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WHAT SAFETY GEAR SHOULD I WEAR WHEN WORKING IN METAL FABRICATION?

When working on any sort of metalworking project, safety should always be your highest priority. A good definition of how to place safety as your highest priority would be to ensure that the following safety measures are taken whenever working on a project: 1. You chose the correct tools for the job in terms of […]

HOW DO I DRILL THROUGH CERAMIC & PORCELAIN TILES?

Installing a towel bar or toilet-paper holder often requires drilling through glazed ceramic tile, which is no easy task. So where to start? Let’s walk through the steps to drilling through ceramic and porcelain tiles. STEP 1: USE THE CORRECT DRILL BIT In drilling through tiles safely, using the appropriate drill bit is very important. There […]

HOW AND WHEN IS SCOTCHBRITE™ USED IN METAL FABRICATION?

In general terms, Scotchbrite is used to change the patina of a metal surface.  Most commonly, Scotchbrite is used to create a “brushed” or a “mirror” finish to the surface of something that has been manufactured out of Stainless Steel. Scotchbrite is a sparse non-woven polymer that can be manufactured from cellulose, nylon or spun […]

STAINLESS STEEL vs “NORMAL” MILD STEEL FABRICATION

What’s the Difference Between Stainless Steel and Mild Steel? The basic difference is between the two is that mild steel (also called low carbon steel or black steel) is alloyed using carbon whereas stainless steel is alloyed with chromium, nickel, molybdenum and other elements to improve its mechanical and chemical properties. The two different alloy […]

PALM COATED WORK GLOVES – Polyurethane vs Foam Nitrile Coating

Palm-coated work gloves are suited for handling small parts, the automotive industry, metalwork, fabrication, construction, the food industry and general purpose. Palm coatings bring important benefits and options to work gloves, including enhanced grip, higher levels of abrasion resistance, and even water resistance. But choosing the correct glove coating for your job can be tricky. This article […]

ABRASIVE WHEELS FOR ANGLE GRINDERS

The vast array of abrasives to choose for cutting, sanding, grinding, finishing and stripping metal can be overwhelming for users who do not work within the steel fabrication industry. This article is designed to brief DIY users working on metal projects how to select the best abrasive for the job. As most fabricators use angle […]

WHAT TYPE OF FLAP DISC IS BEST FOR GRINDING METAL ?

Flap discs are generally the best abrasive wheel for fast stock removal and provide grinding, blending and finishing with one product. Designed for both mild and stainless steel, flap wheels made from zirconia (or zirconium) abrasive ribbon (blue / green in colour) are ideal for use on most metals including stainless steel. Other flap discs […]

WHAT ARE THE BEST CUTTING DISCS FOR STEEL ?

DIY users approaching projects in the metal fabrication field, where steel cutting is required, always have an initial question on what is the best abrasive product to efficiently cut through both stainless steel and mild steel. There are a few key determinants to selecting both the appropriate power tool for your project, and the most […]