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    Welding hood rear "curtain"

    I found some sleeves at Harbor Freight that I dissected to use on the back of my hood, I think they will work great and only cost me about 7 or 8 bucks.
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    Re: Welding hood rear "curtain"

    Interesting, is it to protect your head/neck from hot sparks? how did you attach it to your helmet?
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    Re: Welding hood rear "curtain"

    I use it to block ambient light, but it will protect from sparks, etc. too. I haven't attached it yet, but I'm looking at snaps, staples, screws & nuts or maybe pop-rivets.
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    Re: Welding hood rear "curtain"

    Buy a hooded shirt from Goodwill and cut the hood off.


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    Re: Welding hood rear "curtain"

    I'm kind of partial to velcro sewn on the flap and sticky back for the helmet side.

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    Re: Welding hood rear "curtain"

    Once you get the back sealed off enough to keep the light out and the sparks off, isn't ventilation going to become an issue? Both in terms of getting fresh air to breath and keeping the lens from fogging?
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    Re: Welding hood rear "curtain"

    Quote Originally Posted by BD1 View Post
    Buy a hooded shirt from Goodwill and cut the hood off.


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    Re: Welding hood rear "curtain"

    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    Once you get the back sealed off enough to keep the light out and the sparks off, isn't ventilation going to become an issue? Both in terms of getting fresh air to breath and keeping the lens from fogging?
    I would think and certainly hope that air would be a non issue, the curtain is to help block ambient light entering from the rear, certainly that's a problem for all of us, or am I the only oddball here.
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    Re: Welding hood rear "curtain"

    Quote Originally Posted by BD1 View Post
    Buy a hooded shirt from Goodwill and cut the hood off.


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    thats a good idea. i welded 36" pipes together from inside a couple yrs ago. they were lined w/ white smooth cement, that relected pretty good off heavy innershield. i duct taped them blue medical rags on back of my hood. they also cought fire once. the hood thing - much better maybe even one of them detachable carhart hoods, meant to snap on under the collar of a winter carhart jacket. also, first thing i do to a welding hood, if it aint already, is spray paint the inside flat black

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    Re: Welding hood rear "curtain"

    Quote Originally Posted by CAVEMANN View Post
    I would think and certainly hope that air would be a non issue, the curtain is to help block ambient light entering from the rear, certainly that's a problem for all of us, or am I the only oddball here.
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    Re: Welding hood rear "curtain"

    Quote Originally Posted by whtbaron View Post
    Once you get the back sealed off enough to keep the light out and the sparks off, isn't ventilation going to become an issue? Both in terms of getting fresh air to breath and keeping the lens from fogging?
    Totally a non issue. I've had a piece of black flannel like material on the back and sides of mine for years, switched it to my new helmet when my old helmet died. It's a beautiful thing in terms of keeping out ambient light. Now and then I flip it up just to see what welding is like with light pouring into the inside of my helmet and every time I can't get it flipped back down quick enough.

    Mine is a big square/rectangle of cloth which i like much better than fastening on a sweatshirt hood or similar. The square of cloth doesn't require you to fit your head up into the hood piece, it just adapts to however you put your helmet on and however you move.

    I have no idea why most weldors don't add that feature because it's SO much easier to see what you're doing. The down side is that it's a bit fiddly, and I guess not everyone wants to fool with it plus people get used to doing things a particular way, adapt and prefer not to change.

    Fresh air - I also wear a 3M respirator 100% of the time I'm welding in addition to the cloth and have zero problems breathing.

    Attaching it to the helmet - I used good quality electrical tape, not the cheap stuff which is miserable. It's never come loose, peels off easily if you want to change the cloth, sticks to both cloth and helmet and is black, matching the cloth and the helmet. Just put a little stretch on it when applying it.
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    Re: Welding hood rear "curtain"

    I got a simple $11 welders hat at Runnings. Works good all over the shop for anything. Makes me look like Casey Jones met Goober

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