Welding is a craft that has, over the years, decreased in prominence but not in importance. The satisfaction that comes from working with your hands and having solid products that you can point to as a sign of your accomplishment is extremely high. That satisfaction, however, relies on your equipment staying effective and in its best condition.

Below, you'll find a guide to some steps you should take to maintain your welder's gas system. The gas stabilization aspect of welding is a key component of securing a firm and permanent weld, so making sure that your system doesn't fail will keep you safe and keep your projects strong for years to come.

Cylinders

The cylinders in your gas system can be particularly vulnerable to damage caused by dropping or heavy contact. You should be sure to always secure your gas cylinders with a chain as suggested by your equipment manufacturer. You should also install threaded caps over them when they aren't in use to prevent leaking or contact damage.

You should also be sure to store your cylinders properly, which usually includes making sure that you store them in a vertical position. Laying a gas cylinder on its side can create undue stress on the cylinder's seals and can risk leaks or damage that can severely damage your equipment and the surrounding area.

Regulators

If you notice any potential damage to the pressure regulator on your gas system, it should be immediately removed and replaced. One sign that you have regulator damage is noticing a leak or, in other cases, pressure that continues to creep higher than it should.

A faulty gauge that doesn't sufficiently move the stop pin is also a sign of a failing regulator. All of these situations can create dangerously high pressures and leaks that threaten the stability and safety of your work area and can cause serious accidents and injury. Be sure to return your regulator to its manufacturer for repair.

Hoses

Being able to safely transport gas from your tanks requires you to have strong hoses without any splits or cracks. To that end, make sure that you always use the correctly sized hoses and only use clamps and attachment points that are designed for welding applications. You should also try to keep the hoses as short as possible to avoid potential damage from tangling and kinks. You should regularly inspect your hoses for any leaks, weak connections, or other issues that could cause serious failures.

For more tips, contact a company like Wayne Oxygen & Welding Supply Co Inc.

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