Where does one buy manual metal arc welding electrodes in the UK - in
particular, East London?
The likes of B&Q, and Machine Mart, just seem to sell "Welding
electrodes". Graduated in how thick they are, but no mention of what
material they're for (mild steel? nickel? stainless? aluminium? copper?
My teach-yourself-welding book suggests (does not explicitly state; just
suggests, vaguely) that one might use electrodes of the same metal
you're joining (except that you apparently use pure nickel sometimes
when welding cast iron).
But everywhere that sells electrodes just calls them "electrodes".
What gives? Should I just buy generic "electrodes" from Machine Mart,
and use them to weld everything in sight? Or is there a place I can get
a catalogue from that lists all the electrodes I might ever want,
indexed by material and welding position and thickness and whatnot?
I buy them at what used to be called WH Clarke on Hackney Road - They
recently changed name to Daniel something or other - my memory is
failing clearly!. They're at the Cambridge Heath Road end on the north
side. Very useful supplier of stuff like that and MS rod/strip/bar
Oooh, I hadn't noticed your post and so got some from Welder's Warehouse
- but you do have some interesting electrodes they don't and a wide
range of accessories - I've put you in my bookmarks for when I need more