I only have 30 year old eyes but have a hard time seeing while mig welding. I am not sure if it is my helmet or not. I also like the shop light for mig welding. On the other side, when tig welding I have no problem with seeing although it is a different helmet that I use.
Interesting..... I'm between you folks age-wise, but I NEVER have had a problem seeing when tig welding, either at class, or at work.
Originally Posted by oxford
Stick and mig, I have never yet seen the pool, it's all just go thru the correct motions and see what you get.
Could have been the cheap Jackson helmet at class.... AFTER the stick and mig part of the class, the auto-dark lens gave up, and then for tig, it was a new one.
The original was a sort of yellow when not darkened, the new one (and the HF one I use at work) are green when not darkened. Those both seem to be a lot clearer.
Could also have been the welding booths at class.... dark as a cave, the only decent light in them was the arc, and I kept wandering off the line until I chalked it, couldn't see anything around the arc if welding outside corner, lap, or butt.
You're probably seeing the pool/puddle, but just not recognizing it.
Originally Posted by J Tiers
That's the way I was for a long time. I thought I was watching the puddle, but was really watching the arc. Then when taking a class I learned to look through the arc and see the puddle dimly beneath. That changed everything.
Maybe, but I was not seeing the WORK either..... Arc closed up the pupils of my eyes to where everything else was a large dark area with a reflection here and there...
Originally Posted by lynnl
Far less problem with an inside corner....
And I DID take a class......... I found TIG to be amazing...... puddle is so clear and easy to see, move it around as needed, see any "holidays" and fix them, too bad it uses shield gas.....
I'd bet that gas torch welding is a bit like tig... but have never done it.