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Re: welder question

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09-15-2013 08:27:37

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Thanks, At least now I know what I have even tho I could not get it to work.

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09-15-2013 10:58:10

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 Re: welder question in reply to Leroy, 09-15-2013 08:27:37  
On the part about being able to see better. I had the same problem. Finally loosened up my wallet a bit and bought one of those auto-darkening helmets. Now I can find the best part of my tri-focal glasses to look through and focus on the work, and then just start welding. Before, with a conventional welding helmet, I always lost track of exactly where I wanted to weld while going through the motions of dropping the helmet down.

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09-15-2013 13:31:09

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 Re: welder question in reply to RustyFarmall, 09-15-2013 10:58:10  
What Rusty sez... I had similar experience. I hate head mounted helmets that drop down. But at least with auto darkening, I can see where I'm at to start. Always used to use hand held helmets before. Better but still not the best. With auto darkening, I still like to flood work with a 300 watt halogen work light. I suspect my welder instructor friend would have a field day at my expense, but you gotta do what you gotta do...

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Stan in Oly, WA

09-15-2013 13:45:04

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 Re: welder question in reply to RayP(MI), 09-15-2013 13:31:09  

Have you had any trouble with weld spatter hitting the bulb and blowing it out? That happened to me while I was trying to illuminate the work area with a conventional incandescent bulb. I know halogen bulbs are much hotter than regular incandescent bulbs, but I don't know whether they're hot enough to be immune to weld spatter. Weld spatter must leave the weld puddle at over 2000 degrees F. But I don't know how hot the molten metal is by the time it hits something a couple of feet away, and I don't know how hot the surface of a halogen bulb is.


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36 coupe

09-15-2013 14:47:52

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 Re: welder question in reply to Stan in Oly, WA, 09-15-2013 13:45:04  
Use one of the outdoor fixtures that had a plexiglass cover.Mount it on a pipe with a lamp dimmer and an ac outlet in a duplex box.The dimmer will let you run the lamp at reduced power to lengthen lamp life.Weld the pipe to an auto rim.If you are sharp enough to use 2 pipe sizes you can adjust the lamp height.

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Dusty MI

09-15-2013 17:23:07

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 Re: welder question in reply to 36 coupe, 09-15-2013 14:47:52  
When I started wearing trifocals I went to the large window welding helmet. I have one now that also is an auto-darking.

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09-15-2013 13:38:21

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 Re: welder question in reply to RayP(MI), 09-15-2013 13:31:09  
I like the idea of the floodlight. Seems like the older we get, the more light we need.

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36 coupe

09-17-2013 02:05:48

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 Re: welder question in reply to RustyFarmall, 09-15-2013 13:38:21  
You need a spotlight type bulb to put the light right on the weld.

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09-15-2013 13:37:22

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 Re: welder question in reply to RayP(MI), 09-15-2013 13:31:09  
I think that is what I am going to have to do. have tryfocals and allso auto darkening helment

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