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How to ensure you get the weld you want
By: Bob Buchanan
When it comes to welding – and fabrication in general – how do you define what you expect? How do you communicate the level of quality you want? There are a lot of things you can put in writing, like specific materials or techniques. But things like appearance can be hard to quantify.
That’s why I recommend using a welding coupon to ensure you get the results you expect. Here’s what to do:
- Go to your welder’s shop and have them create samples (our samples are usually at least 1 foot by 1 foot).
- Once you get a welding sample that represents what you want, cut it in half.
- Have both parties sign and date each half.
- Each party takes one half with them. That way each party has proof of what the final product should be.
We use a similar process for painting. You’d think a color is a color is a color – but it’s not that easy. A little paint chip isn’t enough. Paint a piece (at least 1 foot square) that meets your expectations, and then cut it in half, sign it, and date it. That way there are no questions about what is expected.
This process takes the subjectivity out of it, so you can be assured you get exactly what you want.
For more information about our welding techniques, go to www.bo-marind.com/what-we-do/welding/