Can You Weld Door Hinges? How to Do It Right?
Our heavy-duty door was not staying in place. Even the high-quality door hinges were not capable of making the door stay stable. The screws would strip, or the hinge would just break after a couple of months.
After facing all of these, the question of can you weld door hinges came to the back of our minds. Yes, we know that it is pretty uncommon to weld door hinges, but welding can make a strong connection with the door and keep the door stable for a long time, unless you remove it.
So, we got into experimenting. After investing hours and trying different methods, we did manage to succeed. And we are going to go through the quick and easy method that worked for us in this article. So, stick till the very end.
Steps to Follow to Weld Hinges on Door
Trust us; the other methods we followed while experimenting with the hinges did not go as planned. They took a lot of time, and the results were disappointing. Nonetheless, to carry out the process that actually worked for us, you need to follow these steps:
Step 1: Wear Protective Gears
You will be working with a welding machine here. So, safety should be your topmost priority. First, ensure that you have a welding helmet. It should protect your head and your eyes properly. Wear heavy-duty welding gloves. Those will protect your hands from heat, radiation, and electrical shock.
Finally, wear a leather apron. It will prevent the sparks from the welding machine from making contact with your clothes. When those sparks do come in contact with your clothes, they can leave burn marks or create a potential fire.
Step 2: Prepare the Metal
Next, you need to prepare the metal door. The door might be brand new for you. In that case, you do not need to scrape the surface. However, in our case, we were using an old door that had a bit of rust on the spot we wanted to weld the hinge on. So, we had to scrape the area properly.
On that note, while scraping, you need to use 80 grit sandpaper or an angle grinder, or a wire brush. Wipe the surface with acetone after sanding. It will take care of any of the dust that might be on the surface. Dry the entire surface with a clean cloth after cleaning it. Also, if needed use a door hinge jig for accurate hinge positioning.
Step 3: Setup the Welding Machine
Now that the metal door is ready to accept the weld, you need to set up the welding machine. We had a MIG welder. For that, we had to first ensure it had a wire spool. Also, do make sure that the shielding gas canister is set up correctly on the working table.
Clamp the ground to the table that you will be working on. And yes, you would require a metalworking table for this. Without a metalworking table, the ground cable clamped on the table will not make any sense at all. You would also need to make sure that the welding gun is ready to weld metal.
Step 4: Hold the Welding Gun in the Correct Manner
Once everything is set, you need to place the hinge at the right spot of the door. We went for the very corner, where the hinge was originally installed at the very beginning. Hold the welding gun with one of your hands and position the tip at a 20 degrees angle. This position is also referred to as a push position.
On that note, the position will allow you to penetrate further into both metals. And when the body of the hinge is penetrated into the body of the door, it will securely stay in place.
Step 5: Use the Welding Machine
At this moment, both the door and the hinge should be prepared to accept the weld. And all you need to do is ensure that you have the right protective gears on and turn the machine on. The gun should create a spark and start welding the hinge to the door.
Do not stay in the same spot for more than 2 seconds. Move the gun slowly in a straight line and weld the entire hinge with the door. You will notice that the welding gun is making tiny circles on the hinge and the door. Make the pattern go straight and meet both the hinge and the door.
Repeat the entire welding process for the other hinges. In our case, we had to work with a total of three hinges. And we needed to follow steps 4 and 5 three times.
Step 6: Finishing Touches
Get yourself a wire brush. Use it to clean off the slag that the weld might have left on the surface. Rub the brush back and forth over the area where you have used the welding gun.
We hope that the answer to the question of can you weld door hinges is pretty clear. That being said, whenever you are welding something, ensure that you have the right protective clothing and the welder is set up correctly if you want to prevent any accidents.