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At work one of the guys who usually does all the welding on things had to do some this week and I finally got the nerve to give it a try. It's a long story but to make it short I welded well away from the weld target and messed it all up and they had to take a grinder to get all the "birdcrap" or "grapes" or whatever it's called. Then I got the "arc-eye" from trying to line up the weld before you flip the shield down....well I arced it before I had the chance to cover up and got myself a good headache and my buddy said that putting potato slices or something on your eyes at night will help the headache then everybody started calling me potato eyes. When they looked at my weld they said "wow, what happened?" I said "well how come nobody was watching me?" (we only have 1 welding mask) LOL
 
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welding was the first job i had in the fifth grade. my dad was a welder. i got to chip slag and grind/cleanup the welds. when there was nothing for me to do i got to play with the welder, arc and gas, then the cutting torches. its definitely a skill. why did you punch'um in the eye? kidding
 

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what you got is called welders flash. it hurts like he_. but it should go away in 24 hrs or less. depending on how bad you got it. take a few shots of your favorate liquar and go to bed. you will feel beter in the morning.
 

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I get flash burn every once in a while try a cold wet wash cloth & cover your eyes with it works well. It is def. much more fun testing welders/ plasma cutters then it is running them
 

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TG, you can get some eye injury also by not having the helmet down fully to your face. Ark flash is not fun. Keeping your eyes wet with drops like contact wearers use will help.:ph34r:
 

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Some how i am the welder when we do a projects
with the arc welder i were the auto dim helmet
My buddy bought a wire welder and had me were real dark glasses
eyes were fine but my face got real sun burn
we need to cover up when we are welding
 

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used to do alot of stick welding. done some stainless once, found out the lens on the helmet was not dark enough. i guess the UV off of stainless is brighter??? don't know. felt like sand in my eyes for 4-5 days.
 

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I love this philosophy, it works for a lot more situations than just this one too!!!
the guy who gave that advice to me is one of my profesors. he has over 40years welding exp. he has been a CWI (cirtifyed welding inspector) of about 20 of them, and a welding professor for about the same. he basicly stated that there is not much you can do about it. it herts, but will go away, so just get drunk and sleep it off.
 

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Some how i am the welder when we do a projects
with the arc welder i were the auto dim helmet
My buddy bought a wire welder and had me were real dark glasses
eyes were fine but my face got real sun burn
we need to cover up when we are welding
you should never weld without a helmet, and if you weld on a regular basis you would only be doing your self a favor to invest in a nice helm. you can get one for about $200. a nice helm would make welding much easyer. pluss you can have compleate controll over how dark your lens gets. if you must weld with a non audo helm, get one with a # 10 lens.
 

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Even if I am just tinkering around welding little small stuff I have long sleeves, welding gloves and the full blown welding helmet. Gives me the real welder look. I.m getting alot better at hitting the arc where it's supposed to be without being far off now and without getting the welder flash which only happened once. I hear that ones retina can get burned out from the intensity......but I still can't get rid of the "birdcrap" "grapes".
 

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You supposed to get a puddle going and follow it along??? I can see the puddle forming bright orange then try to move it along then I end up with huge bubbly type things. I'll get some pics and put em up here.
 

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TG what setting, rod & material will also have a big effect on how your weld comes out give me some info on this I can tell you what would be best for it. Hope you run a Thermal Arc machine :yes:
 

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When looking for "the puddle" ignore the colored puddle which is the flux...the shinny looking puddle is the the metal of the rod fusing with the base metal to be welded.

I tig weld stainless mostly these days...no residual flux and only a quick brushing to clean afterwards.
 

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Wow are we all in the metal working field
Maybe we should start a new forum LOL
I wouldn't be a ton of help I get paid to try & blow them up (mostly plasma cutters) So TG I could always cut out your bad welding so you can try again:boxing: OH YEAH PLEASE DON'T HIT ME
 

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welding is a blast. i spent many years trying to find a carreor i would not mind doing for the rest of my life. then one day just messing around with a friend i started welding and never looked back. i am a cirtifyed MIG welder, and am 1/2 a semester away from graduating with an assosiats degree in welding technologys.
 
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