Welding, Soldering and Brazing DIY How To Projects

This page includes links to all of our Welding, Soldering and Brazing DIY How To projects. Browse through the below list and click on your chosen link to view the project information.

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The following pages talk about a number of different operations. Welding for example is the name given to putting two waste pipes and fittings together using an adhesive which welds the two surfaces together. This type of pipe fitting is called solvent weld. As with ordinary metal welding, solvent weld is the strongest form of plastic pipe connection and once welded can only be undone by cutting out he weld.

Joining plastic waste pipe with solvent weld cement

Joining plastic waste pipe with solvent weld cement

Our video section and these pages cover MIG, MAG, ARC and TIG welding and we look at brazing, aluminium welding and how to use an arc welder in our forum and the videos we have on YouTube

ARC welding sometimes called MMA or stick welding is the most common form of welding undertaken by DIYers and home improvers. It involves using a welding rod, which is made from a steel centre surrounded by flux, to create an electric current (arc) to complete an electrical circuit. A few hints and tips are offered such as starting off with an arc weld by touching the rod on a spare piece of metal before starting on the actual job you intend to do as arcs are far better established the second time a rod is used. This is usually because any surplus flux has been removed from the end of the rod. The most common problem for DIY arc welders is that the welding rod gets stuck to the work when they hold it too close. A twist or rocking action should free the rod as it will never simply pull off.

There is a great site which gives a lot of good information on all forms of welding for both the DIYer hobbyist and the professional

Our pages also deal with lead welding using a cooler flame to repair lead flashings for which we also explain the use of flashband and flashing tape and also a new solution to joining copper pipes without solder called copper bonding

Lead and lead flashings can be joined by welding or by flashing tape

Lead and lead flashings can be joined by welding or by flashing tape