procedures used.

To weld steel, you first must be able to bring ...

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