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  • Why do so many people say "arc welding"???

    It's STICK welding, or SMAW!! (edited, per brain fart)

    TIG, MIG, Plasma, and subarc are all "arc welding," so don't say "arc" when you mean "stick."

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    Originally posted by Engloid
    It's STICK welding, or GMAW!!

    TIG, MIG, Plasma, and subarc are all "arc welding," so don't say "arc" when you mean "stick."

    isn't stick welding SMAW?
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    • #3
      It's STICK welding, or GMAW!!
      OOPS...
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      • #4
        i guess thats why LOL
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        • #5
          wouldnt arc welding refer to any type of welding using an electrical arc? and blame home depot ive seen sign there that sell "arc" welder like the lincoln 225 tombstone

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          • #6
            Yep, I hate that "you arc weld?" It is as bad as "my car cranks, but it won't turn over."


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            • #7
              Ahhhh. The questions in life that we feel the need to ponder.
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              • #8
                Must be the same people who say that they have 220 power, yet no one has it........

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                • #9
                  There is a local welding shop that advertises "we do arc, mig and tig"
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Engloid View Post
                    It's STICK welding, or GMAW!!
                    He, he. Been there, done that!

                    It's a good point, though. Arc welding is all of the processes that use an electric arc to do the deed.

                    Engloid, I'd guess a large percentage of the welding population can't mimic your TIG skills. I'll sure as **** never get there. But, I think that the vast majority of hobby weldors don't have a lot of terminology savvy, and even some of the "pros" lack education in the finer points. It's us textbook learners that know the terms, we just can't weld so good!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by cruizer View Post
                      Must be the same people who say that they have 220 power, yet no one has it........

                      I guess that would depend on the wiring ahead of your load.
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                      • #12
                        Hmmmm. Let us ponder this a bit more.

                        SMAW = Sheilded Metal ARC Welding

                        GMAW = Gas Metal ARC Welding

                        GTAW = Gas Tungsten ARC Welding

                        Air Carbon ARC Cutting

                        And the list goes on. What is the common denominator? I'll let you decide but it should be no surprise that the term gets used interchangeably.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Engloid View Post
                          It's STICK welding, or GMAW!!

                          TIG, MIG, Plasma, and subarc are all "arc welding," so don't say "arc" when you mean "stick."
                          It's for the same reason that loggers load logs with a 'shovel'.

                          I see "arc welding" as a generic reference to any kind of electric welding
                          which is very different from 'gas welding' -- something not all that common anymore, and 'forge welding' ---even less common.

                          Electric welding is a major 20th century innovation whose use did not become universal until world War II. Forge welding remained common into the 1930's. Just this week I was cleaning around our shop and came on an assortment of eye bolt lag screws that had forge welded eyes in them.
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                          • #14
                            The definition of arc welding is, A group of welding processes that produces coalescence of metals by heating them with an arc, with or without the application of pressure, and with or without the use of filler metal.

                            Long story short, arc welding is welding with electricity. It was common to say electric arc welding back in the early 1900's.

                            I think the term arc welding used to describe stick welding happend in the 1920's. All they had back then was carbon arc and stick welding. Applications
                            for stick welding grew rapidly after 1929. Ships and buildings were one of the first to benefit from welding by eliminating rivets.

                            I think TIG was invented during WW2 by Linde to weld aluminum airplane parts.
                            Im getting off track here, i better shut up.

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                            • #15
                              Lincoln is partly to blame. They write "Arc Welder" on their tombstone boxes, still. Which is correct, technically, just not very specific.

                              But, what I really want to know is how come everybody knows about the Secret Service?

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