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Blog entry by kosta posted 05-15-2009 11:24 PM 2081 reads 0 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yo whats up everybody so I spent the day welding using a arc welder. This is the first time I actually welded something and it was a metal grill for a gate that people wernt sopposted be going through. Well my grandfather handed me the rod holder and said see what you can do. The first few times I got the rod stuck on the metal but after about 2 minuutes I got the hang of it. Now the smell and smoke was something i didnt expect that smoke smells like sh*t oh my god and the worst part of it was that the welding masks were broke so you have to hold the mask with one hand. Its amazing how much damage just looking at the light can do from 20 feet away ii mean you feel so dizzy just looking at it for like 5 seconds. I was using a lincon electric arc welder but I want to know if anybody has used one of those electric lne welders they look pretty cool.

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/



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#1 posted 05-15-2009 11:44 PM

I weld too. I also have a 200 amp lincoln arc welder. Welding is both handy and therapeutic. What do you mean by electric line welder? Are you talking about a mig welder? I’ve got a lincoln mig welder too. The wire comes through the torch automatically by pressing a trigger. It works a bit like the arc welder you’re using pretty much. You can weld thinner metal. But, you really notice a difference if you connect a gas bottle to it. The gas acts like the flux on the rods you’re using now by stopping oxygen from getting to the weld but it’s much more effective. So think of welding purity. No slag afterwards and because no slag the weld is clean so the rod flows in puddles cleanly and visually nice.
Mig welders also can be used without gas. They have ‘flux’ wire but it behaves much like a stick welder.

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#2 posted 05-15-2009 11:46 PM

yea thats what im talking about. Do you know what type of rods work good on cast iron cause when I started to weld thescreen to the cast iron fence it ws like just a couple of sparks no flame

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/

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#3 posted 05-15-2009 11:52 PM

Hmm. I’m a recreational welder and don’t know that much about it but as far as I know cast metals, cast iron, cast aluminum aren’t welded by arc welders. I think they need gas torches.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#4 posted 05-15-2009 11:53 PM

Welding cast iron is a whole new animal! I have heard not to do it! It is completly different than welding metal. You might want to look it up on a welding website, the Miller and Lincoln sites have nice forums for info.
Ohh and learn from my mistakes Welding will burn uncovered skin!!!! I spent a week watching the skin fall off my legs because i welded in shorts.

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#5 posted 05-15-2009 11:58 PM

Ha… bluchz… geesh with that finger in your picture and the news about skin falling off from welding! Are you one of those accidents waiting to happen?

I weld in shorts sometimes but it’s not recommended. Hey, lets start a new website.. “Nude Welders”. Not a pretty sight in the visual in my mind.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#6 posted 05-16-2009 12:18 AM

I too am just learning to weld. I always set a little fan blowing the smoke away from me. Seems to work for me. Of course, being a hobbyist, I realize not everyone has the luxury of using a fan. Just an idea that helps me.

-- Professional firefighter (retired). Amateur everything else I try to do.

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#7 posted 05-16-2009 12:26 AM

i need a fan lol I was in baltimore city welding on a job and people were calling the BCPD on us and we were like its a little smoke but I will look into the gas torches

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/

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#8 posted 05-16-2009 12:55 AM

trust me don’t look at the arc under any circumstances. I used to have perfect vision but from flashing myself and getting welders burn several times i have slightly blurry vision in my left eye. The burn in your eye doesn’t hurt untill hours later but when it hits it feels exactly like having sand dumped in your eyes. It is awful. Ok cast iron requires nickel rod and preheating. If the piece is really thick sometimes you need to cool the piece slowly and at the same rate such as in an oven bringing the temp down slowly and methodically. That is my two cents. Kosta try uphill welding and get back to me. Just watch your feet the slag will fall on them. Cut the current down allittle.

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#9 posted 05-16-2009 12:59 AM

ok because I didnt know this till today its really hard to weld metal when there is old paint on it because the part of the fence that I was welding started flaming up and it was a pain in the ass to put it out. Yea I started getting sparks in my boots and its not like sparks from something like a angle grinder they burn for a good 8 seconds when they hit you

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/

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#10 posted 05-16-2009 01:03 AM

Welding will give you an instant sun burn. Keep all flesh covered.

I was just told by my Dr that welding is niow going to be on the list of can’t do’s. I’m getting a pacemaker installed in a couple of weeks and the magnatism from the welder will screw up my heart.

The welder was the first Christmas Present from my wife. Sorry to see it go.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#11 posted 05-16-2009 01:21 AM

wow that sucks but there is lots of power going into that thing even with it only on like 30 or 45 or even 70 its crazy how much power goes into the damn thing it could kill you

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/

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#12 posted 05-16-2009 01:25 AM

Hey Kosta
I never got past the sticking rod thing. Good Job

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#13 posted 05-16-2009 01:30 AM

I can predict you will have “welders eyes tonight” or flash !!! take two wet tea bags and lay still with them on your eyes. Or you can go to the Er and get some drops. Good luck and never look at the arc with your bear eyes.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#14 posted 05-16-2009 01:39 AM

no I know actually it was over 6 hrs that I looked at it and im fine its just the mask I was using was really really tinted and I could see what I was going to weld and the rod holder slipped out of my hand and it was like DAMN thats bright.

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/

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#15 posted 05-16-2009 01:40 AM

hey jim im surprised you never like had to weld something together like any machinery or something like that

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/

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