TIG light project - Solution

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  1. Jun 3, 2017 #1

    Little Scrapper

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    Just finished a project that some might be interested in.

    I'm 45 and when I was about 39 ish my eyes started changing. I ignored it because that's how I roll. Lately I've just been at that tipping point where I need to either stop TIG welding or find a solution. My welds were not only all.over the place but I just couldn't see the darn puddle anymore.

    NOTE# For the pure oxy guys who haven't done any TIG welding it may be hard to understand because the flame of a torch and the mild welding lens to Oxyacetylene weld make the area quite brite and there's no obstructions. With TIG, the stick out of the tungsten, large gas lens, and the tiny heat zone is so small there's just no light.

    Anyhow,I made my solution, and here it is.

    The first thing I did was bought 3+ diopter readers from Home Depot. $5 and I don't like stuffing a lens in my hood so that's what I did to get my eyes to see within a 10" distance.

    I ordered a Joby Gorilla Pod used to hold cameras.
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    Bought a 250W Halogen from Home Depot for $7
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    The Joby comes with a dove tailed removable clip with a 1/4 - 20 screw in it, standard camera thread for small cameras. I removed the clip and took a chunk of 2" angle iron scrap and wacked a rectangle out with my porta-band. Drilled two holes for screwing the light on and threaded the center hole for the camera mount.
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    Mounted the blacked on the legs.
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    Screwed the light to the legs/bracket minus the factory legs.

    Ran a few beads on a piece of .090" 4130 plate. It was ok, but not ideal. So I readjusted the hood, here are my settings.
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    On the helmet settings. Some will say #11 or #10 for TIG. The truth is the lenses have built in UV protection so the lens number is irrelevant. I went as low as I could without making my eyes sting.

    Here's my new set up with the light. Really really worked awesome, I feel almost like my old self except my readers take some time to get use to under the hood.
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    The reason for the flexible legs are because it can be customized to fit around the usually objects and obstructions on a jig table. Just bend to fit, and point it down so it doesn't trip the auto helmet sensor.
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    My beads are back to straight. I literally got to a point where I couldn't see the filler or the puddle. So happy. Time to get back to the Cassutt.
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    Eventually, when the fuselage is on a rotisserie, the Joby legs will wrap around the tubes for easy mounting and close work. Here's a quick photo to show what I mean.
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    I've never needed a light and magnifier glasses to weld before, it's really a strange thing to get use to but I seemed to have found my solution I guess. Hopefully some other guy who's dealing with this issue can just find it hear and save some time in figuring this out. I was pulling my hair out dealing with it.
     
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    I seem to recall, in high school shop class, that I needed to strike an arc to see anything at all! Great idea. Ever think about putting lights on top of or on either side of your hood? They could be very bright LED's to save weight. I have a torchiere lamp I converted to 3 small LED's that probably puts out at least half as many lumens as your halogen light. Judging by my experience with headlamps on other projects, lighting from the hood would be more annoying than a separate light source like yours, but it could be installed entirely inside the hood. They need some kind of heat sink, though.
     
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    I use auto darkening helmets. Lights on the hood don't mix well.
     
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    Thought I was the only one that lit up my MIG n TIG with a halogen light! I'm going to steal your much more sophisticated method:beer:
     
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    I thought the Joby was on the expensive side. It's now after the fact but if I were you I'd search out a knock off brand on Amazon Prime or something. I didn't realize the "Joby" brand was popular.....which means expensive.

    There's gotta be cheaper flexible legs on the market.
     
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    I don't know the brand, but I've seen what you might call flexible rods in the hardware store meant for holding things. Maybe a couple of those fastened to the light would work. Or cut off the head of a Snakelight?
     
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    $8 for this. I paid $30 I think. Boy do I regret that.
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    You gotta love clever DIY solutions :)
     
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    Working on, or building airplanes is at least 30% tooling up for it.
     
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    Haha, it is, and it's easy to over work on jigs and tooling and underwork on the actual airplane.....which I'm guilty of.
     
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    I actually made a few chips today! IMG_7324.jpg IMG_7328.jpg
     
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    Ooo, sweet photos, looks like progress to me!
     
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    Wow! All those little rosets all look so round.
     

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