When you need to replace a pipe, you could hire a pipe fabrication service. However, if you are looking for ways to save money, and if you rent the necessary welding equipment, fabricating your own pipe could be a way to save money. But you will need to follow careful safety precautions when fabricating your pipe.
The Risks of Welding Pipes
When fabricating a metal pipe, you will be exposed to metal dust, metal particles, and sparks. You must always wear safety goggles, hand gloves, and a helmet.
Essential Safety Equipment
Choose safety goggles over safety glasses. Glasses will often contain spaces where debris can fly into your eyes. Make sure that the goggles fit tightly, so they do not fall off during the welding process. The goggles must provide protection against UV rays.
Also, they should be designed so they do not fog up so you will have excellent vision. Most importantly, you must choose goggles that are suitable for the type of welding you will be performing. Some safety goggles will only protect you from light welding jobs.
Choose gloves that are thick, insulated and will provide protection all the way up to the elbows. The gloves should come with reinforcements that protect the palms and wrists, which are especially vulnerable. However, when working with thick and heavy gloves, be careful because you may find it more difficult to perform jobs requiring fine detail.
Picking the Right Welding Helmet
Welding helmets are essential for many welding jobs. They can protect the face, eyes, and neck. The light generated by welding can blind the welder, so the helmet must provide sufficient protection from UV rays.
The amount of light that your helmet will protect you from is determined by the "shade factor." Fortunately, there are advanced helmets that will darken based on the amount of light you are exposed to. This will ensure that you never have to worry about being exposed to too much UV light.
Before using equipment to weld a pipe, always inspect your equipment for defects. Any parts that are malfunctioning must be replaced. Always work in an environment that is clean. A dirty environment is not only more dangerous but more likely to introduce defects to the weld.
If you want to make sure that your pipe is fabricated properly and if you want to reduce the risk of sustaining an injury, the best option is to hire a professional pipe fabrication service.