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Re: Tips on learning to weld?
« Reply #140 on: August 04, 2019, 04:05:56 AM »
One point mentioned many times is being able to see. I know you can get cheater lenses for a regular helmet but my question is can you get and auto darkening helmet with cheaters? In lieu of that, are any of the auto darkening inserts for a regular helmet worth buying? 
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Re: Tips on learning to weld?
« Reply #141 on: August 04, 2019, 08:22:25 AM »
I believe you can use cheaters  with auto darkening helmets. I don't know if it's worth buying an insert for an existing helmet. The helmet is the cheap part. A friend bought a Lincoln auto darkening helmet this winter. Easy better than three supposedly good one I bought a few years ago. I don't know the model, but it says Viking on it. It has a knob on the side for darkness setting, as well as a grinding mode.
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Re: Tips on learning to weld?
« Reply #142 on: August 04, 2019, 08:31:07 AM »
Yes, they slipped inside the helmets we had in class. Look for a track inside the helmet, I'm not sure if they all have one.
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Re: Tips on learning to weld?
« Reply #143 on: August 04, 2019, 08:37:53 AM »
I've tried cheaters in a-d helmets and didn't like the way they worked.  Using a pair of readers seems to work the best for me.  It's worth experimenting to find the best way for you though.  Seeing is important!  The cheater lens was only about 15$ at a welding shop.  

I don't think changing a regular helmet to auto-darkening would turn out well.  

I've bought some cheap helmets that work pretty good and some that don't work well so they're not all equal.  A friend loaned me a nice Lincoln (viking series I think) to compare and it is a much better piece of equipment.  Around $240 vs. $60 for the cheap ones.  Suspension much better, view much better.  You get what you pay for.  That being said, the $60 one is not too bad and I'm still using it - with my reading glasses.

It's really worth experimenting to find what works for you.
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Re: Tips on learning to weld?
« Reply #144 on: August 04, 2019, 12:12:40 PM »
With a fast freeze rod you can"long arc" through rusty steel or painted .It won't look very good but with a second pass it will pretty up .Old machinery etc some times you just can't get a grinder to the part being repaired .Don't try it on cast iron though but most people won't even try to weld cast .
Arc welding once you get it you never really forget it .You might get a little "rusty" but it comes back fast .

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Re: Tips on learning to weld?
« Reply #145 on: August 04, 2019, 12:27:41 PM »
As far as hoods ,when I was younger what  I used at work was the small glass type with a number 12 lens and a 2.5 flash google under .That was when I was lot younger and had better vision and was burning over 50 pounds a day of 7/32 iron powder rods at around 300 amps .
These days I have both a self darkening plus a large glass type with a number 10 lens which is dark enough rarely using anything larger than 1/8" rods . Eye glasses work a lot better in a large glass type because you can get the bifocal line right in the middle of what you are trying to weld and see 4 arcs .It gets rather confusing .

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Re: Tips on learning to weld?
« Reply #146 on: August 04, 2019, 06:42:47 PM »
I have a Jackson helmet and auto dark and the magnification fits perfect.
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Re: Tips on learning to weld?
« Reply #147 on: August 07, 2019, 10:18:18 PM »
Here's another safety tip - Never forget that the part you just finished welding is hot.

No pictures, but I gave myself that reminder a few times over the weekend.

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Re: Tips on learning to weld?
« Reply #148 on: August 07, 2019, 10:25:16 PM »
Good point.

99% of the time I remember that.

100% would be better though.

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Re: Tips on learning to weld?
« Reply #149 on: August 08, 2019, 10:21:23 AM »
As far as the gas goes I have a 5 year lease with American Gas. I can exchange tanks at the local auto parts as they are a distributor. They don't do any of the billing although they can sign you up for the lease. Can't recall cost of original lease as I started with a ten year lease. They have had specials where you can renew the lease for$50.00. They have a store about an hour away where I can deal directly with them and they have in stock welding machines , plasma cutters, rod, wire, etc.

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Re: Tips on learning to weld?
« Reply #150 on: August 13, 2019, 05:51:11 PM »
Ok so I just had to try out the welder. Going to get into it a bit more this weekend. But here are my first 3 welds with zero prior welding experience. I can tell for sure that I'm rushing, going to have to work on that. Nice thing was, I picked up 20-30 pieces of scrap 1/4' for $5.  
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Don't get discouraged, practice, practice, practice. Someone had mention Jody's Welding Tips and tricks, he is a excellent teacher and really knows his stuff. Here is a link to Part 1 Mig welding. Take the time to check all 8 of them out. Best way to practice when starting out is just padding beads on a piece of 1/4 flat stock, make sure you quench it after laying down 3 or 4 beads as it will get HOT... Are you using Flux core or Mig process with 75/25 gas? Verify your polarity is correct for each.
http://www.weldingtipsandtricks.com/mig-welding-basics.html
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