Summertime is nearing here in central Texas and I am looking for some input. I moved back here from southern **** "California" and wanted some opinions on welding protection. At the moment I have a older flame resistant jacket and leather jacket with long and short bibs with open back. I was contemplating buying a pair of arm sleeves for shop fabrication since there is no overhead welding. What are your thoughts on these and if so what is a cops quality pair. Heat and humidity take a toll when leathers are used. I only have a few Carhart and Wrangler long sleeves and don't want to wash them too often so they don't loose their flame resistance. Thank you for reading and hope I receive some helpful insight.
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Thread: Welding protection during summer
05-24-2013, 10:16 AM #1Member
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Welding protection during summer
05-24-2013, 05:31 PM #2turbo38t Guest
05-24-2013, 05:39 PM #3
If you have any ''Goodwill stores'' in your area you may find some 100% cotton work shirts to burn up.
05-24-2013, 08:17 PM #4
It's Texas, you will cook no matter what you wear. Add long pants, cap, leather gloves, long-sleeve shirt, boots, 150 Amps, 160F+ ground in the blazing sun and it's torture.
Outdoors I use cheap, thin BDU pants, cotton T-shirt, leather cape + bib and an FR umbrella on a homemade pipe stand. Start at daybreak, leave before 3 p.m. or suffer the consequences.
Inside a non-A/C building I use an FR cotton cape + bib and fan pointed at my legs to avoid disturbing the shielding gas. I still knock off around 3 p.m.
I hate Texas in the summer.Dynasty 350
05-25-2013, 12:27 AM #5
I lived in Abilene for a couple years, glad I wasn't welding then.
I got to find some cloths also. Shorts and tennis shoes are not working to well. That spatter always finds it way in the shoes. I'm talking backyard rod burning, I wouldn't go out somewhere like that.
I do put on the sleeves but they are old, stiff and hot. I'll be buying some stuff soon.
05-25-2013, 01:29 PM #6Member
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Is it true that if you starch the **** out of cotton long sleeves they hold up better in welding environments? I have yet to go to Goodwill and an in need of second hand work shirts. Not to mention I would rather wear them instead of "trendy" and overpriced casual wear.
05-25-2013, 07:04 PM #7Senior Member
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Buy a pack of welding sleeves and cotton button up shirt. I work in vegas and it doesnt provide perfect protection but it works.Syncrowave 250
05-25-2013, 08:24 PM #8
Carhartt makes a few really nice, thick western style denim shirts. Their about 40-50 bucks a pop but they are the best shirts I ever had. When u first get them their uncomfortable and stiff so wash em a few times with softener and that makes em comfortable. I order them from a local carhartt dealer and buy like 3 or 4 at a time. They last me about a year n that's pretty good cause I am very hard on them...lol
05-25-2013, 08:30 PM #9
This one is about 2months old. Its still getting broke in. Its a little hot since its dark but when it fades it gets much better
05-25-2013, 08:34 PM #10
This one is over a year old and is about to retire. As you can see it has lots of iron on denim patches on it. But it is the most comfortable and cool shirt I have for working in. As for the carhartt FR... don't even waste your time or money. They aren't made for welders, their made more for flash burns. Like for electricians. These 100% cotton shirts hold up longer and are much more comfortable