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Properly Store Your Welding Equipment To Increase Its Life Span

by Sara Cook

Anyone who owns any kind of heavy equipment or machinery knows that these devices are not only expensive to buy but can also have ongoing maintenance costs in order to keep them running. All of this holds true when it comes to welding equipment as well. While regular maintenance on your welding equipment is a good idea, you can also take a big step towards increasing the life span of your welding equipment by ensuring that it is all stored properly after each use. Here are 3 key tips to keep in mind when closing up shop at the end of the work day.

Go Waterproof

When storing welding rods, you already likely take great care in ensuring that rods of different sizes are organized in a certain order. Nothing can screw up a job faster than finding out you inserted the wrong welding rod into the machinery after a job has started. But if you want to prolong the life of these rods and your other welding equipment, invest in some containers that are waterproof and airtight. This will ensure that the rods stay dry even if someone else is working nearby.

Keep It Loose

When storing the hoses for your welding equipment, it's important to remember that you are not winding up a garden hose. You want your hoses to be stored so that they are only loosely coiled. Winding them too tightly could cause damage by introducing a knot or kink in the hose. If this doesn't get fixed immediately, you could be looking at permanent damage to the equipment. Keep your hoses organized, but be prudent about handling and storing with care.

Be Meticulous About the Tanks

Every welder knows a welding tank can be dangerous when not used with care. At the end of the work day, ensure that all tanks are in an upright position, and use cinder blocks or any other means necessary to ensure that they will remain upright. When storing the tanks, also make sure that all valves are closed off tightly to prevent any gas leakage that could cause an explosion.

Your welding equipment can handle a heavy workload, but that doesn't mean it's not susceptible to damage. When storing your welding equipment at the end of the work day, keep your welding rods in airtight containers, ensure that all hoses are stored neatly but not tightly wound, and always check to make sure that all welding tanks have the valves turned off and are in a secure, upright position before leaving the shop.

For more details, contact a service like Wayne Oxygen & Welding Supply Co Inc.