Can't see

  1. Peter Anning New Member

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    Hi,

    Just bought myself an R-Tech 180 Mig welder and using BOC Argoshield Light on the Smaller/Welder Deal. Very happy with the set up so far. Been following loads of videos here and on Youtube. This guy seems good http://www.weldingtipsandtricks.com/mig-welding-videos.html

    I am struggling to see clearly, I wear reading glasses for close up stuff so I have them on under my auto darkening mask https://www.r-techwelding.co.uk/r-tech-speedmaster-xl-auto-welding-helmet/

    I can just about see the weld start but trying to keep in a straight line is a real struggle. I am quite used to Oxy welding where things happen a lot slower. With Mig I need to get going along the joint as soon as the arc fires.

    Any tips here I was thinking that some kind of ultraviolet marker along the edge would be a good idea but I have not read anything about this.

    Peter
     
  2. rtbcomp

    rtbcomp Moderator Staff Member

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    Increase the ambient light - some people have even modified their helmets by fitting LED lights to them. Try marking the edge of the weld with white chalk. Reduce the darkness setting on the helmet.
     
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  3. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    Hi & welcome to the forum :waving:

    Do a search here for "cheater" lens, get more light on the work/weld area and try a chalk line to help with keeping the weld where you need it.

    Have you had a scan through the tutorials? (buttons at the top of the main page)
     
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  4. Shoggi

    Shoggi Member

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    I had this problem when I started and as said above I just use good lighting around the piece I'm welding and adjust the helmet to suit your needs
     
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  5. Peter Anning New Member

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  6. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

  7. Lazurus

    Lazurus Member

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    I am new to MIG myself and had the same problems as you have described, I increased the lighting with a simple angle poise lamp and a 2.0 diopter cheater lens. This mad a world of difference.
     
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  8. Wightsparks

    Wightsparks Forum Supporter

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    New mask ? have you removed the plastic covers from the inside of both plates?
     
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  9. Barlidge

    Barlidge Forum Supporter

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    One other thing to check as its a new helmet is to make sure you have removed the protective film from the lens, ask me how I know.

    Edit: Great minds @Wightsparks
     
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  10. PavePogue

    PavePogue New Member

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    I’ve been welding since I was 14-years old. Now, I’m 42. I wear glasses. I use cheater lenses, but I was finding it hard to see. I was still working fine, based on wrote-memory and feel, but I was struggling. So, I did this. I increased my ambient, background light 10-fold, and it has made a world of difference. I felt silly, because I should have known to do that. I don’t know... pride I guess. Now, I’m comfortable and welding happy again. Yep, increase the light.
     
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  11. rtbcomp

    rtbcomp Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks for letting us know.
     
  12. cbfb Member

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    I wear glasses under my helmet too.

    As others have said, good lighting is important. I have a little clip-on spotlight.

    One thought, are you getting your head right up close to the job? On smaller stuff I like to get within a few inches. Also before you start the weld move your head / torch / hands around to see what offers the best view.
     
  13. Seano

    Seano Member

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    I find that because it's not always easy to increase ambient light on the work piece does anyone have any suggestion on the little clip on lights for lids ?
     
  14. Lazurus

    Lazurus Member

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    There was a thread a while back about putting LED`s into the helmet face itself.
     
  15. Seano

    Seano Member

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    Yeah, I've been looking for it.
     
  16. Lazurus

    Lazurus Member

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    Lazurus Member

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    If someone can recommend the correct LED`s to get I would be grateful, there are so many variations on the WWW, all help appreciated
     
  18. Seano

    Seano Member

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    I've bought one off ebay that has eleven led's in it and runs from two cr2032 batteries, it's nicely curved to sit on top of a bucket, I intend to use velcro for attachment, I will give you the link to it :thumbup:
     
  19. Seano

    Seano Member

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  20. eddie49 Member

    Personally I really dislike multi-LED lights in torches or head-torches. Same applies to "COB" LEDs - but those are OK for area lighting.
    I think you get a brighter, clearer, more focussed light from a single source emitter, such as a 300 Lumen Cree T6.
     
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