Here are some tricks I use:
MIG welding, I often push instead of pull - the arc light illuminates the path
and helps a lot in seeing where I'm going.
Sometimes I put a piece of aluminum scrap parallel to the desired weld, offset
by about half an inch. It's easy to see it from my peripheral vision.
I also sometimes rig up one of those cheap halide shop lights to shine directly
on the weld area, those help too.
A no. 10 lens should be fine for that. Try a few other things and keep after it,
I suspect you'll have straight welds if you persist.
Shade 12 will be too dark, you can go to shade 11. but I'm wondering why
shade 10 is too bright, it would be what I'd expect. Leo mentioned
cleaning the lens, abosolutely the first thing to do. You might also
position a work light on the work so there is less change from no weld
to weld. You want to be able so see your weld path while you are welding.
** Frank ** wrote:
Sometimes light entering into the back of the hood, reflecting on the
inside of the lens, obscures your vision. With my back to an open
garage door or window, I often get the same problem. Try to reduce the
amount of ambient light coming from behind you.
how sensitive is the trigger on the 3/10?
I a Flex shade but usually i TIG down around 9 or 10 at low amperages
Could the helmet be set to be a little too insensitive? It might be
triggering late and your eyes are saying WTF is the brightness.
As a general rule i set my helmet based on the shop lights i'm using.
I tun the sensitivity UP until it turns on while looking directly at
the shop light bulbs then i back it down just past where the ambient
light can trigger the autodark. With the sensitity that high it
Immediately detects the added arc light from my tig torch even if i'm
down in the 20 amp type range.
Just a suggestion to try upping the sensitivity
Mark out the weld line with soapstone.
Use an auxiliary light like a quartz lamp to light the weld.
Avoid back lighting the inside of the helmet.
Make sure the lens is clean.
Don't look at the arc!!! Look at the puddle.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
iwastryingto weld outside the other day and the sun was getting in the back
of my helmet. this made seeing th weld a real pain. i dont worry what the
numbers say, i just tweak the knob on my auto darkening helmet until its
right for me. i also wear glasses and they can be a real pain if they get
dirty causing all kinds of glare. if you have to wear sun glasses you need a
first off....lose the auto-shade and get a $30.00 welding
helmet....fixed shade 11 will work beautifully....get the large
window, preferably as light as you can find....
now learn to flip it down with a slight nod as you squeeze the
next, get ridda that flux-core crap and if you can't weld with
straight CO2, get you some C25 fer yer shielding gas
now....practice practice, practice...be sure you got a buddy that
knows welding so he can watch your technique, drink your beer, and
tell you what mistakes you're making <G>
the "my autoshade is coated in dust, and I just bought a brand new
fixed-shade to replace my old worn-out & broken one" Slug
Or, if you keep the autoshade, you can keep the hood down, align the work,
double check it, and just squeeze the trigger. If you wear bifocals,
disregard the above statement by Big Ben, as it will take you about two
seconds to get your focus lined up again.
Or, you can stick with it, and learn to weld correctly with FCAW. It is a
tremendously useful process for the garage welder. It's all opinion. If
you want penetration and strength, then straight CO2 and wire is crap. If
you want to weld thin tubing and have a pretty weld, then flux core is crap.
It's all opinion, but based on what you want the final weld to do.
I've been welding since 1974, and the autoshade is on my top three things of
greatest welding inventions of the last thirty years.
But, beer HAS remained a staple.
I was a hobby welder about 30 years ago, built a few boat trailers and BBQ
grills that sort of thing. Worked for Fab Tech for a while. I recently got
back into it, repairing my camper paid for the cost of my welders. I agree,
I love my auto darkening helmet. I have a regular helmet and it is the one
but, then again, I still run a truck and a bike with points and carbs
instead of that newfangled electronic ignitions and injections that
can't be fixed on the side of the road......<G>
the "I trust in proven technology <G>" Slug
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