Here's a list of the welding protective gear you'll need to create a home welding station tailored to your specific needs. Before you embark on your first home workshop design project, there are several safety issues to consider especially if you are doing electric arc welding work in your garage.
What to consider before welding at home?
Whether you're a professional welder, a novice welder, or just an experienced do-it-yourselfer, setting up your own welding shop is a fun and functional way to work on your own projects, improve your skills , in addition to making home and auto related repairs.
Your budget, the space available to set up your welding shop, and your skill level are important factors to keep in mind as you formulate your plans for your new welding shop.
Welding is serious business and can be extremely dangerous, especially if you don't know what you are doing.
If you are totally new to welding or have little technical knowledge or practical experience, we strongly suggest you take at least one practical and theoretical training or course at a specialized center.
You can also find tons of teaching resources on the Internet.
What are the important safety measures for welding?
-Safety is the most important aspect of home welding, as a small glowing spray or spark can cause a lot of damage, especially if the garage is connected to the house.
- Remove all flammable materials such as wood, cotton, cloth, cardboard, carpet, paper in the vicinity of the welding station as well as any other fuels or gases that are not being used.
- Make sure aerosols, gas and fuel cartridges are securely fastened and are properly stored in an upright position.
- Keep one or more fire extinguishers on hand, not stored in a back corner.
- If possible, work only metal in one area and wood in another.
- Dust and sawdust accumulated in cracks and gaps in walls only needs a spark to start burning and combusting.
- Typical welding safety involves making sure your welding station is properly grounded and that your work area is free of clutter such as unnecessary pipes and power cords.
- Also, check hoses regularly for leaks and kinks.
- The best welding setup is one that minimizes distractions and hazards that may occur.
- A mobile welding table or welding cart requires locking latches that will hold them in place.
- For added safety, create a "shield" over the work area with hooks in the ceiling, hanging specially designed fireproof covers.
- This will help protect the garage from sparks.
- For welders who want to work with the garage door open but are concerned about exposing passersby to UV rays, there are clear screens that can be installed across the garage opening that allow light but block the rays.
- The best option for welding at home is to store and secure the welding station on a transport cart that can be rolled into the shop.
- Don't forget to tie down your welding gas cylinders to prevent a cylinder drop.
What are the tools and equipment used in welding?
Welding hazards can be avoided by using the following basic tools and equipment. Among the tools every welder needs, we listed the 4 most important.
1) Welding helmet and mask
This is an absolute must and mandatory for any welder.
Since welding arcs produce powerful UV radiation, welding helmets are equipped with self-darkening masks that protect the eyes from UV rays and sparks.
2) Welding Jacket
There are a variety of work jackets that can be used to repel heat, flames and glowing spatter that naturally occur during the welding process.
In selecting a jacket, you need to think about the environment you are in. Do you want a leather jacket or is it going to be hot in the summer or outside?
Does your jacket have pockets that glowing spatter can fall into?
Or do you need something very light, but fairly flame resistant, like long sleeve made in denim or 100% cotton clothing?
These are all options that should be considered when selecting a jacket.
3) Leather apron
This is another essential equipment.
Get a good quality leather apron or one made of flame retardant material to protect your skin from burns and UV rays.
4) Welding gloves
Thick gloves that are as heat resistant and as flexible as possible are needed to prevent damage to the hands and not limit the range of motion of the hand too much.
→ With all of these tools that have been mentioned, and taking the necessary precautions, you are well on your way to having a complete and safe home welding station that can easily meet your welding needs.