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#1 HDWildBill OFFLINE  

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Posted March 08, 2015 - 05:54 PM

Over the past 9 months and especially this winter I have been teaching my self how to weld.  One problem I have is when I strike and arc I can't see what I'm doing all I see is the arc.  So I can't how well I'm doing or in what direction I'm going.  Quite often I find my self going in the wrong direction.  Any guidance would be appreciated.


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Posted March 08, 2015 - 05:58 PM

Have same problem when no good light on project. A good spotlight on arm works good over the bench. OR, the shade glass in helmets can be changed to lighter or darker shade. Most for arc are #10, but many others available. Don't want to go too light or is bad as staring at welder w;out glasses would be over long time. Check with your Weld supply stores for those shades. OR......weld out side or by the door with good old daylight coming in at the project. Not so easy in winter, heh!


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Posted March 08, 2015 - 06:05 PM

Bill, try to look at the base of the arc, I can see what I am welding by looking at the puddle. You might want to try a shade lighter lens also.


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Posted March 08, 2015 - 06:06 PM

Most auto darkening helmets are adjustable, but can be alittle pricey 


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Posted March 08, 2015 - 06:10 PM

Yes, they're pricey, but well worth it.

 

Bill, are you mig, or stick welding?

 

I couldn't mig until I got the auto dark.


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Posted March 08, 2015 - 06:13 PM

Use an auto darkening helmet. Adjustable welding shades for electric welding, 9 to 13, I think and if you don't turn the helmet on, it has a standard shade of 4. So if its not on and you strike a spark , if won't hurt your eyes as bad and you can use # 4 for bronze or steel welding with gasses. Noel
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Posted March 08, 2015 - 06:14 PM

I can always see what I am welding just by using the light of the arc..you really have to concentrate..


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Posted March 08, 2015 - 06:16 PM

I just recently picked up auto darkening helmet from HF for $40. I used it yesterday for the first time welding up a MF12, it makes a world of difference with the wire welder.


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Posted March 08, 2015 - 06:17 PM

Try a set of 1 1/2 magnifiers in your helmet. Did wonders for me. I have an auto darkening helmet as well and still had a hard time seeing with it set at 9. Also try marking  the area you are going weld with a soap stone. Will not affect the weld.


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Posted March 08, 2015 - 06:25 PM

Will, I'm mig welding,  I bartered with a buddy for a Lincoln weldpack 100. 

 

I do have an HF auto darkening helmet and I've played with the adjustment on the side but I can't really see the puddle. I've tried to use a light on the work bench but that didn't help much. I do wear glasses so maybe the magnifiers are what I need.


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Posted March 08, 2015 - 06:31 PM

Turn the wire speed a little faster that may help, just a thought. Noel
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Posted March 08, 2015 - 06:33 PM

I have to wear cheaters (readers) inside the helmet, or else I end up

welding the part to the bench, or even worse, to my belt buckle.


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Posted March 08, 2015 - 06:42 PM

Bill you should be able to see what you are doing by the light of the arc. I generally get myself in position and practice the seam direction so that my hands can get the "feel" of what I want to do. I then lower my mask and pull the trigger. I always push the MIG and drag a stick. Practice your bead to get the right heat and feed adjustments on scrap. Good Luck, Rick

 

 

Try http://www.lincolnel...or-manuals.aspx   for the manual.


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Posted March 08, 2015 - 06:45 PM

Not trying to hijack this thread, however I to have a hard time seeing. I use a TS auto darkening and wire weld and stick weld on 13 ! Is that my problem I have it to dark? It will not take a magnifier. Again sorry for the question in wild bills thread. Thanks. I'll listen now.                                                                             Roger


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Posted March 08, 2015 - 06:46 PM

If your mig welding try positioning yourself so that most of the arc is hid behind the nozzle when welding. I end up doing it that way so I can see where I'm going.
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