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I cant see where I'm welding!! And how to fix it.

Choosing the right welding helmet- If you are having trouble finding where you need to be when you are first starting your weld a auto darkening helmet may be the right option for you. Traditional fixed shade lenses require users to flip their hood down some times moving the position of the users hands. And there by they will start there ark far from where they intended! But with an auto darkening helmet you can flip the hood down and clearly see all of your surroundings.


Proper lighting- Lighting can help or hurt your ability to see when welding. For example lighting can be helpful. If you are in a tight corner or the joint you are welding has a very tight seam you are trying to join. Light can help you see where you need to be. But on the other hand light can keep you from seeing what is going on. Say you are out side and the sun is directly behind you as you are welding on the ground. The light will reflect off your lens and you will barely be able to see a thing! If that is the case through a rag or t-shirt over your head to block the sun. That should do the trick!


Different style of lenses- There are many different styles of welding lenses out there and they are not all the same! There are 3 main styles that I am aware of auto darkening, fixed shade green, and fixed shade gold. The auto darkening lens is great for being able to see even when you are not welding. No flipping the hood down and guessing where you are. You can see whether you are welding or not. So if you are having a hard time seeing where you are starting this is the lens for you! There is the fixed green lens. They are super easy to find and very cheep! If you have sensitive eyes this might help you due to there darker view of the weld pool. And lastly the fixed gold lens! My personal favorite at the moment. no batteries and one of the clearest views! If auto darkening or the fixed shade green is to dark be ready to see a weld pool like never before!


Keeping the lens clean- During welding a lot of fumes and dust can build up on the clear lens. Clean it off with a damp rag or paper towel. It sure helps a ton.


Positioning- Make sure you have a clear line of sight. You want to be able to see the weld pool. It should not be hidden behind the lead you are using. Tilt the mig gun or tig torch forward 15 degrees as if you where pushing with the gas. Or if you are using stick or flux core, tilt the tip back 15 degrees as if you where dragging the puddle. This should allow you to clearly see the weld pool.


If you have any questions comments or concerns Please reach out!! Are welding shop located in Greeley Colorado, but we serve all of northern Colorado and beyond! You can find us at 103 23rd street Greeley Colorado. And you can reach out to ironstudiollc@gmail.com or 303-775-8122! Always happy to answer questions!


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