Aaron Rice

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Aaron is a Pacific Northwest native. He worked in landscaping from a young age which eventually led him to start his own small-scale business. He then turned his attention to welding. He has worked as a welder and fitter on Portland and Tacoma waterfronts building railcars, bridges, and marine structures. Bringing together the theoretical aspects of fabrication with the nitty-gritty is something he's enthusiastic about. In his free time, he enjoys coffee, playing guitar, and playing cribbage with his wife. He is currently a graduate student in Boston, Massachusetts.

Porosity in Welding: What it Is, Causes & Remedies

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You’ve got your hood down. You’re welding a groove weld nice and smooth. Everything is looking consistent. You’re in the zone. Then the weld puddle starts sputtering a little bit. You think, “It’s just some extra mill scale burning off of the edge of the plate. No big deal, right?” You continue welding. Then you […]

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How Long Are Welding Certifications Good For?

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The American Welding Society (AWS) is the largest welder certification agency in the United States. They issue certifications for welders, inspectors, and instructors. Even though many cities and municipalities issue their own certifications for welders, the AWS is the most universal standard. If you are a certified welder and did your test at an AWS […]

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What is Cad Welding, and How Does It Work?


Cadweld is a brand name for the exothermic welding process. This is a process most often used to form strong bonds where arc welding would induce too much heat into the joint. Exothermic welding is often hidden from sight, since one of the most common applications is the joining of large cables, such as copper […]

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What is Cold Welding, and How Does It Work?


Welding is supposed to be hot, right? Lots of sparks, maybe a rag or pant leg catching fire – this is what we think of when we hear ‘welding.’ So how can welding be cold? Cold welding, or contact welding, is a solid-state welding process. We don’t normally think of welding in this way, but […]

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Why Are Welding Carts Angled?

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If you’ve ever been in a steel shop environment, whether you are a welder or just a shop hand, you’ve seen welding machines sitting around. Sometimes they are just stacked in the corner not being used. But the ones that are used fall into two categories. Those with clutter all over them, and those that […]

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