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  • #16
    Originally posted by shorerider16 View Post
    Any good quality safety glasses block nearly all of the UV radiation that is emitted while welding, they just block the light. This is also why you will end up racoon eyes if you do a lot of tacking without you hood down.
    Absolutely, I always wore them when I was working we would get written up the first time you were caught without them 3 days off the second time and termination the third time. I am an advocate of glasses

    Thanks
    Wheelchair

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    • #17
      Thank you Steve for helping clarify my earlier post. Ventilation is very important when welding any material especially galvanized/zinc. However I did want to add another idea, when welding tube together a small hole by the weld allow the hot gases to excape and prevent porosity in your weld.

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      • #18
        When you have to grind your weld grind "with" the weld so your grind marks go across your weld not through it. This will help prevent a failure in your weld.The failure is more likely to go across your weld instead of through it.

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        • #19
          "keep the gloves on and the jewelry off " I was whereing my wedding ring in class got a piece of splatter stuck to my ring burn my finger all the way around and took a nice chunch of my ring

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          • #20
            If you preheat to weld..........never test it with your tongue...
            Never jump out of an airplane while tigging.....
            If these help, I have a lot more

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            • #21
              Tricks of the Trade?

              We have all done stupid things when handling tools and working projects, THERE are no tricks to safety. Everything in the previous posts are a DUH!

              It's very simple - you have two eyes, ten fingers and ten toes - and everything in between, Unlike the Borg - nothing is replacable. If you are inattentave and lose a body part - it's gone for life.

              The real trick is not being stupid, know what you are doing, calculate how you are going to do it, and understand the risks...

              Steve

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              • #22
                Originally posted by nick View Post
                Another one that I use is if you are going to be welding alot of galvanized or zinc coated steel you should drink pure coffee creamer to coat the lining of your stomach. Zinc does not have a liquid state so when you proceed to weld upon it it turns straight to a gas. This gas can cause stomach problems after a few hours of welding.
                Others have already responded to this, but this thread kind of brings it home:
                http://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums/...ead.php?t=3315

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                • #23
                  wear insulated welding gloves umm i just got a taste of wht can happen if a hot spark burns through an uninsualetd glove and sit there at elast insulated take away some of the heat and disperses it along ur whole hand nopw i gots a nasty burn on my thumb lol.

                  the one and only weldingman,
                  Dwayne

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                  • #24
                    more safety tips

                    1. As the other guy's have already said wear ear and eye protection.
                    I think we have all had that slag pop us inthe eye, or the slag ball sizzling in our ear canal (thats how we learned it)

                    2. I don't care how hot it is protect your skin

                    3. don't wear ripped up jeans when cuttin or welding, I think we have all set our pants or t-shirts on fire before at least once.

                    4. cover the cement floor with something if you are going to be dropping alot of slag. It can and WILL pop up pieces of concrete at you. my uncle lost his right eye from this

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                    • #25
                      You know you married the right woman when you burn part of your wedding ring off and your wife still lets you wear
                      Talked to an old journeyman. Few years ago his partner had a spark jump into his ear while welding overhead and burned out his eardrum permanantly.
                      When I was doing my test for overhead, you know how the slag drops onto the crook of your elbow? Doesn't burn through the leathers, but the heat still burns your skin...Instructor told me to cut the front toe part of the athletic socks, put it over your arm first, then put the leathers on. Worked great!
                      Now you might wonder what I was doing with athletic socks in my drawer .........

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by dabar39 View Post
                        1. As the other guy's have already said wear ear and eye protection.
                        I think we have all had that slag pop us inthe eye, or the slag ball sizzling in our ear canal (thats how we learned it)

                        2. I don't care how hot it is protect your skin

                        3. don't wear ripped up jeans when cuttin or welding, I think we have all set our pants or t-shirts on fire before at least once.

                        4. cover the cement floor with something if you are going to be dropping alot of slag. It can and WILL pop up pieces of concrete at you. my uncle lost his right eye from this
                        ive had expereience with burnt shirt it wasnt fun my dad tried putting it out and it was hanging over something and yea he patted i dpent a few minutes singing soprano so wear an apron when cutting or welding

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                        • #27
                          thanks to all

                          hey just wanted to tell all you guys thanks, i am already doing most of the safety parts. earplugs, safety glasses, leather, laceless boots, carhartt or ****ies work pants,ect. but the athletic sock was a good idea, ill try that one


                          thanks to all

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                          • #28
                            Weldingman 251,far as the apron, do you use your mom's or your wifes'???
                            Care to show us a pic with your wearing it????
                            PLEASE???
                            bert

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                            • #29
                              Ghetto gloves

                              If you need extra protection for your hands, take an old pair of gloves, remove the liner and cut off the fingers. You can slide this over top of you current gloves and it offers extra heat protection as well as helping your gloves last longer. When your actual gloves are no longer servicable repeat with your new gloves. I prefer this method to those reflective heat shields and it can save you some money.

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                              • #30
                                Well here is a little tip that might help you in the future if you plan to do any welds with aluminum. This is a really neat metal to weld with but remember this metal will not change color like its steel brother. It is going to remain the same color from start to finish. So l when you handle it after welding assume its cherry red and hot as heck despite the fact it looks cool. Oh and you don't ever want to use water to quench it. It will only serve to make it brittle. Let it cool in it's own time. Hope this helps

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