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#31 Cvans ONLINE  

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Posted March 09, 2015 - 09:52 AM

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Ninth item down in the left column. Thanks for the tip. 



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Posted March 09, 2015 - 10:35 AM

Another thing you use when welding is your ears..  If you have the heat set right it will sound like sizzling bacon..  (OOOOH  BACON!!)

 

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Lots of good tips offered by the boys here..  The best way to learn is practice.  Get junk metal and weld it.  Take note of what heat setting works best and what method works well with your machine.  

 

I made the mistake early on with trying to strike an arc then flip the helmet down when I was young..  Waking up with your eyes on fire @ 2 am is not a good thing at all.  I thought I was blind and the whole experience was scary as heck!  (where's the potatoes??)

 

I've always worn a helmet since!   

 

I've got my machine settings down now and even though I have shaky hands I can weld a decent bead..  I get good penetration and joint strength with my 'lil MIG..  

 

Good Luck!


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Posted March 09, 2015 - 11:25 AM

I never did understand the bacon thing. It makes loud random pops when I fry it. Maybe I need a cooking class to be a better welder. :flipping_flapjacks:


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Posted March 09, 2015 - 07:11 PM

Cat , lots of good markers and sprays there that would be handy at work , I'm passing that site to my boss with a wish list !

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Posted March 09, 2015 - 08:21 PM

My two cents is, get something to block off the ambient light from behind your head.  I've found that too much light coming from behind my head keeps me from being able to see what is going on through the lens.


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Posted March 09, 2015 - 09:29 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.

Bill, I have an old Lincoln Weldpack155 on gas, and a $40 "Speedway" auto darkening helmet. I have worn glasses since 4th grade. I figured out I had better accuracy taking my glasses off to weld and using light as GLGrumpy said and that helped a ton! BUT I still had difficulty sometimes. It dawned on me that light was coming in the backside of my helmet like Howard stated and reflecting on the inside so I rigged up a "shade" to stop that also and that was a huge improvement! Made it out of an old hard hat liner, 2 brass grommets and double-sided foam tape. I may have to try the "cheaters" Will mentioned too!

 

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Posted March 09, 2015 - 10:06 PM

With a fat head like mine you don't need to block the light.  :thumbs:

I can see where when welding outside especially your idea would be a big help. Does it get hot in there in the summer?


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Posted March 10, 2015 - 05:59 AM

As far as the marker's go, I use the 10th down in the left column here.


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Posted March 10, 2015 - 09:52 AM

DAC, that sounds like a great idea!  I'll have to see what I have around that may work.  I would also like to know how hot is may get in the summer.  It gets pretty hot around here.


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Posted March 10, 2015 - 01:03 PM

If you could find an old leather car seat with the perforated leather, that would work good. Ventilation and block the light. 



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Posted March 10, 2015 - 05:57 PM

With a fat head like mine you don't need to block the light.  :thumbs:

I can see where when welding outside especially your idea would be a big help. Does it get hot in there in the summer?

Dang--Thanks for the laff Chris, I needed that!

 

I've never noticed it being any hotter than before, but it probably is some. I will give up a little cool headedness up for better vision!

 

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Posted March 10, 2015 - 06:15 PM

DAC, that sounds like a great idea!  I'll have to see what I have around that may work.  I would also like to know how hot is may get in the summer.  It gets pretty hot around here.

Although It's been 12 years I remember well how hot and humid it can be in Georgia! Just walking can make a yankee sweat!

 

Yeah there must be some breathable cover material out there to build one out of and maybe not so crude. I was a little paranoid about impersonating Michael Jackson and lighting my head on fire with it, but it's been 5 or 6 years usage and I still have some hair. I liked the hard hat liner because of it's shape formed around the back well.

 

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Posted March 11, 2015 - 02:34 PM

sounds like you need better light. I have found that after 40 birthdays my welding required more light,,after 50 birthdays I want to pull the sun in over my work. I switched to a Speedglass welding helmet after my Praxair helmet gave up the ghost. The Speedglass offered the best clarity I had seen through any welding helmet.. I still position a bright light at my work when welding indoors.

All my mig work is done @ shade 10. I use #12 for stick although I don't think #13 would be too darks. And keep an eye on that comfy blanket you are laying on while welding

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Posted March 11, 2015 - 05:41 PM

To each his own. All my working yrs I used a #9 for all stick welding, didn't have mig or tig. Since buying my Speeglas I use #8 for both mig and stick. My eyes don't seem to have suffered any from it.
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Posted March 11, 2015 - 06:40 PM

As far as the marker's go, I use the 10th down in the left column here.

That is a pretty cool website, Kenny, got time to look at your link tonight. Bookmarked!

 

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