HG Coded Welding Blogs

Complete Range Of Kemppi Welding and Welders equipment

Monday, August 12, 2013
by Hugh Gibson


On the 12th August 2013 we are proud to announce that HGCodedWelding.com is now an approved Kemppi Dealer. This is great news for us and our customers. Which means we can now offer an even better service to our customers, not just sales but after sales service too.

In the next few days, on our site and in our online shop  we will be providing the complete range of Kemppi products and we will dedicate a complete section to just our Kemppi range of welders welding accessories and welding equipment. A link to this section will be provided here shortly.

We will be constantly updating and adding to our Kemppi Special Deals part of this section so please bookmark and register with us for free for updates and special discounted deals only for our registered customers.

We do ship worldwide and offer a bulk discount service with free shipping on orders over £100 Please feel free to fill in our Shopping Quote Form and we will get back to you with our most competitive prices? 

The Complete Range Of Hitachi Power Tools

Saturday, July 06, 2013
by Hugh Gibson

On 14th May 2013 HGCodedWelding was proud to announce that we we are an approved appointed Hitachi Power Tools UK Dealer. Which enables us not only to be competitive with our pricing structure and offer great deals on our Hitachi products , but more importantly we can now offer the service that our customers would expect.

We now have a special dedicated Hitachi Power Tools Section and we offer the complete range of Hitachi Power Tools. Click Here to see the range. 

We will be constantly updating and adding to our Hitach Special Deals part of this section so please bookmark and register with us for free for updates and special discounted deals only for our registered customers.

We do ship worldwide and offer a bulk discount service with free shipping on orders over £100 Please feel free to fill in our Shopping Quote Form and we will get back to you with our most competitive prices? 

The new Hitachi 18 volt cordless drills with brushless motor technology

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
by Hugh Gibson

The new Hitachi 18 volt cordless drills with brushless motor technology.

The latest technology to be introduced in the cordless tool market is a huge leap forward in many ways. The new Brushless motors are on the market now. What difference does this make to the tradesmen that use these tools?
Well, the first and most important difference is the fact that these tools will last up to 50% longer in their run time on a fully charged battery.
The drill stays cooler in your hand as well. The cooling vents are much smaller too so they aren’t prone to damage from the ingress of dust etc.
The power in the drills is now managed by a micro processor which has 4 settings on it. The new triggers are now optical so no current flows through them and  they communicate seamlessly with the micro processor to control the speed of the drill.
Hitachi have kept to their tradition of making tough and rugged tools so that The new Hitachi 18 volt cordless drill with brushless motor technology is perfectly balanced in your hand. The new Li-ion batteries should last 3 times longer in total battery life over the old Ni-Cad batteries.
And here is the best bit of all ..................................

If you register your purchase (online) with Hitachi within four weeks of purchase, Hitachi will warrant the tool AND the batteries for 3 years!!!  Yes! AND the batteries!!
This development is pure “Belt and Braces” in my opinion!!
The full Hitachi power tools range will be available here at  HGCodedWelding  Online shop & Tools Store!

New HG Workwear Brand and Appointed Hitachi Dealer!

Sunday, May 19, 2013
by Hugh Gibson

Things are really starting to move at HGcodedwelding.com from this week.

We are really excited this week to be able to offer our new branded range of work wear, HG WORKWEAR.  Starting with Overall trousers, Jackets and Bib n Brace style overalls in a great range of stylish colours, these products along with our fantastic range of footwear are going to form a big part of our online business in the future.
We have just been appointed an official Hitachi Power tool dealer too and we are going to be offering the complete range of their fantastic products on our web site. The new range of brushless motors combined with the new 4.0 amp hour Li-Ion slide batteries that form the thrust of the line up are really set to tear up the UK market. This brand confidence is even further enhanced by the fact that Hitachi are now offering a three year warranty on the 4.0Ah batteries providing the purchase is registered with Hitachi within four weeks of the bought by  date.
This one point alone, we feel will give our customers huge peace of mind that the products are going to last them a long time and be very reliable.
Hitachi have also brought out a range of gardening products such as chainsaws, strimmers  and brush cutters so we are going to offer these for sale on our site.
Keep watching as we are listing more products on a daily basis.

Welding Video Outtakes & Hillarious YouTube Auto Transcribe!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
by Hugh Gibson
We made some MIG Welding videos in the garage yesterday.
It's funny you know how fast the out takes folder fills up. Kids screaming in the background, rotavators starting up, aeroplanes flying over. We are regular filmmakers now you know!. When we've finished making all the videos we are going to publish the out takes box. I think it will be quite funny.

There is a little button underneath the video in Youtube  which you can click and it will auto transcribe the text into English. Try it! It's hilarious!

Check out our videos and give it a go, let me know what you think?

Change The Screens In Your Welding Mask

Sunday, April 14, 2013
by Hugh Gibson
Replace the plastic cover screens in your welding mask regularly!

You would be amazed how many welding collegues I know that are too tight to change the throw away cover screens on each side of the reactive lens on their welding masks.

If you buy them in the multi packs, they don't work out too expensive but they will make a huge difference to how much more you can see and consequently, how much better you can weld.
Take care that there is no grinding dust or debris between the inner reactive lens and the throw away screen as this might scratch the inner screen and damage it permanently.
Try to carefully clean the inner surface before fitting a new
cover screen.
Another good tip if you are using a solar powered head shield is to ensure that the little light sensors that trigger the lens are clean before you replace the front outer cover screen. They are usually the little round shapes about 5mm diameter in the corners.

Now you have changed the cover screens you are ready to try it out.  Wow!   What a difference!

A few months back I was reading a forum page and this guy was nervous about his welding test the following day. He was asking if there was anything he should do before his test. My reply to him was to say "change the cover screens in your mask" You need all the advantage you can get when you are taking a test so it makes sense to see properly.

Follow The Red Tape, It's Much Easier

Friday, April 05, 2013
by Hugh Gibson


Follow the red tape- It's much easier

The days of turning up on site as a contractor and de bunking all your gear and getting stuck into a welding job without signing in or obtaining various permits  have gone.

These days it can take a contractor almost an hour to get all the paperwork in place before they have done a stroke of work.

A typical example goes like this:

Arrive on site and the first thing you need to do is sign in at reception. This is so that the host company has an idea of who is on their site and allows them to record your details in case there is a fire. It is equally important that you sign out again when you leave otherwise they could be risking lives searching a building for you in the case of a fire.

The next thing you will need to do is to make sure that you are wearing appropriate protective clothing as set out in the host company's policy. This will often take the form of:

Hi Viz Vest:
Steel toe-capped footwear:

Sometimes it is compulsary to wear eye safety glasses or a hair net on site depending on the type of business you are visiting.

The next thing you will be asked is whether you have had a site induction. This typically involves reading a folder of the host company's site rules and regulations and also will indicate what to do in the case of a fire etc.

Once you have been inducted you might then have to produce a Risk Assesment for the work and the location you are proposing to work. Along with this you are invariably asked for a Method Statement for your proposed work.

The next thing you should be asked for is a copy of your current insurance policy.
No company worth it's salt is going to let you loose with a welder or gas cutting gear without first checking to see that you have the correct insurance.

The next thing on some lists is to check to see that all your electrical gear has a current PAT test.

The last thing you will need before you begin to start work will be permit to work. These are job specific and can be specialised for a particular kind of job. For example Hot Work, General work, Working at height, Working in a confined space.

So you can see what's involved before you even start to work.

Don't be tempted to try and shortcut the system. You will get found out and probably thrown off site permanently. Also your insurance policy (If you are lucky enough to get one for hot work ) states that you must get the permission of your host company before you start any such work. If you don't, your insurance will be invalid. These days a fully stocked warehouse might contain goods with a value running into tens of millions. Guess who will have a law suite after them which will take all you own and your house as well if you are not careful!!

Don't fight the system!  It's much easier and it will impress companies if you are prepared and all up to date.
They like people like this and it will go a long way in your professional approach to your business.

You Know You're A Welder When..

Wednesday, April 03, 2013
by Hugh Gibson
You Know You're a welder when...........

I've found these on the net and thought I would share some of them with you because they made me laugh out loud!
See if you can identify with some of them.
Please log in and add a few of your own....

"You know you're a welder when....."

"...you're proud of all the burns on your body."
"...your kids ask you why you have all those holes in your shirt."
"...you dig in your pocket for change and come up with a piece of chalk."
"...you miss your court date because you stood outside the courthouse looking at the welds on the handrails."
"...you visually inspect the welds before riding a roller-coaster."
"...you eat smoked baby clams out of the can with stainless TIG filler rod."
"...you don't need cooking tools to flip burgers."
"...when your sunday shoes are steel toe caps."
"...you have welders and helmets in every room in the house."
"...the only thing you can`t weld is a broken heart and the crack of dawn."
"...you have a higher IQ than fitters."
"...you take you wife to the welding supply store and try to convince her that you are taking her out "look free popcorn"
"...you find these comments funny because they are true!"
"...you catch on fire everyday and you don't mind."
"...you look past the very attractive girl walking by the welding supply store to see if anything is on sale."
"...you're affraid of flying and take a 100 feet of welding lead with you. If the plane starts to go down you can throw it
    out. It's sure to hang up on something."
"...Your nose peels worse than an onion."
"...you cant be seen in public without your hat turned around ."
"...you look for splatter on big structures."
"...you take stuff apart to save the metal because you could use that one day!"
"...you have no fear of being finger printed."
"...each one of your neighbours have asked for a "little" weld repair on various items."
"...you hear someone welding on the tv in the other room and say 'oh that is way too cold'."
"...you have the best indoor tan around!
"...you catch a hot one down the front of your shirt, feel it roll down to your belly button....and never flinch!!!."
"...your wife has to park in the driveway, because the garage is full of steel."
"...you are not afraid to stand on your work."
"...you tell your wife "I can make you one of those, better and cheaper!" every time she looks at some metal nick-nack for the house."
"...your watch crystal is full of splatter."
"...you look as if you are single as your wedding ring is not on your finger."
"...while riding the ferry, she's looking at the view,you're looking at the welds."
"...you plan TIG projects according to wind direction."
"...you think its normal for kleenex to be black after you blow your nose."
"...your extension cord is thicker then your garden hose."
"...you finally get good and your eyes start going."
"...you can tell the differance between 6010 and 7018 just by the smell."
"...you are right and EVERYONE else is wrong."
"...the neighbourhood never gets dark"

"...you smell of sunblock all the time and you've not been near the beach"

I'm Scared Of Heights!

Friday, March 29, 2013
by Hugh Gibson

I'm scared of heights!

I had my worst job in the world to tackle today.

The top guide rail on a monorail crane high bay storage system had been damaged and I was called in to straighten it.

For those of you that don't know what I am refering to I have found a video of something very similar on YouTube.
Here is a link to it to give you a flavour of my discomfort. http://youtu.be/tJ0LOTuArKQ
It's the bit at the very top of these cranes that was damaged.

Even though I was inside a "Man Up" cage securely fixed onto the pallet forks, at that height it was killing me!
The upside down channel right at the top of the crane that keeps it in the upright position was bent and had to be heated up with Oxy-Propane and persuaded to go back to its original shape with a large sledge hammer.
It's amazing how much mental energy you have to expend to block out the fact that you are the goon in the cage at 65 feet up. The sweat was pouring down my face I can tell you!
The job up there took about an hour and no body was more relieved than me when we finally got down.

If anyone else has days like this perhaps you could leave a comment please. I can't be the only one?




Forklift Trucks Welding Modifications

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
by Hugh Gibson

Forklift Trucks- Welding Modifications

Somebody has asked me to write a blog about welding on forklift trucks so here goes.

Reputed to have been invented in 1917 by a transmission manufacturer to handle their product, Clark Materials. Handling had the first forklift as an actual machine for sale in 1918. Although similar is concept to today's fork trucks, the modern day machine is vastly different and uses electronics and "fly by wire"controls to provide precise levels of movement.

When I first got involved with the welding repairs and fabrication of attachments back in the 80's you could pretty much modify and make up various bits as you liked.

Any attachments had to be SWL (safe working load) tested to the correct load but as far as design, it was up to the individual engineer to make sure that the product was fit for purpose.   These days all that has changed.

If you want to make up a special lifting attachment to go on your own truck or a customers truck you need to be able to "CE" mark it with a special manufacturers label.

This control has come into force to protect people from accidents happening whereby a badly designed and made attachment fails and injures someone.

There should be a paper trial with documents such as design drawings and calculations.

Also SWL considerations. It is quite expensive to travel down this route and you often find that is not economical to pursue for a one off job. Anyway I've digressed enough already.

Welding repairs to forklift trucks these days is tightly controlled, usually by the manufacturer.

When they supply a new forklift truck, they will have gone down the route of all the designs and calculations and invested a considerable sum in their product. It will have all the regional safety approvals and have a "CE" mark. The last thing they need is someone coming along and modifying a particular part of the truck as this will make their product fall outside of the very scheme that they have strived to adhere to. It will also play havoc with any quality scheme such as BS 9001.

Just imagine that you are a local welder and you are asked by a manager of a business to modify an overhead guard on his fork truck so that he can get it in underneath a low headroom door. You are a perfectly competant welder so you work out that if you chop a section of the guard out and re weld the bits back together, it will fit under the doorway. Off you go and carry out a first class job! Well done!

Now, six months later there is an accident involving the forklift truck where a stack of pallets containing some heavy items has toppled over and struck the truck on the top side of the overhead guard. The guard held together ok but the driver was injured. Now the "HSE" (health and safety executive) are called in as this kind of accident is  notifiable in the UK. The first thing they are going to ask to see is the record of periodic maintenance for the truck.
Assuming this is all ok the next thing they will notice is that the guard has been modified. Who do you think they will be wanting to interview because the truck is now no longer covered by the manufacturers original specification?


All I will say is be very careful if you carry out any modifications to forklift trucks.

The best way forward is to get official written permission to carry out a modification from the manufacturer first. This often takes the form of an official notice of modification. They have to know that what you are proposing to do will not affect the safe operation of their equipment. It will probably involve so engineering drawings and notes carefully explaining the modification. If it is anything to do with an overhead guard they will probably say no.