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    Been Around the Block Scoop315's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by drty6 View Post
    When you burn your eyes it will happen get some Vicks and put under your eyes like eye black for sports and it will take away the sand feeling that wakes you up in the middle of the night


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    If you get flash, I've heard cucumber slices on the eyes, or cold, wet tea bags. But really, a good set of safety glasses (ANSI rated) protects the best and blocks 75% of the UV rays. And those electric arc UV rays are stronger than the UV rays from the sun. At the end of the day, if you don't protect skin and eyes, the healing process is time, really. Getting your eyes flashed sucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDG View Post
    I have a northern tool auto helmet and also an auto miller. The northern tool one has worked fine, but as it does have its drawbacks, which may or may not apply to you. For everyday stuff its fine. Problem is when you get into tight spaces there are fewer sensors and they may get blocked by an obstruction in which case it may or may not trigger. The nicer helmets have more sensors in diff locations and also have a grinding mode so they wont trigger when you are using an angle grinder so less helmet on and off.

    I like the flat wire wheel for the grinder myself if using flux core. Be careful with any wire wheel, have gotten wires thrown through my t-shirt and into the skin in my stomach before haha.

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    If you go to a welding supply retailer, you can buy welding jackets made of either nomex or leather to protect against wires sticking in your skin. The biggest thing is eye protection!

    Let me repeat that: The most important part of grinding and welding is eye protection!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scoop315 View Post
    If you go to a welding supply retailer, you can buy welding jackets made of either nomex or leather to protect against wires sticking in your skin. The biggest thing is eye protection!

    Let me repeat that: The most important part of grinding and welding is eye protection!!
    I second that. And to that point don't do the "it's a quick clean up grind so I will just close my eyes". Your eye lids will not protect you from a wire wheel coming apart.


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    Here's my attempt at a bead. The ultimate goal is for it to look nice. My main focus is making sure I have good penetration and that it will hold. Thoughts? IMG_8920.jpg

    I stopped half way to check it. Then continued. You can see the split in the middle.


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    Here are 3 more smaller beads. Again, I'm not going for the best looking bear award. I'm trying to get the feeling of laying down a good bead that penetrates. I'll work on prettiness once I'm sure I have a good weld. IMG_8921.jpg


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubicon310 View Post
    Here's my attempt at a bead. The ultimate goal is for it to look nice. My main focus is making sure I have good penetration and that it will hold. Thoughts? IMG_8920.jpg

    I stopped half way to check it. Then continued. You can see the split in the middle.


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    Keep practicing. And when you stop and start, make it look like you never stopped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubicon310 View Post
    Here are 3 more smaller beads. Again, I'm not going for the best looking bear award. I'm trying to get the feeling of laying down a good bead that penetrates. I'll work on prettiness once I'm sure I have a good weld. IMG_8921.jpg


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    The bottom bead is the one that looks the best, and it doesn't tie in the base metal on the left completely. At the end of the bead, I travel to the end of joint I'm welding, then change my position to travel back into the bead I just laid down to make sure the bead is uniform. Welding is not a natural thing for humans to do, so you're constantly looking at where you're going, the bead size is right and uniform all the way, and stops and starts are seamless (I've spent a lot of time doing pick ups on others' welds over the years, and I'm not that great a welder). As well, you're moving from say, left to right, holding the proper arc distance, and more.

    Hang in there. Watch YouTube and pick up a Hobart or Miller pocket welding guide for reference (though, I think Miller has an app now).

    Edit: weld on the flat surface of the metal starting at the end farthest from you and make a pass, then the next pass over about two thirds of the first pass, then on the third pass cover two thirds of the second pass. Keep doing it all the way until you come to the edge of the metal closest to you. You'll get a better feel for the way it all feels and you'll be getting practice at pad welding. If you get to the point that you're beads are all straight, you're doing it right.
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    Found a 110 wire feed at a pawn shop today...would that be okay to weld my new track bar bracket on to axle since broke the factory mount this past week?


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    Quote Originally Posted by limon_three View Post
    Found a 110 wire feed at a pawn shop today...would that be okay to weld my new track bar bracket on to axle since broke the factory mount this past week?


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    Should be good. Just grind it down really well and make sure the weld gets good penetration.

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    thanks wjco


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