I’ve been welding for 40 years in some form or fashion. I’m not the baddest ass welder on earth, I don’t do it often enough anymore to be as good as I used to be, but anyone can be proficient at sticking two pieces of metal together if they practice a little and use some good welding methods. Cleaning material, speed, angle, and welder settings all have an effect on your welding, but there are others as well. In fact, the guys at Weld.com have come up with a list of the 7 most common mistakes people make when welding. Knowing what they are is key to not making those mistakes yourself, so watch this video before you make them the first time or keep making them. Again, this isn’t rocket science.
This video is great because it not only shows you the results of the mistakes, but how to identify them as they are happening. There is a camera angle showing the actual weld puddle and arc as well as an overall shot that lets you hear the welding process happening. This is important, because once you have some practice you’ll realize what a “good” weld sounds like. Now that doesn’t mean you’ll be making pretty welds just because they sound right, but it sure will help because you can learn what the right amperage and speed sounds like.