View Full Version : For you tough guys out there.
01-17-2007, 09:22 PM
I know that some of you stir your coffee in the morning with 7018 rod and use ss wire brush to comb your hair and brush your teeth, but do any of you have issues with arc burns from reflection off your shirt? Its happened to me a couple of times in the form of chaped lips. Face gets a bit of a tan, but the lip thing is annoying. I thought of trying to put a chin gaurd type thing that would hang off the bottom of the helmet to help. Just curious. My welding jacket is one of those blue things with leather sleeves. Oh yea, Mig seems to not be as bad as tig.
Also, is there a good helmet that a respirator would fit under?
Any ideas? Different color jacket maybe?
01-17-2007, 10:03 PM
i could swear it's from the fumes. i was welding saturday in full leathers and my hood stayed down the whole time. i spent like 6 hrs solid welding. man my lips were crazy dry that night. i don't think it was from the glare, my miller shield comes down pretty low. and the welding was done at eye height(seated). the room had no air and i was dying from the fumes of 12 fellas welding just as hard as the co-op could run the power to us.
01-17-2007, 10:12 PM
I dont know, Ive been welding on aluminum alot lately trying to get those perfect beads, I dont think theres any fumes involved. Im by myself in a garage. But Ive thrown in some steel here and there as well. Maybe your right. I tend to get my head down pretty close to what Im welding. Think Im gonna try one of those little mouth caps. I dont think it will stop the gasses but it might stop some of the light, then Ill know if its the fumes or the light. Hmm. You must have had one hell of a headache. What were you guys building?
01-18-2007, 07:33 AM
You don't tend to chew your lip when you are concentrating do you?
01-18-2007, 07:59 AM
I have been burned many times with the reflected arc...on the back of my neck (window behind me), underarms, ears, but lips...not there for me, but the arc shines in places you often don't expect.
Only time I get chapped lips is if I lick them or bite them like Ben suggests...or, it's just really dry. My dad used to say...(dads always have something to say)..."Cow manure is the best thing for chapped lips...it keeps you from licking them..."
My dad used to say...(dads always have something to say)..."Cow manure is the best thing for chapped lips...it keeps you from licking them..."
Ask him to show you how to put it on---:nono:
01-18-2007, 09:47 PM
start with this..
01-18-2007, 10:09 PM
LOL that was good,
Thanks zap, sounds cheaper and more comfortable. I saw you talk about using that stuff before. Just didnt occur to me that I might need it since I dont weld all day.
01-18-2007, 11:18 PM
We had a guy at work that would lather on sun screen and tack all day without a hood. He burned his eyes several times :rolleyes: What an idiot.
01-19-2007, 10:22 AM
I use sunscreen on my neck and arms. I have the spay-on kind. I wouldn't want to put it on my lips, though...they do make chapstick with sunblock...
01-20-2007, 11:18 AM
I've sunburned the back of my neck and sometimes my lower neck, but never had issues with my lips..
01-21-2007, 05:24 PM
Never had any problem with dry lips, but I was getting a lot of arc burn from reflection under my helmet until I put one of those little leather flappy things on it. That really seemed to help a bunch. As for dry lips, maybe you guys aren't drinking enough water....
01-21-2007, 09:36 PM
LOL, You know, I think she might be right.
01-21-2007, 09:57 PM
I never have had problems with my lips. My problem is my forehead. After a good 12 hour day of welding I sometimes can't put my helmet back on the next day. I don't know why but my forehead burns real easy.
I always get plenty of comments at the pool too in the summer. I never have my shirt off when I work. So I always have the famed farmers tan. To add I have another tan line from welding. Its soo hard to explain to people.
01-22-2007, 02:10 PM
start with this..
Also consider some of this...
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