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General Welding

There are specific tips and tricks for TIG, MIG, arc, oxygen-acetylene and other welders, but whether you are a metal artist creating a sculpture or a do-it-yourself welder, some techniques and information are universal to welding.

Enjoy these how-to videos about welding and metalworking ....

How to Use a Spot Welder (& Why You'd Want To)
How to Use a Spot Welder (& Why You'd Want To)
Jun 28, 2017
Kevin is fitting up some pieces of 1/8" plate steel to show how Everlast's PowerTIG 250EX's spot wel... read more

How to Test Your Welder Before Your Warranty Expires
How to Test Your Welder Before Your Warranty Expires
Mar 22, 2017
A viewer, Mark, just ordered a brand new welder and wants to know the best way to really test the ma... read more

How to Clean Your Welding Table the Easy Way
How to Clean Your Welding Table the Easy Way
Jan 25, 2017
Kevin has just tested his fountain read more

How to Fix Welding Heat Distortion
How to Fix Welding Heat Distortion
Dec 14, 2016
Kevin has created a test piece by welding together two pieces of 16 gauge mild steel without clampin... read more

How to Beat Welding Heat Distortion, Part 2
How to Beat Welding Heat Distortion, Part 2
Dec 06, 2016
In this second how-to video about avoiding warping when welding, Kevin shows how to use welding puls... read more

How to Beat Welding Heat Distortion, Part 1
How to Beat Welding Heat Distortion, Part 1
Nov 30, 2016
When you’re welding, the heat you are using to join two pieces of metal naturally moves the metal an... read more

How to Use a TIG Welder to Clean Up MIG Welds
How to Use a TIG Welder to Clean Up MIG Welds
Oct 05, 2016
Kevin is working hard in his welding shop once again answering questions sent by his fans. This ques... read more

How to Replace a Bad Ground Cable on Your Welder
How to Replace a Bad Ground Cable on Your Welder
Aug 17, 2016
A viewer, Chris, was cutting metal with his plasma cutter and the hot metal he cut off fell on his w... read more

How to Clean Up Welds in Tight Places
How to Clean Up Welds in Tight Places
May 04, 2016
A viewer, Mike, is MIG welding a gate and wants to know how to clean up his welds in areas that are ... read more

Why You Want to Wear Welding Safety Equipment
Why You Want to Wear Welding Safety Equipment
Apr 20, 2016
Kevin is sitting at his workbench, with an egg in a dish beside him, reading something on his phone.... read more

How  to Weld Tight Angles
How to Weld Tight Angles
Apr 13, 2016
One of Kevin's Facebook fans is making an awning and trying to weld the inside of a very tight angle... read more

How to Plug Weld - and Why You'd Want To
How to Plug Weld - and Why You'd Want To
Mar 23, 2016
A viewer is making some furniture and wants to make some T-joints but has very tight clearances. She... read more

How to Prevent Warping When Welding
How to Prevent Warping When Welding
Feb 02, 2016
Viewers ask, "How do you keep the metal from warping?"

If you are trying to weld a 45 degree ang... read more

How to Keep Your Welding Table Clean and Rust Free
How to Keep Your Welding Table Clean and Rust Free
Dec 09, 2015
Kevin says he often is asked how he keeps his welding table clean. Where is all the rust? Where are ... read more

How to Weld Thin Copper Using a Wireless Foot Pedal
How to Weld Thin Copper Using a Wireless Foot Pedal
Oct 28, 2015
Kevin got out his older Miller Syncrowave 200 TIG welder for a good reason. It was his first TIG mac... read more

Why You Need to Clean Metal Before Welding
Why You Need to Clean Metal Before Welding
Sep 09, 2015
Kevin is asked to prove that it matters if the metal you are welding is clean. What happens if you d... read more

Introducing Everlast's PowerMTS 251Si Multiprocess Welder
Introducing Everlast's PowerMTS 251Si Multiprocess Welder
Jul 22, 2015
Kevin is looking at Everlast's new PowerMTS 251Si. It's Everlast's brand new MIG / TIG / stick welde... read more

How to set TIG Welding Amperage - Kevin Caron
How to set TIG Welding Amperage - Kevin Caron
Jul 01, 2015
Kevin starts by sharing some of his, uh, mail, including an email from a viewer who asks, "How do I ... read more

A Safety Tip That Just Might Save Your Life
A Safety Tip That Just Might Save Your Life
Jun 25, 2015
Somebody in Kevin's studio - that would be him - got the shock of his life recently.

He's been ... read more

How to Use Tack Welding to Keep Your Work Straight
How to Use Tack Welding to Keep Your Work Straight
Jun 02, 2015
Kevin is making a stand for his latest commissioned sound sculpture. He used some metal scrap left o... read more

Why You Don't Need a Welder That Will Last 40 Years
Why You Don't Need a Welder That Will Last 40 Years
Jan 07, 2015
Kevin says he often gets questions about which welder to buy - MIG, TIG, stick - that the inquirer w... read more

How to Get the Most Out of Your Welding Magnets
How to Get the Most Out of Your Welding Magnets
Aug 20, 2014
Because Kevin works alone a lot, he has a pretty good collection of magnets. He shows one of his bas... read more

How to Get Stronger Welds With Thick Metal
How to Get Stronger Welds With Thick Metal
Aug 13, 2014
Kevin is clamping a piece of 1/2" steel plate to his work table. He was just about to chamfer the ed... read more

Why You Can't Use the Same Gas for All Welders
Why You Can't Use the Same Gas for All Welders
Jul 09, 2014
Mr. TIG from Weld.com drops by the studio gets the video started by greeting Kevin, who explains he ... read more

How to Pick the Right Size Welding Wire for Your Job
How to Pick the Right Size Welding Wire for Your Job
Jun 25, 2014
Kevin sometimes mentions the diameter of wire he is using in videos - .023, .024, .030, 0.35 - and, ... read more

How to Change Your Welder Cable (and Why You Might Need To)
How to Change Your Welder Cable (and Why You Might Need To)
May 14, 2014
Kevin has been working on a new sculpture commission called Crimson Singularity that requires him to... read more

How to Fill a Gap When Welding
How to Fill a Gap When Welding
Mar 19, 2014
Kevin first addresses why you should avoid gaps altogether. It's always better to make sure your fit... read more

How to Weld in Tight Places
How to Weld in Tight Places
Mar 12, 2014
Kevin is working on a new sculpture, read more

How to Adjust Your Welder Settings
How to Adjust Your Welder Settings
Feb 26, 2014
Kevin starts by saying there's no easy answer for how to get the right settings, but through trial a... read more

How to Get a Good, Safe Welding Ground - How It Works and How to Work It
How to Get a Good, Safe Welding Ground - How It Works and How to Work It
Feb 12, 2014
In response to a viewer who was concerned about getting shocked while welding, Kevin shows three dif... read more

Welding Pulse: What It Is and How to Use It
Welding Pulse: What It Is and How to Use It
Jan 28, 2014
Longtime viewer Buck Leach stops by Kevin's studio and asks what welding pulse is and why you might ... read more

What Is Welder Duty Cycle and Why Should You Care?
What Is Welder Duty Cycle and Why Should You Care?
Nov 06, 2013
Kevin takes a break from working on his latest sculpture to compare the duty cycles of three differe... read more

How to Reduce Warping While Welding
How to Reduce Warping While Welding
Jul 10, 2013
While working on a stand for a new sound sculpture, Kevin stops to talk about how he reduces warping... read more

How to Tie In Welds for a Seamless Look
How to Tie In Welds for a Seamless Look
Jun 26, 2013
Kevin reveals how to get that "long, clean weld" look without warping your piece .... In response to... read more

How to Create the Project You Dreamed Of - Keeping Things Straight and Level
How to Create the Project You Dreamed Of - Keeping Things Straight and Level
Jun 20, 2013
Kevin is working on some plant climbers made of 1" solid steel rod that will break up the space on a... read more

A Better Welding Helmet?
A Better Welding Helmet?
Jun 05, 2013
Kevin may have found a better welding helmet, thanks to its glass lens and a unique feature .... As... read more

How to Use Antisplatter Coating When Welding
How to Use Antisplatter Coating When Welding
Mar 27, 2013
Kevin shows how to use antisplatter coating - whether you prefer the gel or spray - and explains how... read more

Flux Core Welding vs. Solid Core Welding With Gas
Flux Core Welding vs. Solid Core Welding With Gas
Mar 13, 2013
Kevin explains what flux core welding (FCAW or FCA, "flux-cored arc welding") is and how it compares... read more

How to Pick Your First Welder
How to Pick Your First Welder
Feb 27, 2013
After many requests from viewers, Kevin tackles the question of how to pick your first welder. The a... read more

How to Weld Outside Corners
How to Weld Outside Corners
Jan 16, 2013
In response to a viewer's request, Kevin explains and shows how to weld outside corners. This time, ... read more

What You've Missed: Out Takes From Channel Kevin
What You've Missed: Out Takes From Channel Kevin
Dec 24, 2012
Kevin has fun making weekly how-to videos, but you haven't been seeing all the film. So from the out... read more

How to Control the Width of Your Weld
How to Control the Width of Your Weld
Jul 18, 2012
Kevin answers a viewer's question about the width of the welding bead using his read more

How to Use MIG Pulse Controls to Fill Gaps
How to Use MIG Pulse Controls to Fill Gaps
May 02, 2012
Kevin shows how using pulse control on his Longevity MigWeld 250P MIG welder helps him fill gaps in ... read more

How to Choose the Right Welding Gas
How to Choose the Right Welding Gas
Apr 25, 2012
Kevin answers viewers' questions about how to select the right type of welding gas for their MIG or ... read more

How to Use a Spool Gun on a MIG Welder
How to Use a Spool Gun on a MIG Welder
Apr 18, 2012
Kevin is putting the finishing touches on his public art sculpture read more

How to Weld With a Longevity TIG Welder
How to Weld With a Longevity TIG Welder
Apr 11, 2012
Kevin begins a new sculpture using his Longevity TigWeld 250AC/DC TIG welder to weld together a 1-in... read more

How to Weld With a MIG Welder With Pulse Control
How to Weld With a MIG Welder With Pulse Control
Feb 08, 2012
Kevin shows how to weld with a MIG welder that has pulse control, first welding without pulse, then ... read more

How to Use a Longevity MIG Welder With Pulse Control
How to Use a Longevity MIG Welder With Pulse Control
Feb 01, 2012
Kevin shows the controls on the new Longevity MigWeld 250P MIG welder and explains how to use them. ... read more

How to Use a Flowmeter Instead of a Regulator for Welding
How to Use a Flowmeter Instead of a Regulator for Welding
Jan 18, 2012
Kevin explains why he exchanged his welding regulator for a flowmeter on his TIG welder. He tells wh... read more

How to Use the Controls on a Longevity TIG Welder
How to Use the Controls on a Longevity TIG Welder
Jan 11, 2012
Kevin shows how to use the controls on Longevity's TigWeld 250 AC/DC TIG welder, focusing on each co... read more

How to Set Up a Longevity TigWeld 250 AC/DC
How to Set Up a Longevity TigWeld 250 AC/DC
Jan 04, 2012
Kevin shows how to put together a Longevity TIG welder, fresh out of the box. He shows all the parts... read more

How to Set Up a Longevity Plasma Cutter
How to Set Up a Longevity Plasma Cutter
Dec 28, 2011
Kevin shows the parts of the Longevity ForceCut 60i Plasma Cutter and how to set it up. Then he cuts... read more

How to Get a Good Welding Ground
How to Get a Good Welding Ground
Dec 14, 2011
Kevin shares how to get a good ground while welding aluminum as he works on a public art sculpture. ... read more

How to Weld a Butt Joint
How to Weld a Butt Joint
Nov 23, 2011
Kevin explains how to weld a butt joint using an arc welder. He shows you how to clamp it, how to ta... read more

How to Weld a Lap Joint
How to Weld a Lap Joint
Nov 09, 2011
In response to one of his YouTube video subscriber's questions, Kevin shows how to weld a lap joint ... read more

How to Weld a Steel Patch Using a Copper Backer
How to Weld a Steel Patch Using a Copper Backer
Aug 24, 2011
Kevin shares a tip on how to patch a hole in steel by backing it with a piece of copper before weldi... read more

Choosing a Welder: MIG, TIG, Arc or Oxygen-Acetylene?
Choosing a Welder: MIG, TIG, Arc or Oxygen-Acetylene?
Aug 17, 2011
Kevin explains how he decides which welder to use: his MIG welder, TIG welder, arc welder or oxygen-... read more

How to Weld Thin Metal to Thick Metal
How to Weld Thin Metal to Thick Metal
Jul 06, 2011
Kevin shows how to - and how not to - weld thin metal to thick metal.... read more

How to Tack Weld
How to Tack Weld
Jun 29, 2011
When do you just weld and when do you tack first? Kevin explains how to tack and the advantages of d... read more

How to TIG Weld Aluminum
How to TIG Weld Aluminum
Jun 15, 2011
Kevin shares tips and tricks and shows how to weld aluminum to make a goblet he can turn in his meta... read more

TIG Welding Copper to Steel
TIG Welding Copper to Steel
Jun 08, 2011
Kevin shows how he welds copper to steel to create an unusual accent that can be highlighted with wa... read more

How to TIG Weld Vertically
How to TIG Weld Vertically
Jun 01, 2011
Using his Miller TIG welder, Kevin shows how to weld vertically, bottom to top.... read more

The Sound of a Good MIG Weld
The Sound of a Good MIG Weld
May 12, 2011
The sound while welding can tell you a lot about the wire feed and the weld itself. Kevin shares and... read more

Tips for Good Welding Penetration
Tips for Good Welding Penetration
Apr 28, 2011
How do you know if you've gotten good penetration when welding? Kevin shows what good penetration is... read more

How to Use a Propane Forge
How to Use a Propane Forge
Mar 23, 2011
Kevin fires up his propane forge to heat and flatten some railroad spikes using his blacksmithing sk... read more

TIG Welding Copper
TIG Welding Copper
Mar 15, 2011
Kevin invites you into his studio where he shows how to weld copper using a TIG welder and a cheap, ... read more

Arc Welding Technique, Part 2
Arc Welding Technique, Part 2
Feb 23, 2011
Kevin explains how to hold the electrode (rod) and how to start the arc, as well as showing how to a... read more

Arc Welding Technique
Arc Welding Technique
Feb 16, 2011
Kevin provides helpful information about arc welding, including what you can do with it and how to ... read more

Welding Preparation for Best Results
Welding Preparation for Best Results
Nov 16, 2010
When MIG welding or TIG welding, preparing the metal - including adding a chamfer - can make a big d... read more

MIG Welding Technique
MIG Welding Technique
Nov 14, 2010
A complement to "TIG Welding Technique," this video gives an overview of MIG welding. Kevin gives a... read more

Welding Health and Safety: Welding Helmet Care
Welding Health and Safety: Welding Helmet Care
Nov 10, 2010
Being able to see clearly is important when welding. Kevin shows how easy it is to improve your visi... read more

How to Weld a Right Angle Without Warping the Joint
How to Weld a Right Angle Without Warping the Joint
Nov 03, 2010
When you need to weld a right angle, you need to get your cuts straight, but you also need to make s... read more

Welding Health and Safety: The Benefits of Aloe
Welding Health and Safety: The Benefits of Aloe
Oct 26, 2010
In addition to a first aid kit, an aloe vera plant is something every welder should have near his or... read more

How to Make Welding Rod
How to Make Welding Rod
Oct 21, 2010
While working on a weathering steel (Cor-ten) piece, Kevin decided, rather than buying welding rod f... read more

TIG Welding: How to Finetune Your Torch Angle
TIG Welding: How to Finetune Your Torch Angle
Oct 12, 2010
What is the optimum angle to hold your TIG welding torch? Kevin shows the best way to hold your torc... read more

How to Get A Safe Welding Ground
How to Get A Safe Welding Ground
Sep 29, 2010
Kevin shares a welding safety tip on where to clamp your ground. ... read more

How to Bend  Metal Using Oxygen Acetylene
How to Bend Metal Using Oxygen Acetylene
Sep 16, 2010
Kevin doesn't use his oxygen-acetylene unit for welding as much as for bending metal. This welding e... read more

MIG Welding: How to Set Voltage and Wire Feed
MIG Welding: How to Set Voltage and Wire Feed
Aug 18, 2010
In response to numerous requests, Kevin explains how he sets the voltage and wire feed on his MIG we... read more

TIG Welding: How to Feed the Wire
TIG Welding: How to Feed the Wire
Jul 27, 2010
How do you feed the wire when using a TIG welder? Kevin shares a couple of techniques for TIG weldin... read more

Metal Artist Kevin Caron Discusses Welding Safety Equipment
Metal Artist Kevin Caron Discusses Welding Safety Equipment
Jun 22, 2010
Kevin talks about the safety equipment he uses when welding and working with metal. He also encourag... read more

TIG Welding: How to Hold the Torch
TIG Welding: How to Hold the Torch
May 19, 2010
Kevin says there's no need to "choke the chicken" when holding the TIG welder torch. He addresses "w... read more

MIG Welding: Using a Magnetic Ground
MIG Welding: Using a Magnetic Ground
Apr 07, 2010
When Kevin's ground clamp on his MIG welder melted, rather than replace it with another clamp, he op... read more

Following the Bubble While MIG Welding
Following the Bubble While MIG Welding
Mar 25, 2010
Whether you call it a "bubble," "dot" or "spot," watching the top of the weld as it cools and keepin... read more

How to Add Texture to a Metal Sculpture With a Welder
How to Add Texture to a Metal Sculpture With a Welder
Mar 11, 2010
To give a metal spider a different look, Kevin uses his MIG w... read more

Finish Work on Metal Art: After Sandblasting
Finish Work on Metal Art: After Sandblasting
Feb 27, 2010
After his sound feature Perchering returned from the sandblaster, Kevin inspected it for defects so ... read more

MIG Welding: Fixing Flaws and Porosity in Welded Steel
MIG Welding: Fixing Flaws and Porosity in Welded Steel
Feb 12, 2010
Kevin is fixing low spots and joints on a bell stand. He shares how to deal with porosity and other ... read more

TIG Welding: How to Sharpen the Tungsten on Your TIG Welder
TIG Welding: How to Sharpen the Tungsten on Your TIG Welder
Jan 20, 2010
Kevin shares tips on how to sharpen the tungsten in a TIG welder to make it easier to weld and save ... read more

TIG Welding: Adjusting Controls on Your Welder
TIG Welding: Adjusting Controls on Your Welder
Jan 12, 2010
In response to a YouTube video request, Kevin explains how he adjusts his TIG welder for welding.... read more

Welding: Oxygen Acetylene
Welding: Oxygen Acetylene
Dec 01, 2009
Welding with oxygen acetylene is as simple as 1-2-3. First, Kevin shares how to get your torch set r... read more

Metal Artist Kevin Caron Shows How to Weld Two Steel Plates
Metal Artist Kevin Caron Shows How to Weld Two Steel Plates
Oct 28, 2009
He may not be a certified welder, but based on a YouTube request, sculptor Kevin Caron shares how to... read more

Welding and Grinding Metal
Welding and Grinding Metal
Sep 23, 2009
With the skin now on the stand for BobbyPin, Kevin's new bell, it's time for the tedious part: touch... read more

MIG Welding: Should You Push or Lead the Puddle?
MIG Welding: Should You Push or Lead the Puddle?
Aug 26, 2009
A viewer of Kevin's TIG Welding Technique video said that, when he is MIG welding, he prefers to pus... read more

How to Fire Up a Forge to Bend Metal for a Sculpture
How to Fire Up a Forge to Bend Metal for a Sculpture
Jun 10, 2009
After making his flowing renditions of the desert plant the ocotillo in other ways, Kevin decides to... read more

TIG Welding Technique
TIG Welding Technique
Apr 02, 2009
TIG welding offers a lot of advantages over MIG welding, arc and oxygen-acetylene welding. Kevin sho... read more

How to Bend Steel With an Acetylene Welding Torch
How to Bend Steel With an Acetylene Welding Torch
Feb 19, 2009
Kevin uses a rosebud tip on his acetylene torch to heat up solid 1-inch steel rods so he can shape t... read more

Metal Art Sculptor Kevin Caron Compares Arc, MIG and TIG Welders
Metal Art Sculptor Kevin Caron Compares Arc, MIG and TIG Welders
Jan 23, 2009
Kevin compares arc welders, MIG welders and TIG welders, explaining how they work and their respecti... read more

Creating a Welded Steel Waterfall for Recycling Rain Water
Creating a Welded Steel Waterfall for Recycling Rain Water
Jan 17, 2009
Kevin's welded steel waterfall RainDrop flows beautifully during a test.... Now all we need is a lit... read more

Welding a Metal Waterfall for Recycling Rain Water
Welding a Metal Waterfall for Recycling Rain Water
Jan 08, 2009
Rube Goldberg lives! Working with the landscape company Life's A Garden, Kevin explains and demonstr... read more

How to Make a Metal Ring Using an Oxygen-Acetylene Welding Torch
How to Make a Metal Ring Using an Oxygen-Acetylene Welding Torch
Aug 29, 2008
Kevin transforms a section of a truck coil spring into a metal ring using an oxygen-acetylene torch,... read more

TIG Welding on Stainless Steel Sculpture, Calyx and Design Fun
TIG Welding on Stainless Steel Sculpture, Calyx and Design Fun
Apr 29, 2008
Kevin zeroes in on the finish work on Calyx - see the TIG in action - and shows the pattern for a ne... read more

TIG Welding by Phoenix Sculptor Kevin Caron
TIG Welding by Phoenix Sculptor Kevin Caron
Apr 21, 2008
Kevin plays with his new toy - I mean tool! - a TIG welder, as he works on sculptures Calyx and a ne... read more

How to Use Tack Welding to Keep Your Work Straight
How to Use Tack Welding to Keep Your Work Straight
Nov 30, 1999
Kevin is making a stand for his latest commissioned sound sculpture. He used some metal scrap left o... read more