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Baker's Gas and Welding Supplies has all of your welding needs.
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We've Got Everything a Stick Welder Needs (https://goo.gl/G21qmJ)

Happy November, everyone! Today is the first of arguably our favorite month, as November is when we get Thanksgiving. What could be better, after all, than a day devoted to enjoying food and beverages with your family and friends?

We can't think of too many things...except possibly getting an amazing deal on a stick welder and #weldging gear a stick welder would need. And speaking of being thankful, welders around the country are thankful that Baker's Gas and Welding provides a wide selection of stick welders and consumables.

If you're looking for a new stick welder, we have some general advice:

"When purchasing a stick welder, to have a general all-purpose fine welder, consider a 225 to 300-amp machine. Most stick welding procedures only require 200 amps, so having just a little more gives you more flexibility for bigger jobs if needed. If faced with a job that would require more than the 300 amps, such as metals over 3/8" thick, just make several weld passes. Smaller welders, (115-volt) can only handle a metal thickness of 1/8" whereas larger welders (220 volt) can weld a 3/8" thickness in one pass."

"Be sure to know your arc length. Arc length varies with each electrode and application and the best rule of thumb is to use an arc length that is the same distance from the metal as the thickness (diameter of metal portion/core) of your electrode. Be careful not to hold the electrode to close (produces erratic arc and high crown bead due to the decreased welding voltage) or far from the metal, which will produce, significantly more splatter, low deposition rates, and other issues."

Click here to check out all of our stick welders as well as consumables and protective gear: https://goo.gl/G21qmJ

#stickwelding #welder #bakersgas
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How Magswitch Magnets Can Help Improve Your Welding Accuracy (https://goo.gl/YTbeXR)

It doesn't what your job is - if you take pride in what you do, you should always be looking for ways in which you can improve. Think about it - you would much rather go to a doctor who's constantly trying to better his or her techniques over a doctor that isn't, right? The same applies to those of us in the #welding trade. The more we aim to improve ourselves, the better welders we'll become.

And speaking of aiming, a big part of good welding is accuracy. It can be one of the toughest things that new welders master - thankfully, as we detail in this latest #BakersGas blog entry, Magswitch Magnets are here to help, such as the ingenious Boomer Angle you see pictured here:

"Weld metal workpieces in a variety of positions with the fully adjustable Boomer Angle that holds the metal in place with its powerful magnets. This 10" adjustable angle offers two heavy-duty magnets that can offer hundreds of pounds of breakaway force. For instance, the 50 mm option has 550 pounds of breakaway force."

"All of the Magswitch magnets that are used for welding projects release from the metal workpieces easily once turned off, and all debris immediately falls away when the magnet is switched off. Any remaining debris is easily wiped away. The Boomer Angle pivots for inside and outside angles, and you can rotate the magnets for an unlimited range of angle options while welding."

We carry a lot of Magswitch Magnets in addition to the Boomer Angle that will all make your welding life easier! Click here to read the rest and check out our full selection: https://goo.gl/YTbeXR

#welder #weld #work
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The Robots Are Taking Over...Welding? (https://goo.gl/Ek6gPu)

The idea of a #robot uprising has long been a fixture in science fiction. The sophistication of how they're depicted has increased quite a bit since the boxy costumes with flashing lights as seen in movies from the 1950s, but the idea remains the same - as our technology increases and robotics become better, the robots eventually take over.

In the real world, the fear surrounding robots is usually related to how they are making some previously human-held jobs irrelevant. In the #welding world, this is still a way off - but that's not to say that robotic welding hasn't made some notable advances in recent years.

And it's not all negative for human welders, either. As this Hackaday article explains, sometimes robots can do jobs that are too dangerous for human welders, such as making the machines that create Oriented Strand Board, or OSB:

"The presses used to make OSB are a massively parallel operation. 20 or more boards can be pressed at once. Thy press is also a prime area for damage. A nut or bolt hidden in the wood will dig into the press, causing a dent which will show up on every sheet which passes through that section. The only way to fix the press is to shut it down, partially dismantle it, and fill the void in with a welder. [Joel's] robot eliminates most of the downtime by performing the welding on a still hot, still assembled press."

It's pretty interesting stuff! Check it out at the link above, or click here to check out Baker's Gas and Welding: https://goo.gl/jvUOcP

#technology #robotics #bakersgas
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Why YETI Coolers and Mugs are a Great Idea All Year Round (https://goo.gl/1c41JQ)

We wouldn't blame you for immediately thinking of summer when you think of #YETI coolers and mugs. After all, there's no better season to get outside and keep your beers icy cold for hours, even days than when you're enjoying a summer barbecue or get together.

But the fact remains that even in fall or winter, there's always a good excuse to use your YETI! They are built to last a lifetime and are beloved by just about everyone who has one. Why? Let's find out:

"All YETI products live up to their slogan, 'Built for the Wild.' They are known for the high-class coolers you see serious fishermen with and country music stars singing about. Two brothers founded the company in 2006 to create a product that would last and be enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts. YETI coolers are made to be thrown into the beds of pickup trucks, used as a casting platform for fishing, or even an extra seat around a bonfire. They truly are one of the toughest coolers on the market."

Trust us - once you go YETI you'll never be able to go back to another cooler again! Click here for more information and to browse all the YETI products we're proud to offer to our customers: https://goo.gl/1c41JQ

#yeti #cooler #bakersgas
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Some Possible Home Remedies for Treating Arc Eye (https://goo.gl/iDQgzs)

Even if you've never made a weld in your life, you probably don't need to hear it from us that #welding can be a very dangerous job. And as with many other types of dangerous jobs, you can run the risk of injury while on the job as a welder.

Most welders know that safety is of paramount importance while working with molten metal and noxious gases. And most welders also know that when it comes to protecting yourself, you need a good helmet that protects your eyes from the dreaded arc eye.

Also known as welder's flash, arc eye occurs when your eyes are exposed to the ultra-bright UV lights that are present during welds. Essentially, it's a sunburn on your eyeballs.

Ouch.

This article from Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (ISHN) lists how to diagnose arc eye and what you can do at home to treat it, including:

"Take pain-relieving medication such as paracetamol, ibuprofen or codeine. Check the packet for the right dose. The pain is likely to last about a day."

"Don't wear contact lenses until your eyes have healed."

"Wear sunglasses if your eyes are sensitive to light."

"Use artificial tears or lubricants to help any discomfort in your eyes. You can buy these products over the counter at most pharmacies."

"It is important to return for a check-up when your doctor advises."

Click the link above to learn more about what to do if you suffer from welder's flash or arc eye...or better yet, click here to make sure you have one of the best and most protective welding helmets available for protection: https://goo.gl/jvUOcP

#arceye #weldingsafety #weldersflash
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The Role Argon Gas Plays in Welding (https://goo.gl/Dw69Bj)

We talk a lot about #welding here on this account, which shouldn't come as a big surprise to anyone. As one of the nation's leading provider of gear and equipment to welders of all kinds, it's understandably right in our wheelhouse.

But when you look at our name - Baker's Gas and Welding - we don't talk about the gas side of things as often. Gases play a huge role in welding, so we thought today we'd focus on one particular gas - Argon - and how it's typically used in welding applications.

First, let's start with how gases are used generally. In gas metal arc welding and gas tungsten arc welding (GMAW/GTAW or MIG/TIG), welders use inert or semi-inert gases to protect the welding area from the gases in the surrounding atmosphere (nitrogen, oxygen, etc.) as they can degrade the quality of the weld. Welding gases, such as Argon, are used as a shielding gas. Depending on what metals are being welded, the choice of shielding gas is very important. Here's why Argon is widely used:

"Argon, heavier than air gas, needs a lower flow rate. The inert gas does not react with molten metals, has low thermal conductivity and ionizes easily. The stable arc with an excellent current path and high current density produces a very narrow arc cone and narrow penetration profile. Pure argon is used often with aluminum and nonferrous metal welding. Pure argon is not used for welding steel. Adding Helium will improve heat transfer. Oxygen or carbon dioxide will stabilize the arc."

Click here to learn more about the numerous shielding gases, as well as to purchase some for your welding needs: https://goo.gl/Dw69Bj

#welder #argon #bakersgas
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What You as a Welder Can Do to Be More Green (https://goo.gl/8nea7C)

If there's one thing we should all be able to agree upon, it's the fact that we have to start taking better care of our planet. After all, we're quite a ways from being able to terraform other planets, so Earth is all we've got.

Deforestation, climate change, species going extinct, and numerous other environmental problems are largely due to human activity - the good news is, it's (hopefully) not too late to *start improving things.

Even though #welding and environmental consciousness might not seem to go hand-in-hand, there are ways in which we as welders can be more green and eco-friendly. More and more jobs and businesses are growing around the ideas of using renewable sources and making less of a carbon footprint, and welders will play a role in that growth:

"Welding and fabrication skills are forecasted to be in demand as alternative energy companies continue to grow. Welders were needed to create the oil wells and gas pipelines, and they will also be needed to create the wind farms and bio-diesel plants. The sheer size of turbine blades and components makes manufacturing difficult to outsource. Welders will be needed to manufacture the turbine components, and also to maintain turbine plants and equipment. As interest in green living and sustainable energy sources continues to grow, the market for small-scale wind turbines is also expected to grow, creating more opportunities for welders. Bio-diesel and clean coal technology power plants will also require welders for construction, maintenance, and the manufacturing of associated components."

Click here to read more https://goo.gl/8nea7C

#microtig #welding #bakersgas
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What You as a Welder Can Do to Be More Green (https://goo.gl/8nea7C)

If there's one thing we should all be able to agree upon, it's the fact that we have to start taking better care of our planet. After all, we're quite a ways from being able to terraform other planets, so Earth is all we've got.

Deforestation, climate change, species going extinct, and numerous other environmental problems are largely due to human activity - the good news is, it's (hopefully) not too late to *start improving things.

Even though #welding and environmental consciousness might not seem to go hand-in-hand, there are ways in which we as welders can be more green and eco-friendly. More and more jobs and businesses are growing around the ideas of using renewable sources and making less of a carbon footprint, and welders will play a role in that growth:

"Welding and fabrication skills are forecasted to be in demand as alternative energy companies continue to grow. Welders were needed to create the oil wells and gas pipelines, and they will also be needed to create the wind farms and bio-diesel plants. The sheer size of turbine blades and components makes manufacturing difficult to outsource. Welders will be needed to manufacture the turbine components, and also to maintain turbine plants and equipment. As interest in green living and sustainable energy sources continues to grow, the market for small-scale wind turbines is also expected to grow, creating more opportunities for welders. Bio-diesel and clean coal technology power plants will also require welders for construction, maintenance, and the manufacturing of associated components."

Click here to read more https://goo.gl/8nea7C

#microtig #welding #bakersgas
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Evaluating the Pros and Cons of a Job as a Welder (https://goo.gl/0ZlUcm)

Before we dive fully into this topic, we'd like to start this post off with a caveat - yes, as a #welding supply company, we can admit we're biased in thinking that a career as a welder is a great one. We could go on and on about the reasons why, but we've done that before in the past.

Instead, let's look at both pros and cons - because after all, even a job as good as welding isn't perfect, and there are some things about it that are worth considering before jumping in with both feet. If you're exploring the possibility of a career in welding for the new year and beyond, this article from Training FYI listing many of the pros and cons of the trade may be useful. Here are a few quick things you can safely put in the "pro" column:

"Relocation: They can relocate to exotic or far away countries as experienced Welders are needed all over the world. Career Advancement: With further study and certifications, a basic Welder can move up the ladder without much difficulty. Technology: It would be exciting to use high tech equipment and advanced tools. Job Outlook: Employment of Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers is expected to grow up to 6% from 2012-2022, according to BLS."

Click the link above to read more pros and cons about welding, or click here to browse our selection of welding gear and equipment: https://goo.gl/jvUOcP

#weld #welder #jobs
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How to Find High-Paying Welding Jobs (https://goo.gl/5WwQuM)

We've talked a lot previously about how #welding is a wise career choice. Anytime you can choose a vocation that's in demand, that isn't going to be replaced or made completely obsolete anytime soon, and one that you don't have to accumulate loads of student loan debt to get into, we'd say that's a good choice.

Welding checks all of those boxes, and it has the additional benefit of paying pretty well right off the bat. Of course, not all welding jobs are created equal, and some are more financially rewarding than others. This article from Welding Pros lists a few things to keep in mind when looking for a high-paying welding job:

"When choosing which niche to fill in the welding job market it is important to understand the difference between different welding positions. Some types of welding jobs pay much more than others for good reason. Some positions will require a welder to work in harsh or unpleasant conditions."

"Many places where demand for welders is high, like Alaska, are known for difficult weather and challenging conditions. Welders are also frequently asked to leave their families for long periods of time at very remote work locations. In many cases, the jobs can come with significant hazards as well. Remote locations, dangerous environments, and jobs that require the welder to work in an enclosed area generally pay much more than other welding jobs."

So, which types of welding jobs pay the best? Click the link above to find out, then click here to get more great welding content from Baker's Gas and Welding: https://goo.gl/jvUOcP

#weldingtips #welder #bakersgas
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