5 Essential Visual Reference Guides For Welders

5 Essential Visual Reference Guides For Welders

Let’s face it. We’re all kind of know-it-alls when it comes to welding. We talk big, but 90% of the time we’re just blowing smoke. It’s in our nature.

The truth is, even the best in the business need a little instruction on new techniques or a refresher course on old ones from time to time.

Whether you want to learn welding from square one or just pick up some quick tips on a specific process, online how-to videos and guides are by far some of the best resources available. You don’t even have to leave your living room to learn those vital skills and nifty tricks of the trade.

But there is a downside...

These days anyone with a camera phone can make a “how-to” video, and it can get downright ridiculous trying to get through all those amateur know-it-alls to find that one great tutorial.

But we can help!

In this post, we’ve compiled a quick list of some of the best online resources available in the welding industry. These high quality sites and blogs are guaranteed to have what you’re looking for. So take a look around and let us know what you think!

1. Weld.com’s Youtube Channel (“Tig Time” with Mr. Tig)

Humans are visual creatures. It’s much easier for people to process information that can be seen. This is why videos are so helpful when it comes to learning new skills. Weld.com’s YouTube channel is quite possibly the best resource for anyone trying to learn welding techniques. You’ll find plenty of welding tips and tricks that are sure to help you drop that perfect bead.

2. Weldguru.com

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Weld Guru is an extremely comprehensive website with a ton of information. They cover nearly every method of welding and cutting possible and provide information about the history, basics, processes, and equipment for each. It’s a quality resource for anyone with interest in welding, from beginners to seasoned pros.

3. Miller’s Video Blog


Miller is one of the most trusted brands in the industry. So it makes sense that the video blog on their website would live up to its legendary name. Miller's video library is meant to give you the know-how to master even the most challenging welding processes.

4. Lincoln Electric’s Resource Page


Just like Miller, Lincoln Electric has long been one of the biggest names in the industry. On their website’s resource page, they provide application stories, how-to guides, welding solutions, video tutorials, CAD file downloads, and a lot more.

5. Crown Alloy Technical Sheets and General Information


Crown Alloy’s site isn’t full of how-to guides and video tutorials like the others on this list, but it does provide a couple of extremely valuable resources. The General Welding Information page has downloadable PDF guides about steel identification, preheating charts, and the color and characteristics of steel at certain temperatures. There’s also a page of technical sheets that’s extremely valuable and informative for deciding which product to use with each type of metal.