- Jan 3, 2014
Put a LED light on the area your working. This is part of the aging process. Haha.Scrapper quick question about shade for tig welding around 55amps. I have auto dark helmet set at lowest I think 9 or 10. I still have a lot of trouble seeing if my light source isn't right on top of the puddle. Just part of the fun? or can I go lighter shade maybe with a fixed helmet? I have a +2.5 cheater in the helmet.
Sorry I don't want to make this a weldingweb Q&A nightmare but when you have a SME on TIG I have to ask.
Yeah thanks, It's working better now that I turned the helmet all the way down to 9. 55 amps doesn't seem to have any leftover vision artifacts. I'll work on better lights
Okay I'm sure every new welder thinks about this but right when everything is flowing and working, I need to feed more filler (cooler) and it messes me up. What if we had a feeder in the fill hand and then we could have a bright LED on it too. It could just have a button to feed some more rod. I'm sure the robotic TIGs have something that would work.
Make hay while the sun shines right? hahaWhen I was young and welding boiler tubes for coal fired power plants, I was steady in any position and had better than 20/20 vision from my arms length in.
Now at 80 years old in a few weeks, I am shaky unless I am in a very relaxed position. Now with new lens in both eyes I can see a piss ant on a tree limb 1/2 mile away and even with 3 different glasses from out stretched arm length to close to my face, I don't have near the vision that I had to see all the details of the puddle. Welding is puddle control and if you can't see it you sure can't control it. Getting old is not for sissy's.
My buddy Dallas S. is 2 years younger than I am and is still steady and good close eyesight. So I do the easy welding and he takes care of the harder off position welding.
I did 99 % of the welding on the JMR but that has been a few years ago and if doing the welding on the airplane today, it would be maybe 70 % or less.