Cameron Dekker

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Cameron grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania, a once-proud steel town on the Lehigh River, where he got a taste of TIG welding in his high school shop class. He holds certificates for Certified WeldingEducator (CWE) and Certified Resistance Welding Technician (CRWT) from the American Welding Institute. His interests include scuba diving, sculpture, and kayaking.

How to Replace Rocker Panels Without Welding


On numerous late-body pickup trucks, the rocker panels are a real Achilles heel. Their position beneath your doors implies that they’re exposed and likely to be affected by damage and corrosion. Once the rockers start to rust, it won’t stop – lest you do something about it. Replacing rocker panels cannot be done by a […]

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AC vs DC Welding: What’s the Difference?


When you’re learning to weld, the sheer amount of information you need to know can be overwhelming. There’s so much terminology to learn and the variables seem infinite. You need to know how to set your equipment for different types of metals, with changes made for variations in thickness, filler material, and the amperage you’re […]

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How to Fix Cast Iron Without Welding

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Cast iron is utilized in many industrial and household structures. It is a vital useful material used in a wide range of ways, from stoves to engines. By nature, cast iron is brittle. However, it can be susceptible to breaks and cracks if not well maintained. Cracks on cast iron may be brought about by […]

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How to Test an Auto-Darkening Welding Helmet: 7 Quick Steps


Why is it necessary to test a welding helmet? Remember, the motto is: safety first. A welding helmet is a mandatory protective gear, whether you are embarking on a small or big project. Remember that welding exposes you to intense heat and harmful ultraviolet light that can cause fatal injuries if you assume the safety […]

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What Is TIG Welding (aka GTAW)? Understanding it Thoroughly

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TIG welding is also known to many welders as Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW). It is a welding process that uses TIG electrodes (which do not dissolve or burn during welding) and an electric arc. TIG welding simply involves the melting of metals together without using any filler metal, as in MIG welding. TIG welding […]

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Inverter vs. Transformer Welder: Which is Better for Your Needs?

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Electric welding machines have been in use for more than 100 years. Similar to any technology, welding machines nowadays are significantly more enhanced than those of previous decades. However, there’s something to be said about old-school reliability as well. Many welding professionals have a choice when it comes to transformer or inverter welding machines. However, […]

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Body Panel Adhesive vs. Welding: Which Method Should You Use? 

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At the fabrication stage, it is crucial to create permanent joints that will help secure the parts. There are certain specifications we consider when deliberating between welding or body panel adhesive. Knowing the best method to use requires experience and adequate technical knowledge to ensure that the method selected is the most suitable. Welding thin […]

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Riveting vs Welding: What Are the Pros & Cons of Each Method?

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Choosing the right metal joining method is very important as it makes your product structurally and commercially sound. There are several factors that one should look out for when choosing the appropriate joining process. Join us as we take a comprehensive look at the pros and cons of riveting versus welding. An Overview of Riveting […]

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Welding vs Bolting: Which Method Should You Use?

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Every trade has its tools, methods, and tricks. A framer fastens wood together with nails. A plumber may use a pipe joint compound. Metal fabricators use primarily welding and bolting to fasten together pieces of metal. For some welding may seem like more of a niche skill that can be difficult to learn without years […]

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What is Arc Welding?

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Arc welding is a welding cycle utilized to join metal to metal by using power to make enough warmth to dissolve metal and the liquefied metals when the cool outcome in an authoritative of the metals. It is a kind of welding that utilizes a welding power supply to make an electric bend between a […]

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