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Stud welders are often viewed as the lowest class in welding equipment because they are much easier to use and don't require as much experience or expensive equipment. However, even though stud welding is a fairly straightforward process, making the wrong assumptions about this form of welding can definitely get you in trouble as a novice welder. Take a look at a few of the most common misguided assumptions about stud welding and the real facts you need to know before getting started.
Assumption: Stud welding does not require safety gear because it is not as dangerous.
Fact: This assumption can get you injured really quickly because the truth is, stud welding can be just as dangerous when you have little welding experience. A stud welder may not be producing major flying sparks as you work, but you are still working with arced electricity and extreme temperatures. Therefore, the basic safety equipment is definitely necessary and not optional. Before you get started using a stud welder, make sure you have a good pair of welding gloves, safety goggles, and a sturdy surface to work on.
Assumption: Stud welding doesn't really require a learning curve because it is so simple.
Fact: Even though stud welding is often recommended for beginners because it is indeed easier, it will still take some time to get used to the functions of your equipment. You should not expect to tackle that big project you have in mind right away. Give yourself several practice runs so you can learn how the stud-welding gun feels in your hand, how it reacts when you hit the trigger, and what a good weld looks like when a bond is formed. The more time you spend practicing, the more competent you will be when you weld your real projects.
Assumption: You can weld pretty much anything with a stud welder.
Fact: Stud welders are used in an array of different applications, but they are not the best welding tool for every job that requires welding. Stud welding only allows you to fasten metal pieces together with hardware and a spot weld. It does not allow you to create the continuous beaded weld that is necessary for some welding projects. For example, you could easily attach a bumper to a car frame with a stud welder, but you would have a really hard time fixing a bumper with a crack with the stud welder and making things look good.