|Zone Name||Welding Area|
|Zone Slogan||It's like hot glue, but hotter.|
|Zone Coordinator(s)||Jody Raiford|
Welding is a great way to join and form metal. Welding use comes at some risk. Let's be careful out there.
- Eye protection. You must protect your eyes from the bright welding light. If you are TIG, MIG or Arc welding you should be wearing a welding helmet. If you are using oxygen/acetylene welding then you should be wearing a pair of gas welding goggles or the dark face shield.
- Consider the eye protection of others around you. Will they get flashed by your welding arc? Use the welding safety screens to protect others in the shop.
- Proper clothing. Shorts and T-shirt won't do. Arc welding gives off extremely bright UV light, and you will become badly sunburned in no time. Best is long sleeve cotton clothing and long cotton pants (tight knit lightweight wool is actually the "best", but hard to find). Polyester clothing will melt easily and should never be worn by anyone welding.
- Proper footwear. Leather closed toe shoes should be worn. It doesn't take long for a small hot bead of metal to burn right through the top of your canvas tennis shoes. Also consider wearing boots instead of low cut shoes. Think what will happen if a drop of molten metal gets inside your shoe. Ouch.
- Wear welding gloves to protect your hands. Mechanics' gloves tend to have plastic or rubber which will melt while welding.
- Don't forget that it takes time for hot welded metal to cool. Use pliers to lift work off of the table. Don't leave hot work where an innocent bystander could become burned. If you aren't sure about the temperature of a piece, assume it's hot until proven otherwise.
- Ventilation. Don't breath the fumes, some/most metals and filler material contains toxic fumes.
- Quick.. where is the nearest fire extinguisher?
- "Gas First" : Close all gas bottles
- "Cables off the floor" : Coil all cables/cords (no sharp kinks) and hang them so they are off the floor
- Put tools away
- Put material away: Usable Scrap under table or in bins, project material in personal storage (mark it or lose it!)
- Turn off disconnects on east wall "BusBar #1 MIG Welders, BusBar #2 TIG Welders)
- Clear table, Grind spatter, sweep. (Leave it better than you found it)
- Turn off over head lights (Orange switch on east wall)
- Q: How do I use the zone?
- A: If you know how to weld, go for it. Try not to break anything or hurt anybody, and clean up when you are done.
- Q: How much should I pay to use the welding zone?
- A: While there aren't usage costs per se, $2 per hour that you are using the zone helps to cover the cost of gas, wire, wheels, electrodes, etc.
- Q: How much should I pay for consumables?
- A: Each consumable has its own cost, including gloves, dust masks, lens covers, etc. They are generally marked on the package as a guide to those who wish to help contribute to the zone. If there is no price on it, it's part of the $2/hr general usage contribution.
- Q: I'm really broke right now. Can I use the zone without paying?
- A: Totally. Money helps keep things rolling, but your enthusiasm, effort, and attitude are far more important! As long as you are continuing to help make the zone, and the world, a better place, nobody is going to stress too much about your $2.
- Q: If I pay, does that mean I don't need to clean up?
- A: Your money is not important. Helpful, but not important. Your engagement, enthusiasm, and effort 'is' important! That means, no matter how much you are contributing financially, leaving the zone better than you found it, especially picking up after yourself, is the real payment.
Table of Equipment
|Bench-Mounted Manual Metal Shear||No||i3Detroit||Running|
|MIG Welder - Miller Millermatic 212||No||i3Detroit||Running|
|TIG Welder - Miller Dynasty 200||Yes||Jim Kemp||Running|
|Handheld Plasma Cutter||No||i3Detroit||Running|
|Fixed-base Reed Vise||No||Matt Gardeski||Running|
|Rolling Toolbox||No||Jody Raiford||Running|
|Stick Welder 2||No||Ted Hansen||Running|
|Weld Zone Light Button||No||i3Detroit||Running|
Learn to MIG
Learn to TIG
Wishlist and Tasks
- Recurring tasks
- Sort scrap storage
- Current needed tasks
- Miter saw:
- Attach ammeter and appropriate notices
- Poster about correct clamping
- Vacuum (auto on, runs for a few weekends after saw stops, attached to table or saw?, tub/channel needed?)
- Adjustable table with long stock support
- Bottle cage
- Angle Grinder storage rack
- Helmet lockers
- CNC plasma table (slack #cnc_build_or_buy)
- Layout table
- Air filter/fume extractor
- Update zone picture
- Protect downloads from bit rot
- Welding booths (with fume extraction)
- more items on [wishlist]
- Completed tasks
TIG chiller turn on with machine.
Pages in category "Welding Area"
The following 12 pages are in this category, out of 12 total.