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Old 12-08-2003, 04:06 AM   #1
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MARTINSR's "Basics of Stud Welders"

Here is a little mini "Basics of Basics" for your new stud welder.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Stud welder Basics
I have had a stud welder for about 14 years and had been using it wrong for about 12 of them. Like most guys I see using them do what I did (which is how I learned) use WAY too much heat and BURN the stud in. Then I'd cut it off the stud with wire cutters and grind it flush. WRONG, I had a guy show me that had help develop the tool back in the seventies.

Don't hold the trigger till the thing melts in. If you see ANY color distortion in the metal, you have heated WAY too much. Just tap the trigger like you tap the keys on your keyboard typing, maybe even faster. The stud WILL hold good enough to pull. The trick is you can't move the stud side to side or anything, it will fall off. But if you just slide your pulling tool on straight and pull straight, it will stay. Then after you pull you just wiggle the stud a little and it falls off, with no damage to the metal.

I have even found that you can use it on small dents and metal finish the repair with no filler used. Cool tool
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