Maybe an Odd question.

  1. Learning the Trade

    Learning the Trade New Member

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    Ok. Being left handed,
    The old guy I work for took Me in under his wing.
    Great guy. And invested a lot of time in teaching Me the basics of Mig.
    (Although I do enjoy arc. Not done tig as yet)
    Being old school, he suggested it would be easier (I guess for him. Haha)
    That he would teach Me to weld right handed.
    And I’m pleased the fact I can now weld right handed fairly well & competent.
    I would like to start welding left handed being naturally left handed.
    Plus be nice to have that choice to swap to & from if need be.
    I’m thinking I would be able to just jump straight into it.
    However, I can’t afford to run the risk of messing the jobs up at hand.
    Should I treat switching over just as cautiously as you would using your none dominant hand.
    Or would I have a head start naturally being left handed.
    Might seem a daft question. but would appreciate input from you more skilled welders out their.
    thanks for reading.
     
  2. pedrobedro

    pedrobedro Man at Matalan

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    I use either hand to weld without thinking about it, it can be a big help in awkward positions but on the flat just use whichever hand you feel comfortable with. You should use your other hand to steady anyway so it doesn't really matter which one is pulling the trigger but your dominant eye may factor in as well.
     
  3. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    Another leftie here. :thumbup: Personally, given that the jobs sound 'critical', I'd carry on as you are but find time to practise on scrap to see how you get on.
     
  4. mr haynes Member

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    As above, if you can weld with either hand, all the better for your comfort whilst welding
     
  5. MoreWellie Member

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    As I read that you should be able to answer your own question if you can
    then you should be able to do some test welds with your left hand and see what you think of the results

    purely from a left versus right point of view I think most things can be achieved if you have a mind to do it. I am right handed but when I had a problem with tennis elbow I found using the computer mouse aggravated it so I changed to using the mouse left handed. It took me a few weeks/months to become adept at it but now I can use the mouse fully with either hand and don't even notice if the mouse is on the left or right when I sit at somebodies computer
     
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  6. Learning the Trade

    Learning the Trade New Member

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    Absolutely.
    This was what I was thinking. I feel I could just jump into it.
    But their is that saying about over estimating.especially on a job. I need to practice out of hrs time definitely.
     
  7. eLuSiVeMiTe

    eLuSiVeMiTe Forum Supporter

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    I'm ambidextrous in all but writing
    Always makes me wince when I see someone using a drill or saw in there right hand when swapping to the other would e easierm
     
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  8. Learning the Trade

    Learning the Trade New Member

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    Hey brother. Haha. yeah they are. Especially on a customers work.
    I do need to sort out a spare hr hear & there. Just having the time at the moment. I guess I do need to push forward with this. It can only be an added asset. If you can call it that. I think you you can. :)
     
  9. stuvy

    stuvy Member

    I use both hands to weld and it just takes time and practice

    start with the easy bits on your left hand and the harder parts will soon to follow
     
  10. Learning the Trade

    Learning the Trade New Member

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    That’s it. I really believe I would be just as comfy either way.
     
  11. eLuSiVeMiTe

    eLuSiVeMiTe Forum Supporter

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    Grab some scrap. Pick the torch up In your left hand and run some beads.
    Be very surprised if you struggle.
     
  12. Learning the Trade

    Learning the Trade New Member

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    Good simple advice. Appreciated.
     
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  13. stuvy

    stuvy Member

    it’s rare for me!
     
  14. Learning the Trade

    Learning the Trade New Member

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    I think so too. It’s like My left handed is just itched to grab the torch off My right. As if to say, Hey. I can do this too without training. Haha.
     
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  15. stuvy

    stuvy Member

    Just thinking about it the only thing I can’t do is filler work with my left hand it’s like me telekinetically trying to operate the apprentices hand
     
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