How to Weld Exhaust Pipe the Right Way: 7 Basic Steps

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How to Weld Exhaust Pipe

Welding is a skill that can take years to perfect, but there are some basic steps that you can follow in order to get the job done right. Welding is not just for professionals anymore! If you have ever wanted to learn how to weld exhaust pipe, here are 7 simple steps that will help you do it the right way.

How to Weld Exhaust Pipe In 7 Steps

Step 1: Cut the Pipe

Before you can even begin welding, you need to cut your pipe in order to make a straight line.  Take your angle grinder and put on a cutting wheel, then start at one end of the pipe and slice all the way through it until you get to the other side.

Make sure that both sides have been cut completely through when you are done before you move onto step two or else this could cause problems with how well the machine will hold up during use.  

Step 2: Prep Work Before You Start Welding Your Exhaust Pipe

Now that both ends of your exhaust pipe have been properly cut with an angle grinder so they each have nice clean lines, it’s time to prep them for welding by removing any rust, paint, or other materials from the surface.  

Step 3: Attach the Clamp

Attach one end of your clamp to a sturdy table that can support at least 500 lbs as well as where you will be working on welding your pipe together. The clamp itself doesn’t have to be super heavy duty since it is only going around half of the circumference of the exhaust pipe, but does need to be big enough so it doesn’t slip off while you are using it and trying to weld this thing together one handed which isn’t easy by yourself! The size I used was about 20 inches long with adjustable jaws able hold up 15 inches wide.

Step 4: Adding Refractory Material Around Welding Area

Take your refractory material and place it around the area where you will be welding.  You want to make sure that this is a good foot or two away from the actual weld zone since there could potentially be some sparks flying when you are working.  

If you don’t have refractory material available for any reason, firebrick would work in a pinch as well if they were cut into smaller pieces instead of just one large brick!

Step 5: Preparing Your Electric Welder

Now that everything has been prepped properly beforehand, attach an electrode to your machine.

To do so simply push down on the clamp until it locks in place then switch on your power source and start playing with different settings while watching the electrode to see which one gives you the best results.

Step 6: Welding Exhaust Pipe Together

Now it’s finally time to start welding!  Make sure that your machine is set on a good stable surface before you begin and then hold the pipe in place with one hand while using the other hand to weld. Remember to always keep an eye on your work as you go, stopping if necessary so you can adjust whatever needs adjusting without ruining all of your hard work up until this point!

Step 7: Finishing Touches

After welding the exhaust pipe together, take some sandpaper and give it a quick once over just to make sure there are no sharp edges or burrs anywhere that could potentially cause harm down the line.  

Welding a pipe is not the easiest thing in the world to do, but with these simple steps, you can make it much easier on yourself and have a good shot at success! While there are many different ways to go about welding your exhaust pipe together, these easy-to-follow instructions will work every single time without fail if done properly.   

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