Stud Welding Supply Stores: How To Look For And Find Certain Unusually-Named Items On Your Welder's List
If you have never walked into an actual stud welding supply store, like Northland Fastening Systems, you may be surprised to find that they sell a lot more than just arc welding machines and studs of various kinds. As a construction contractor, you probably leave these tasks up to your welders or to the welding subcontractors, but if you are asked to create an open purchase order for supplies on your next project, this may all be new to you. The following unusually-named items (and how you can find them) should also be located in or near the stud welding bolts in the welding supply shop.
Despite the name, you are not getting two legs of anything with this particular stud welding accessory. What you should be looking for when your welder asks for it is an almost triangular-shaped piece of metal with two holes in opposite corners of the piece. A U-shaped section is removed from the top so that this item will fit around a larger circular component, which is regularly sold separately. The two holes in this "twin leg" are where your welder will insert two very large and long bolts, called "legs" and weld them into place to the beam or post on which he or she is working. It acts as a reinforcement piece.
Standard Adjustable Legs
If the request for a "twin leg" does not sufficiently confuse you, then your welder's request for "standard adjustable legs" just might. These accessories look nothing like the "twin legs" because these are more bolt-like in appearance. They are usually quite long, longer than most of the standard bolts used in welding, which makes them ideal for welding into and through extremely thick metal beams or platforms. Additionally, a welding supply store will probably have any number of sizes on hand, from seven inches long to thirty-six inches long. Be sure your welder specifies exactly what length he or she wants or wants you to order so that you do not pick up the wrong size and have to make an effort to return the "legs."
Deformed Bar Anchors
When you do not know much about welding, you may be wondering why your welder is asking for "deformed bar anchors." Usually, the word "deformed" refers to items that are not the right shape or the appearance of the items is not within accepted norms for those objects. However, a deformed bar anchor is actually well-formed for its intended purpose. The "deformed" part of these anchors refers to the odd grooves found in these devices, and not to any accidental malformation created in the factory. They closely resemble rebar, but are much smaller and narrower in diameter. The notches in the anchor and the extensions on both ends allows the welder to melt some of this anchor down to fit the space made for it.