Welcome to the party Steve... I bet 99.999% of us here have "sleeves"
barbequed on us.
Ernie is indeed correct. I have em, just don't wear em' Not the right
thing to do I admit freely.
Fraser Competition Engines
Just a tube with a roller on one side so you can easily roll the rod
down the tube.
You can use from 1/16 up to 1/4" rod in the pen and use down to about a
inch of rod without burning your fingertips. Takes a bit more
manipulation to the TIG equation but you can easily use light gloves.
Bart D. Hull
my Subaru Engine Conversion
Tango II I'm building.
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Steve Taylor wrote:
TIG pens are great, a disabled friend now TIGS brilliantly thanks to
someone here suggesting one. I am seriously thinking of trying one myself,
as I find feeding a thin rod tricky with even light gloves on, but I am a
bit hamfisted :)
Or similar. While Im only a newbie dauber..I use the above gloves for
tig. I purchase them 1 size larger and put in a common pair of those
thin brown cotton gardening gloves as a liner. This gives me excellent
control and yet still allows me some heat resistance when moving a
work piece around.
Check Ebay for best values on similar gloves. My local welding shop
wants $21 per PAIR..where the above sample auction is for 3 pair.
Btw..not all gloves are sized alike..so check out your size in the
same glove at a welding supply house..and go from there.
I have a hand like a catchers mitt..so I purchase the XL ones if they
Marvelous also for MIG as long as you are not overhead.
Also..here in the desert..its pretty hot so I do most of my work in a
T-shirt (yah..I know) and have found welding sleeves to be essential
when tig welding
I thought they were sissyboy stuff..until I used a pair..and my arms
thanked me for it. And Ive lessened the risk of skin cancer a
"If thy pride is sorely vexed when others disparage your offering, be
as lamb's wool is to cold rain and the Gore-tex of Odin's raiment
is to gullshit in the gale, for thy angst shall vex them not at
all. Yea, they shall scorn thee all the more. Rejoice in
sharing what you have to share without expectation of adoration,
knowing that sharing your treasure does not diminish your treasure
but enriches it."
- Onni 1:33
You can't TIG weld with "banana-finger" welding gauntlets! The
special TIG gloves mentioned are made from thin stretchable leather,
so they hug the fingers and give you delicate control while blocking
You can with practice feed wire continuously through your fingers. I
used 0.8mm stainless wire and could happily cut off 2m (about foot)
lengths and use it in an unbroken TIG weld. I used to practice it
when on the train home :-) When I pulled out my yellow TIG gloves and
my 1.5m of stainless wire (with little loops on end to prevent
accidents) folk would look at me a bit funny then decide after a
second or so that I was harmless. I could run the wire backwards and
forwards in a continuous motion, slowly or quickly.
You need to see Ernie's TIG video - hopefully now available at new
location. Anyone say where?