Weekend Warrior Welding Forum http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/categories/listing/welding-safety Mon, 22 May 2017 11:31:20 -0400 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Best Safety Gear on a Student Budget http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/best-safety-gear-on-a-student-budget http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/best-safety-gear-on-a-student-budget What safety gear would you recommend for someone just getting started (me) who isn't trying to spend a ton on gear? Gloves, Helmet, etc...GO!]]> scottiebottenus@gmail.com (Scottie) Welding Safety Thu, 11 Aug 2016 19:16:51 -0400 Hell of a scare in the studio today!! http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/hell-of-a-scare-in-the-studio-today http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/hell-of-a-scare-in-the-studio-today
22.5 volts on 1/4 inch plate..

Finished my work and hung up the gun..

30 seconds later noticed a cotton burning smell!!

The hot nozzle of the mig gun was against the cotton sleeve of the tig torch on the Everlast MTS on the cart.

the sleeve was BURNING and melting the wire for the finger control of the tig torch!

Beat out the flames and get my heart started again!!

Get the soldering iron and heat shrink and get to work fixing the damage..

Watch out where you hang the gun or the torch when you are done guys!

You don't need a flame to start something on fire...]]>
kevin@kevincaron.com (kevin-caron) Welding Safety Wed, 04 May 2016 22:20:29 -0400
Lincoln vs Miller vs Optrel? http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/lincoln-vs-miller-vs-optrel http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/lincoln-vs-miller-vs-optrel
Lincoln Viking 3350:

Miller Digital Elite:

Optrel VegaView 2.5:

The Optrel is by far the most expensive here, but I've heard really good things about them. I am kinda leaning towards the Viking 3350, as it has what Lincoln refers to as "4C Technology", which seems to be kinda like the lens in the Jackson Balder BH3, but I am still open for change. The Miller seems to be pretty nice, as it is comparable to the Lincoln. The Viking 3350 defiantly has the largest viewing window of all, while the Digital Elite is, well, digital. The only reason the VegaView 2.5 made this list is because in the event of some overhead welding, there will be less chance that I will destroy the helmet. Optrel apparently designed this helmet for overhead, so it could be nice to have. O I could just buy a Pipeliner down the road if I need to do any real overhead welding:p

I am leaning towards the Lincoln Viking 3350 , as I mentioned earlier, but I will welcome anyone's thoughts and opinions on these three hoods, or any others you might want to recommend I use.

daniel.k.chaulk@gmail.com (subdude350) Welding Safety Sun, 17 Jan 2016 16:36:46 -0500
Welding flash http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/welding-flash http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/welding-flash
Automatic helmet

shade 13

sensitivity quite high

delay shortest

.......still seems pretty bright on shade 13

any idea's ?

Should I wear sunglasses too while welding


ironsmith123@internode.on.net (sonicfly190) Welding Safety Wed, 30 Oct 2013 17:50:33 -0400
My new welding hood! http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/my-new-welding-hood http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/my-new-welding-hood chose the 3M Speedglas 9100XX and so far it is phenomenal! Crystal clear optics and the head gear is crazy comfy and very adjustable to any head size. I was on the fence with either the Lincoln Viking 3350-2, Miller Digital elite, and the Speedglas. I was actually intending to just get the 9100X but hey were on back order with Cyberweld so I went full throttle and got the big boy. Anyways...if anyone is like me and wants the best of the best with no complaints, then I urge you to check out the Speedglas. By the way I am in no way endorsed by the company, just really pumped with my new hood! :D]]> james.pond53@att.net (jpond53) Welding Safety Thu, 13 Nov 2014 01:31:41 -0500 Respirators...Who uses them? http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/respirators-who-uses-them http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/respirators-who-uses-them damianmromero@gmail.com (mariomromero) Welding Safety Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:16:07 -0400 Danger of Argon gas to the body http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/danger-of-argon-gas-to-the-body http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/danger-of-argon-gas-to-the-body teodoros81@hotmail.com (hugo86) Welding Safety Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:14:35 -0500 The Truth (Really..) about eye protection... http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/the-truth-really-about-eye-protection http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/the-truth-really-about-eye-protection
While doing some clean-up around my small farm in a seldom used storage/work area, I dumped a couple of containers of old hardware (nuts, bolts, nails, spikes...pieces of junk really..) into a large washtub for sorting. This is the sort of thing we do every day without thinking about the consequences. Dust and residue in the air and of course some of it made it into my eyes. I proceeded to go to the washroom and washed my eyes out with some eye wash (mostly saline I suspect..) and continued to finish the job. Right eye felt a little off for a while so I washed it out again that evening. Yesterday, the eye felt better but still noticeably different than the left eye. One more wash last night before bed, then this morning my right eye was stuck closed. After a quick soak and wash, I discovered that the eye was watering continuously, so a visit to the Dr. was in order......

Dr. said that a small sliver of metal had imbedded itself for awhile, but had washed out eventually. Problem ..... After washing clear, the metal had left behind a patch of rust that was causing the continued issues. The "fix" was a small drill that was used to cut away the surface of my eye where the rust had formed..... to allow the eye to heal. So, now I am dealing with increased pain, antibiotics, and eye lubricant washes ......... all because I didn't react soon enough.

So, how soon should you react?? I waited about 36 hours, trying to wash the eye. Apparently that is too long. I also wasn't wearing eye protection....It didn't even occur to me that I might need eye protection just for dumping a bucket of old bolts and washers. How about for emptying a vacumn cleaner?? Or walking outside when the wind is blowing?? Or sweeping up around your shop??

I don't know.....I'm just a little irritated at myself because of this. Don't really know what I will do differently next time.....Maybe just the thought about what COULD happen, will be enough to remind me to be more careful..... :( :(

Stay alert.....Be careful out there.....]]>
hobbit99@embarqmail.com (A-T-O-M) Welding Safety Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:29:23 -0400
Lesson learned today http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/lesson-learned-today http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/lesson-learned-today

Throw them away!!!

Not a bad burn but boy does it smart....]]>
kevin@kevincaron.com (kevin-caron) Welding Safety Tue, 21 May 2013 23:21:35 -0400
Forgoten safety Equipment... http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/forgoten-safety-equipment http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/forgoten-safety-equipment
Eyes, hands, body, all good stuff to protect....But if you weld long enough, you WILL set something on FIRE! Most of the time we can avoid it but sometimes things just don't go as planned...
When that happens you NEED a GOOD ABC Fire Extinguisher... Know you can set something on fire is the first step....Having an action plan is the second... And a welding lookout buddy is the 3rd....
I have set a truck on fire using an arc gouging rod...nothing got hurt, got to the fire quickly enough before it got out of control, now I have a plasma cutter... A friends car 1964 pro street falcon caught fire quite often while welding a new trans tunnel and firewall in... I would just say stop and spray the fire out and then he would mig another bead till I said stop....
It pays to be prepared, have a plan, have an out, have a helper!!!;)]]>
johns@columbus.rr.com (johnny-1967) Welding Safety Thu, 22 May 2014 22:02:16 -0400
Dust protection for your eyes http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/dust-protection-for-your-eyes http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/dust-protection-for-your-eyes http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d200/ptsideshow/Tools/WElding%20equipment/DSCF9473.jpg
They have a foam seal around the eyes, to keep out dust and other debris from sanding, blasting( if you don't have a fancy suit with head gear. they also work well with the breathing masks.
you can get them from Enco and they do put them on sale but they don't cost as much as a bottle of sterile eye wash!

And yes if you have a blast hood that comes with most import units will also work.
mjoat@comcast.net (ptsideshow) Welding Safety Sun, 06 Oct 2013 08:02:57 -0400
Why you want the cylinders secured in transport! http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/why-you-want-the-cylinders-secured-in-transport http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/why-you-want-the-cylinders-secured-in-transport

2005 St. Louis plant go boom

Pemex plant in Mexico it is towards the end

Be safe my friends]]>
mjoat@comcast.net (ptsideshow) Welding Safety Tue, 25 Feb 2014 06:01:34 -0500
Yours eyes need to have one! http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/yours-eyes-need-to-have-one http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/yours-eyes-need-to-have-one
They were around $50.00 when they first came out, The biggest thing they did eliminate was pink eye being spread through out the class. But because of the head band you had to make sure it was washed good to stop from getting lice!

But they were sure nice large clear view, no little bits of this or that bouncing off the face. As a women's cigarette ad line form the good old days " you've come along way baby" the face shields have too.




This one is a new direction in full face shields, Has flow vents to keep the fogging to a minimum, and your choice of types of shields. Has a great head gear and is fairly light compared to my hard hat with full face shield on it!

There are a number of branded versions. And the price does vary a lot so check the web.
UVEX It dose also come with green tinted lens in two shades for cutting.

Sperian Protection S8500 Bionic Face Shield it is available from amazon currently Price: $26.34 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping.
The hard coat anti fog shield is $13.99
Uvex S8555 Bionic shield replacement lens clear polycarbonate

Uvex Bionic shield replacement lens clear polycarbonate Shade3.0 S5860 $27.92 $18.01
The regular lens is $7.86

And I was reminded of this plastic fact from my prop/magic building days, while reading a magazine article.


Use plastic cleaners, or a mild non ammonia dish soap. As the repeated use of the glass and multi surface cleaners with ammonia will cloud clear plastics.

The wood working stores like Rockler, and Woodcraft sell them and in an emergency they also sell the replacement lens, but they are at a higher price.

I got mine off of Amazon, others got better deals on flea bay.]]>
mjoat@comcast.net (ptsideshow) Welding Safety Wed, 04 Sep 2013 06:45:12 -0400
New hood? http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/new-hood http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/new-hood stinkenegg@classicnet.net (poodle) Welding Safety Sun, 23 Feb 2014 17:41:12 -0500 HF interference http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/hf-interference http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/hf-interference rtriolo@ec.rr.com (Russ TRIOLO ) Welding Safety Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:52:49 -0500 what gear are yall using out there?????? http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/what-gear-are-yall-using-out-there http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/what-gear-are-yall-using-out-there jcomstock16@gmail.com (jcomstock16) Welding Safety Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:18:56 -0500 Welding under a vehicle http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/welding-under-a-vehicle http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/welding-under-a-vehicle Sometimes it's only after you are made aware of these hazards that you realize just how obvious they should be.

Before you light up:
have a fire extinguisher handy
check for fuel leaks
make sure you are aware of any flammable materials in the vicinity of your work.
this includes on the other side of the floor, firewall, heat shield, etc...
don't heat shocks or any other parts that will build up pressure.

and don't place the torch outfit or other welding equipment under the vehicle on the lift. in the event of a fire the ensuing panic may prevent you from moving the gear before you set the car down on top of it

vicoor@yahoo.com (vicoor) Welding Safety Sat, 04 Jan 2014 17:08:52 -0500
LInk: NIOSH Pocket Guide Chemical Hazards http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/link-niosh-pocket-guide-chemical-hazards http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/link-niosh-pocket-guide-chemical-hazards
NIOSH Pocket Guide Chemical Hazards
US Dept of Health and Human Services
edition1987, Publication 85-114

There is no copyright or ISBN# as most of the governments publications can be reprinted in whole or part with out royalties.


It covers a first responder guide to dealing with hazardous chemicals. It has tables with the information on the headings in the chart pages. Such as for First Aid ,Symptoms,Personal Protection and Sanitation. Respirator selection Upper Limit Devices that are recommended.

It also lists:

* Chemical Names,Formula,DOT,CAS,RTECS,UN Guide numbers
* Synonyms
* Exposure Limits,
* IDHL Level
* Physical Description
* Chemical and Physical Properties
* Incompatibilities
* Measurement Method
* Personal Protection and Sanitation
* Respirator Selection Upper Limit Devices recommend
Health Hazards and related information are grouped together.
* Route of contact, Inhalation,Absorption(skin),Ingestion and Contact (skin and eyes)
* Symptoms
* First Aid
* Target Organs

As with most things on the net, This complete guide is on it and downloadable. At here http://www.fws.gov/contaminants/FWS_OSCP_05/fwscontingencyappendices/V-SAFETYPLANS/NIOSHPocketGuide/NPG_only/pgdstart.htm

Or you can get the latest edition with or with out CD-Rom At here http://www.ntis.gov/products/nioshguide.aspx

One good idea is to have the pages in a hard copy form in your shop in a folder. Clearly marked and in a place where everybody knows, were they are. If there is a problem they don't have to hunt up the addy in the book marks on the computer, as somebody is floppy around in distress. It is also a good idea to have an inventory of chemicals and other hazardous materials in the folder too. So the first responders have a head start, if there is need for them at your shop.]]>
mjoat@comcast.net (ptsideshow) Welding Safety Wed, 23 Oct 2013 06:31:35 -0400
Safety Glasses----for prescription wearers http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/safety-glasses-for-prescription-wearers http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/safety-glasses-for-prescription-wearers
Nope...can't do that!!!! :D :D

Don't misunderstand, I love my eyes. Just.......well, there HAS to be a better (cheaper..!!) way to do this. I have tried the safety lenses ground with a certain diopter correction, and while they work, the little bifocal window and line in the bottom of the lens make using them very problematic!! What to do?? What to do??

Well, I located some corrective diopter full lens safety glasses....Ordered two pair. One clear and one at shade #5 for cutting and general Oxy/Acety use. Only issue may be the focal length. Have to wait and see. I will "review" them when they show up and I decide if they are "the cat's whiskers", "not too bad", "just tolerable", "pretty much useless", or a "hazard".

Wish me luck! ;)]]>
hobbit99@embarqmail.com (A-T-O-M) Welding Safety Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:08:18 -0500
Intertwining of the welding leads, and other info on welding if you have a pacemaker? http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/intertwining-of-the-welding-leads,-and-other-info-on-welding-if-you-have-a-pacemaker http://www.bl.weld.com/index.php/en/weekendwarrior/intertwining-of-the-welding-leads,-and-other-info-on-welding-if-you-have-a-pacemaker
Has any one any experience with this practice of wrapping, braiding the leads?

  • Does it effect the arc,puddle, or amount of heat put in to the weld?
  • Other than shortening the length of the leads?
  • Increasing the weight of the leads?
  • Any other thoughts on this practice?
There are suggested distances to keep the devices from the area of the pace maker. Along with the suggested maximum welding amperage (around 130). Of course one has to think that the legal department for the device manufactures has a say in what is suggested in their information.

And with a lot of the devices newer ones, They have become better at their own internal shielding of the device, from stray magnetic fields.

The other part of this debate is the high frequency component of the TIG welding. Of course before HF start, everybody had to learn lift start. So that can be dealt with some practice.

Not that I have a pacemaker, but both my parents had and have one. So it was suggested to me that one might be possible in my future! Since they were in their 80's when they got them I don't know how much welding I would be doing.;)
Electromagnetic Interference of Pacemakers

One of the more complete PDF's on the web dealing with the subject. Good charts with risk factors and distances etc.

As with most things, the scholarly differs from the real world. So if anybody has any information, not here/say please chime in and add to this thread.]]>
mjoat@comcast.net (ptsideshow) Welding Safety Thu, 07 Nov 2013 07:03:53 -0500