I am having some difficulty seeing my joints while mig welding (flat position, GMAW). It is hard for me to stay on course and make a perfectly straight weld. Today I tried using soapstone and it helped a lot, but it feels like I'm cheating.
I also lightened my lens to 9, but that's prolly not such a great idea at 170A. Maybe I am not looking at the right angle while dragging the torch (I can do better pushing, but I want to be good at dragging). I have been angling my torch to the right while dragging left to right and trying to watch my joint by leaning my head to the left and watching the joint just behind the stickout as I travel along. I also tried angling the torch back toward my body and looking over the top, seems easier to keep a straight line but I get more smoke in my face.
I have been practicing all day on pieces of 3/16" plate, doing butts, overlaps, edge welds, outside corners and tees. The tees are easy because I can feel my way along, also the overlaps. The butts, edge and outside corners are where I have the most problems.
Sure would appreciate any advice from you guys out there, thanks.
P.S. my machine is a Miller Challenger 172