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k.a.m.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21 16 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BurnBern wrote:
Big thank you to all for the advice. I used the 2.5mm 7018 rods today and kept it at 75amps. My welds definitely improved. Just have to remember to weld slow and steady and hold the ends of the weave stroke.

But strangely enough I can't quiet see my welds while I'm welding at times. I wonder if it's my welding helmet it's a cheap one.

Thanks Bern

I am glad you are getting the hang of it Bern. Very Happy
I am not sure what is going on when you weld. I have an old jackson flip down hood no frills just a hood. I also have a Miller digital they both view the same. Now if your glasses prevent you from having your peripheral vision like mine then you always need to be aware of this when positioning yourself to make a weld. You can get a wide vision hood they are nice if you need a bigger field of vision. I also have a 3.5 cheater lens in my hood and no longer weld at night.
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BurnBern
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 24 16 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just an update.

I went and bought myself another welding helmet. I have to say what a difference! I can see my welds clearly now and can follow the puddle easier. Its like night and day the difference from the new helmet compared to the old one. I also noticed that I was rushing my welds before and I need to slow it down a bit. There is still a little bit of glare in the helmet from the above lighting but nothing like before and I can still weld without it distracting me. I think it's because the helmet fits better over the head and on the sides so that not much light gets in.

Well the only thing left is to crack on with the welding.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25 16 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My last auto shield cost over $400, worked great for 15 years.
Then it quit and I need to replace it at that moment.
My new auto shield was $135 from the local welding supply house.
It works good enough.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 25 16 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do have a back up flip down shield.
It was a job that the auto darkening is needed.
Some of this boat tower work doesn't allow you the room to flip a hood up and down.
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