DIY Home Projects: Precautions for Home Welding

Posted By : Aubrey Mead , on Dec, 2015


DIY projects have increased in popularity over the past few years due to easy accessibility for the materials (ex: Home Depot) and instructions (the internet) to successfully pull off a home project. This is thanks to a combination of the high cost of professional labor and sites like YouTube, where homeowners can watch other people creating something they might not necessarily be able to learn elsewhere. Ranging from mounted bike racks to front porches and fire pits, the sheer scale and amount of “amateur” work done in many homes in the U.S. has increased over the years. However, even if a person has the willingness and monetary resources to pull off their own home project, there are numerous precautions that need to be taken. This is especially true when it comes to home welding projects that require substantially more precautions as compared to working with wood.

Use the Proper Kind of Steel
If you are going to be attempting any sort of home welding project, then it is highly recommended that you use 321 stainless steel as your primary material. 321 stainless steel is considerably more durable than ordinary steel due to its high carbon content. It has a higher melting point when compared to other forms of steel. Its durability makes it ideal for long lasting projects that are subject to constant vibrations. Home projects that specifically utilize this type of steel include garage mounted bike racks and deck supports. Utilizing steel with a lower carbon content that is not as durable can result in warping over time due to continuous stress. This can result in the frame weakening to the point that it may suddenly collapse.

Use Open Air Environments
While it may be tempting to do all your welding in your garage, it is highly recommended that you weld in an open air environment such as your backyard. Fumes that come from the process of welding can be toxic if inhaled in large amounts. Not only that, the sparks that come from welding metal have a high likelihood of causing fires if they are not immediately cooled off. This is why outdoor environments are a much better choice of locations for welding as compared to a closed off room that may catch on fire.

While this list isn’t exhaustive, it does show two of the major precautions you should take when it comes to any type of home welding project that you may attempt.

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