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Few welding questions

So when I bought my welding kit it came with a hand held face sheild so I went and bought a head mounted with auto dimming lens and its still pretty bright to the point where when I look up with the face sheild off i can still see green blots etc for a few minutes. Is this normal or should I find a better lens perhaps one that doesn't auto dim?
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I tend to pull rather than push so I can't see the welding pool to good should I break my habit and push? Any trick for setting wire speed/power for metal thickness or am i just gonna have to practice and learn this?
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Sometimes when welding it will cut out for a second while welding, the connections are good and im keeping my hand the same distance from the metal so Im guessing its a wire speed that needs to be turned up, or do you think its something else?

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If your see green dots the auto dim is either not working or set to low need to adjust to a higher setting

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So when I bought my welding kit it came with a hand held face sheild so I went and bought a head mounted with auto dimming lens and its still pretty bright to the point where when I look up with the face sheild off i can still see green blots etc for a few minutes. Is this normal or should I find a better lens perhaps one that doesn't auto dim?
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I tend to pull rather than push so I can't see the welding pool to good should I break my habit and push? Any trick for setting wire speed/power for metal thickness or am i just gonna have to practice and learn this?
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Sometimes when welding it will cut out for a second while welding, the connections are good and im keeping my hand the same distance from the metal so Im guessing its a wire speed that needs to be turned up, or do you think its something else?

Sorry for the long read and thanks.
If the helmet isn't adjustable then you need a darker one. Otherwise adjust it to like 12 that's where I like to have it.

I like to push so I can see the welding pool, just be careful not to touch the weld with your glove, I use two hands also. But you can do either/or, it just takes practice.

On some welders there is a chart for thickness to set wire speed and amperage, if there isn't on on the inside of the cover then I'm sure you can find one on the net or somethin.

If you're blowing through the metal either move faster or turn down the amperage. If it's popping and blowing through it needs turned down, or you need to speed up, or turn the wire speed up, if its pushing back on ya and skipping then you need to turn the wire feed down or turn the amperage up. It's all a feel, you'll get it set to your liking eventually but find the chart as a starting point.

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If your see green dots the auto dim is either not working or set to low need to adjust to a higher setting
Yes. Turn it on and look at a light, something bright-ish like a flourescent light or headlight and it should go dim, that's an easy way to test if it's actually dimming.

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Yes. Turn it on and look at a light, something bright-ish like a flourescent light or headlight and it should go dim, that's an easy way to test if it's actually dimming.
Yep thats how I check mine

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well once you get a case of arc burn on your eyes cause you were being retarded like me... I was welding without a face shield for like 30 min, bad idea

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well once you get a case of arc burn on your eyes cause you were being retarded like me... I was welding without a face shield for like 30 min, bad idea
My grandpa was working in my shop while I was welding and he made sure never to look my direction. That night when he got home his eyes felt like they were on fire. To the point where he though he got some sort of chemical in them when he took a shower. He said it was the most unbearable pain he has ever felt (mind you he is a tough old bird and not much phases him). Needless to say, be careful if you are around someone welding and make sure your dogs arent around either!!

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ya i couldnt sleep good for like a week it felt like my eyes were held open all the time so they were all dry. So I personaly say make sure you got a good helmet.

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So when I bought my welding kit it came with a hand held face sheild so I went and bought a head mounted with auto dimming lens and its still pretty bright to the point where when I look up with the face sheild off i can still see green blots etc for a few minutes. Is this normal or should I find a better lens perhaps one that doesn't auto dim?
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Sorry for the long read and thanks.
Im assuming your using a wire fed mig welder. Personally I pull as I have found I get the cleanest welds from this method. As far as your welder pausing, you might check the spring tensionser on the feeder motor inside the welder cabinet. If it is too loose, it can momemtarily pause if it meets some resistance from spatter accumulating on the tip (lol, that sounds bad). If you have the spring too tight, and something gets hung up the wire inside the cabinet will bend and make a mess. The spring tension should be adjusted dependent on the wire thickness you are using...

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Check and make sure your helmet is dimming Matt. Flash burn sucks. I have had it more than once

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