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Old 11-15-2017, 03:20 AM
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I had a cataract operation last week and while my distance vision is amazing my short vision is just a blur. I had to get a job done so walked the cup over a lay wire. I couldnt see how it was going but reckoned I had the right amps. Too much undercut which doesn’t matter in this case but proves you can weld without seeing what you are doing.
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Old 11-15-2017, 04:34 AM
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Hmmmm, I wonder what your Eye Doc would have to say about you welding. lol

Here's praying your site improves.

I'm so blessed so far with some of the maladies found in old guys my age. At least I know there are a few here older than I. lol


Not bad TIG'ing by memory.
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Old 11-15-2017, 04:49 AM
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...proves you can weld without seeing what you are doing...
And the counter to that is that some people who see perfectly can't weld worth shit...
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I had a cataract operation last week and while my distance vision is amazing my short vision is just a blur.
What? No bifocals?
I had my eyedocs give me the normal prescription for distance/close in bifocals after getting cataracts removed from both eyes. Then I asked for a second pair of glasses in single vision for a focal length just right for the computer. They turned out to be comfortable for just about anything inside the house other than close ups or fine print, so back to the bifocals for that.
That's one of the best things I've ever thought to do for myself.
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Nice job!


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I have welded "Sans Helmet" with 1/8" 7014.

Just lay it in the corner (or whatever joint config) and press down lightly.
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I have welded "Sans Helmet" with 1/8" 7014.

Just lay it in the corner (or whatever joint config) and press down lightly.
I have done the same thing with 7018 on occasion.
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I have done the same thing with 7018 on occasion.


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I had a cataract operation last week <> snip

I had to get a job done

so walked the cup over a lay wire. I couldnt see how it was going but reckoned I had the right amps.
Sorry but it has to be said.

So TIG?

Screw that !, find someone or pay someone to finish the job.

When I was a kid cuts would heal in 3 days now some may take a month .....

You don't gamble with your eyes!, or give a doctor an excuse why he botched his job.
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What? No bifocals?
I had my eyedocs give me the normal prescription for distance/close in bifocals after getting cataracts removed from both eyes. Then I asked for a second pair of glasses in single vision for a focal length just right for the computer. They turned out to be comfortable for just about anything inside the house other than close ups or fine print, so back to the bifocals for that.
That's one of the best things I've ever thought to do for myself.
I told our welding students to get their eyes checked and since the optometrist can write more than one prescription per visit to get a pair just for welding. Better yet get more than one if you expect to go on the road. I don't do bifocals and have worn glasses since childhood so one pair for driving/general activity and one for close work is no big deal.

"Cheater" lenses and cheap magnifying glasses from Walmart work very well for some folks. I stocked cheaters in the school toolroom and they more than paid for themselves in reduced consumable use.

Cataract lenses are optimized for DISTANCE vision so if you don't have glasses you can still drive and survive. They don't adjust like living lenses so many folks need a stronger near-vision prescription as I do.
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