I broke something on my snowplow. I parked it in my garage and
started to weld. No matter what I tried, my helmet glass kept fogging
up. I even turned on a torpedo heater to no avail. I finally had to
take it off and just weld with three pairs of sunglasses and avoid
looking at it as much as possible. How in the heck do the
professional welders weld in cold weather?
One other thing. Since I was welding indoors, the whole garage filled
with smoke and now I have a horrible headache from it. Its too cold
to open a window. What do welding shops use?
By the way, it's weird to have a mild sunburn on my face on December
23. Welding without the helmet gave me a mild burn. I wont complain,
it's better than being a winter paleface.
This was just an hour of welding, so I just tolderated the bad
Be careful with that MIG. Unless you are using flux cored wire, it may be
difficult to get good penetration and fusion without preheating the metal.
And even with FCAW, I'd heat it up first with a torch, otherwise it doesn't
do as well. Steve's right about the smoke part, though.
The other Steve
Agreed, the MIG doesn't penetrate like a stick especially if you're using
5P. BUT that being said, plenty of snow plow repairs have been made
successfully with MIG. Pre heat is a good idea. Especially if just coming
in from the outside. AND if you're welding the high carbon cutting edge,
then stick with special alloys is really the only way that will last.
People can get all in a wad over the topic of welding. Lots of things WILL
work, and even a bubble gum or gorilla weld that lasts is a "good" weld.
It's just if you've done it much, you understand that it's better to do it
once and get it to stick (even if it isn't technically exact) than have to
do it again. Or have it break again and cause more damage or leave you
stuck out somewhere. And then either to grind it all off, or gob more on
When I want something to stick, if it is thick enough, I prefer 7018. But
then, I've probably burned 500# of it in my life.
Any weld that holds is a good weld.
On Dec 23, 11:47 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Scott Anti-Fog Cloth:
It's a dirtbike trick. I've tried every type of no-fog product
imaginable for motorcycle goggles and that is the best. It should
work just great for a welding shield. Your local motorcycle shop
should carry it. Fog the lens up with your breath and then wipe it
dry with the cloth. It will not fog again.
The sunglasses are a seriously bad idea.
does a Darwin Award for opthalmologists exist ?
i'll bet that poster has undetectable corneal or retinal
damage - if the intensity of the welding was enough to give
sunburn, you can bet those sunglasses were next to worthless.
actually might have even done MORE damage, since the pupils
would've been dilated due to the darkness of the tinting -
(vs. them constricting and the natural tendency to look
away from harmful things).
usually consumer sunglasses are NOT even close to blocking
the harmful emissions from welding. they're not designed for
that poster needs to seriously see an eye doctor to
make sure no damage was done. if there was damage, perhaps
early detection will mitigate/treat whatever harm was
believe me, if he burned his eyes, he would have known it that evening. it
is very painful and only relieved by putting cold potato slices over the
eyes. But yes, you are right, the sunglasses are not the proper protection.
To avoid future self punishment I would suggest Rain-X anti fog and a
And put the fan where it sucks the air away rather than blowing on what
you're welding. A MIG will tolerate just about NO wind. Stick just a
I was doing industrial nursing for a few years, and took care of a nasty
welding burn. Chunk of
stuff somehow got into a guy's shoe. He had a small but very deep burn
on the back of his heel. He wouldn't
go see the company doc, so I nursed it along. Took long, long time to
heal. Nobody did welding without full shield, leather
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