Whether you’re a DIYer or a Pro, there may come a time when you need to join two pieces of metal together. That’s exactly what welding and soldering is all about. At The Home Depot, we have everything you need for your welding and soldering projects. From welding machines, welding supplies and welding safety apparel to soldering guns, solder flux, rods and irons, we’re your one-stop shop for all things welding and soldering.
Welding vs. Soldering
You will often hear the terms welding and soldering used interchangeably, but there are some distinct differences between the two. To decide which application is best for your needs, first think about what you’re joining. Secondly, think about how strong you need that joint to be.
For soldering, two metals are joined together by melting solder, generally a mixture of tin and copper. You melt the solder but not the two pieces of metal you’re joining together. Soldering is often used in plumbing and can also be used for jewelry making, among other things. Because the temperature required for soldering is much lower than that for welding, it’s often the choice of DIYers. For soldering, the temperature must be below 840°F. Once it goes above that 840°F mark, the process is called brazing. No matter the job, we have all the soldering supplies and soldering equipment you need to get it done.
Higher temperatures are required to weld. The temperature required to melt metal is around 6,500 °F. During welding, the metal components are melted and fused together, producing a much stronger joint than soldering. The most popular welding tools are MIG welders, TIG welders and stick welders. MIG stands for metal inert gas and MIG welders are commonly used in automotive repair, plumbing and construction. TIG stands for tungsten inert gas. TIG welders are popular with pros because they can weld a wide variety of metals. DIYers commonly use stick welders because they are convenient and do not require shielding gas.
Welding & Soldering Safety
It’s important to put safety first any time you’re welding, soldering or brazing. That means utilizing the proper safety equipment every time. Avoid potential burns and other injuries by properly covering your eyes, face, hands, arms, head and body. Learn more about welding equipment, welding safety and welding accessories in our welding guide.
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