Now when it comes time to learn how-to weld iron railings some folks make believe it’s a lot more difficult than it really is. The facts are, welding iron railing is easy. Just about anyone with a few basic tools, the desire to learn, and a bit of practice will soon easily weld iron railings with the best of them.
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This is Part 3 of our free video tutorial sponsored by KingMetals.com. In this series you will learn everything you need to know about how-to prepare, weld, paint and install beautiful iron railings for personal enjoyment or for friends and family.
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So let’s get started with the basic railing
A railing is nothing more than a simple partition designed to keep individuals and their pets from falling off balcony’s, decks, landings and stairs. Iron railings are also used on porches, catwalks or any other elevated area people like to gather, as a safety and architectural feature to prevent injurious falls.
A basic iron railing, or ‘panel’, is rectangular in shape and is typically designed to be fasted to an existing wall, newel post, or other architectural feature.
Basic iron railings consist of four main components:
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When planning your railing it is easy to meet all local and regional building codes. Standard railings range between 36″ – 38″ from the floor to the top of the top rail and they usually have a 3″ – 3 1/3″ gap from the floor to the bottom rail.
In order to prevent small children and pets from getting stuck, the balusters on railings are spaced no more than 4″ on center (o.c.), but for simplicity sake you will see in the video below, I like to set up my templates at 3 1/2″ o.c. using a piece of 1″x4″ pine.
All railings must support a continuous load of 50 plf, that’s pounds per linear foot (75 kg-m) or a concentrated load of 200 pounds (90 kg). But do not let any of this scare you, this is always easily achieved with welded iron railings.
Click the video link below and watch How-to Weld Iron Railings Made Easy
Weld Iron Railings
Let’s face it, when it comes time to weld iron railings there are as many techniques as there are balcony’s in Barcelona. No matter if you have an Arc welder, a TIG welder or an easy to use MIG welder like mine, when welding railings it is simply a matter of setting and holding everything in place until it is welded.
Use the information contained within these videos as a reference and make adaptations to find what works best for you.
Designing the Perfect Iron Railings
So when it comes to designing your new railings, the most important thing to remember is that you are only limited by your imagination.
One of the nicest advantages of owning a welder is you are able to make your railings any way you like. And it does not matter what style you choose, King Metals has all the decorative iron railings you can imagine and everything in between.
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Weld Modern Iron Railings
Here is another example of how-to weld iron railings. You will see in this video how to adapt your iron railing design to match a wide variety of architectural styles.
Watch this video now and learn — How-to Fabricate Contemporary Iron Railings
So you see, no matter what style you desire, to weld iron railings is easy. You simply measure where they go, order your materials Online at KingMetals.com, set up your shop space, then start welding.
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Remember…Have Fun and Happy Welding!