Welding Safety Can Be Stylish!

Arc-Zone’s Joanie rockin’ the VelvetArc jacket and looking pretty stylish in that respirator!

June is National Safety Month and I heard a story the other day about a young (wet behind the ears) man who showed up for his summer job at a construction site wearing those super baggy, hang-below-your-behind pants.  You know, the kind of pants you have hold up with one hand to keep ‘em from falling down…  Well, this young man was advised that he needed to wear pants that fit, and I’m sure the young man thought his boss was a jerk, that he didn’t understand just how cool it is to wear the baggy pants.  After the 3rd day of not complying, the boss told him that if he continued to show up with those baggy pants, he’d have to pay him half his wage, since he was only using one hand to do his job and everyone else was using both hands.

Now you’re wondering what that story has to do with welding safety, right?  It’s all about fit!  Baggy pants can drag on the floor, rolled up sleeves can come undone, gloves too big make it hard to work.  As a woman welder the ill-fitting welding apparel is all too familiar.  Fortunately there are some better fitting options available for us. Continue reading

It’s Never too Late to be a Welder Chic

Danelle Dibari-Starustka, Welder Chic

Danelle Dibari-Starustka

Danelle Dibari-Starustka was 37 years old working as a Team Leader at a utility company when she took her first FCAW welding class for fun.  That was about nine years ago. “I instantly fell in love as soon as I struck my first arc!” she says. “It really felt natural to me.”

She enjoyed the class so much she started taking other classes to continue learning about different processes. As my skill level increased, I started buying my own tools and equipment to take on small-scale side jobs like gates, planter boxes, and carts. “I absolutely loved building things that would pretty much last a lifetime,” Danelle says. Continue reading

From Nanny to US Navy Welder

Jim Watson and Alexandra Pollard at Arc-Zone

Alexandra Pollard with Jim Watson

Alexandra Pollard serves as an E-2 Hull technician (Welder and a plumber) in the U.S. Navy. She recently stopped by Arc-Zone to pick up some welding  supplies.

Alexandra has been welding since she was 8 years old. “I got started because my dad couldn’t fit under our 1965 Chevy Impala. He put the auto-darkening helmet on my head, handed me the MIG torch, and told me to fill a hole in the under body,” she says. Continue reading

Save with Blanket POs for your welding accessories

April is all about savings at Arc-Zone and we have tons of ways to save you money.  One often overlooked way will not only save you money but time.  Blanket purchase orders for your welding accessory needs.

Pre-ground Tungsten ElectrodesThis may not be a big deal if you are a small fab shop and you don’t need to buy welding accessories in bulk, but for those of our customers who run high volume or automated welding operations, having the accessories on hand for their welding application is imperative.  When you’re standing around waiting for parts to arrive, you’re not making money! Continue reading

TIG Torch (March) Madness!

In honor of March TIG Torch Madness Month, I thought I’d do a roundup of our best posts about TIG Torches.

 

Selecting the Right TIG Torch. Do you need an air-cooled or water-cooled TIG Torch?  How many amps?  Should you go all out and get the most amperage, the biggest TIG Torch?  This article will get you started in the right direction.  Of course you can always call the folks at Arc-Zone.com for guidance based in your welding application. Continue reading

Celebrating Women’s (Welding) History with Rosie the Riveter

How it got to be March, I can’t fathom.  It seems we just got through the holidays and now we’re “Springing Forward”  (don’t forget to spring your clocks forward on Saturday night) and Women’s History Month is upon us. So in honor of Women’s History month, I thought a roundup of Rosie the Riveter history (or herstory) would be in order.

Where Did Rosie the Riveter Come From?

Rosie the Riveter

As most of you know Rosie the Riveter was an iconic (cartoon) figure who started out as a World War II era Norman Rockwell illustration for the cover of the Saturday Evening Post and became a propaganda poster to inspire women working at Westinghouse to support the war effort, filling jobs vacated by our young men who’d joined the military.

Did you know that there was a Rosie the Riveter SONG? Continue reading