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Welding overhead sucks

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Drey, Jan 29, 2007.

  1. Drey

    Drey 3/4 ton status

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    and i suck at overhead welding:doah: ....also the cheap a$$ coats our uniform service gives us arent worth a crap.... especially when your laying on your back on the ground underneath what you are welding on...pretty much the whole coat looks like this...except the part i was laying directly on.


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    Hehehe, you shoulda seen my sweatshirt after welding pieces of my friend's tube bed.
     
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    I know the feeling, got a real nice burn on my arm. From stick welding above me. I think it looks like "the duke".
     
  4. Corey 78K5

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    Back in high school when I was first learning to overhead I was to cooool for gloves. I ended up dripping a big hunk of slag on my thumb nail and burnt the mofo off. That hurt so bad I ended up puking right there:eek1: I did however finally learn how to do it and don't really mind it at all now.......
     
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    I still suck at it, and still get burned lots....
     
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    What I found that works good for me is to weld in about 1" increments (depending on heat settings). If I try to run a long bead say like 6" then it will just end up wanting to drip.
     
  7. Drey

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    I think our hobart 175 is immune to overhead welding...i tryed 1 thru 3 heat settings and 10-40 wire feel, a bunch of different combos...it looks like im tryin to grow fungus on the damn thing or somethin...if it breaks ive already got a plan to fix it better
     
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    On my Snap On I usually use 5-7 heat settings and use a 0.35 wire with the wire speed set about what I would normally have it set at. Like I said I will stitch it so to speak in about 1" beads......
     
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    I usually turn the heat up a little and the wire speed up 10 ipm or so beyond "normal" and stitch it but make sure it stays hot so I get good penetration...if I don't move fast I burn giant holes in my shirts and scream like a little girl...
     
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    problem solved! :D
     
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    It ain't easy, and as wrong as it seems turning it up works best...that and keeping the vulnerable bit's of yourself out from under the puddle. Up the voltage some and crank the wire speed up.

    Rene
     
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    Yep and get moving a freind showed me how he does overhead and I couldn't beleive how fast he was going
     
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    Yup...

    Rene
     
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    I think I am better at overhead than flat. It's easier to see the puddle. I've got a few burns on the forearms, but that was before I figured out that whole "gravity" thing.:doah: :haha:

    John
     

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