Befor the weld

Flattening sheet and plate prior to joining produces better welds and reduces scrap.

The homeowner putting up a backyard fence and the welder joining two pieces of metal face similar dilemmas. If the fence isn’t level, it may topple over with time; the heat of welding can distort and weaken  metal,  leading  to  cracks.  If stringers aren’t properly spaced before nailing in fence pickets, panels may curl over and split; if metal pieces aren’t stress relieved they may warp, becoming scrap or requiring reflattening before they can be used. Preparation and planning before any project are critical to success.

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