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So the other day at Troy's turned out to be a rather expensive day. Everything was fine until I was putting in the last bit of the wall
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I don't know how it happened but when I put my helmet on and started zapping that in, I got flashed by the arc.. no biggy, the roll bar is just blocking the sensor.. moved my head and got flashed again. Something wrong.
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That's just effin lovely ..somehow something has hit the mask right where the solar panel is and cracked it. No solar, no work apparently. Marvellous. Borrowed a mask that was with Troy's machine but guess what.. it does stuff all as well. So what do I do? Weld with a barely functional mask holding the gun in such a way that it blocked the arc from view and carried on pretty much by feel and sound until I gave up.

Did not need to spend money right now but if I have no choice, well we went shopping yesterday between MORE house inspections. Total tools had a decent range and tried them on for size. The one I really liked the feel of was a large view Michigan helmet, just couldn't bring myself to hand over $199 for a bit of plastic with a window .
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Quick look at bunnings website and found a similar spec helmet for $149, so we skipped up the road and checked it out. I haven't fired up the welder yet but I'm happy with the mask after adjusting the headgear.
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Still no luck with a new house either.

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I wanted to try the mask out but just wasn't up to welding anything yet.

Spent a while doing a final clean up and prime of the scuttle
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Got 99% of the tricky angles covered, may have to brush a couple impossible spots later.

Cut away some bits from the left pillar corner. Similar to the first side but not quite as aggressive thankfully.
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you might be able to get a replacement screen for the old helmet?

i'm using a fixed lense now on a hand held (cheap) shield, something like it would be handy to have on hand? $20 odd. 

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Some of the spare parts I saw cost as much as a new mask though. I've had this one for quite a few years now and masks have improved. Old one had a switching time of 1/10000th of a second, new one says 1/30000th. Hoping it is actually quicker because at times I used to get a little lag flashed.

 

I thought about finding a replacement solar panel because my lens is still good, keep the repaired one as a backup maybe.

 

 

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New mask is, well.. different in just about every way lol. Its going to take a bit to get used to after using the other one for 4-5yrs. Vision field is better with the bigger window, side effect is its a bit heavier and tricky to get the tension right on the flip down.

For the first while I was like zap, change, zap change more, zap zap, change a bit further ...it's darker than my old one ever was, had to keep turning it down to see what I was doing when it switched. Head band is better too. Less pressure than the old one but likes to make my hat slide off.

Thing that will take the most to get used to is the colour change. This lens has a bit more blue in it rather than a yellow tone.

Sooo verdict ...its different lol, but not bad different. Money well spent I think, its the best spec mask in the price bracket and comfortable to use. A person who has had less gun time probably won't notice what I've been saying, I've just spent thousands of hours looking through the same glass and I'll get used to it soon enough.

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And for more pressing matters..
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Was on sale (before my mask broke otherwise I probably wouldn't have), looks decent enough. Had the thought it may help with pressing die forms as my dies seem to function better when hand pressed.

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Took forever to get rid of the rust and stains off here, in the end resorted to the sandblaster with the vac attached. d513d4080fc080372431abbcaee908d9.jpgac0474cb83d9f4e95d6ff4d6188a98e6.jpg
Some of it was really stubborn!
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While all that dried I hacked the sill off..
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Could have been worse. The front is that bad bit with some of the bottom edge too but won't know how bad that is till I clean up a bit.
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Made a chisel for the air hammer because I can't remember what I did with the one I've got "somewhere". Then after grinding the spot welds, used it to smash the rusty edges off.
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11 hours ago, BGDAV said:

spot welds are fun .. i should of tried the air tool idea doh 

you need to reuse some of yours though.. i hand chiseled off spot welds off something.. wasn't pretty afterwards. 

 

look how good the plenum drain is on these things

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I reckon it could stand to be a bit bigger or maybe on a bit more of a downhill slope. There's an area of entrapment in the corner, in front of the opening, that will hold on to dirt and crud if it gets in the vents.

I've never tried the air chisel on that kind of job before, or none I remember anyway. True its a bit easier on the hands but its a method reserved for total loss scenario. You won't get to keep both halves that way. Still need to grind or drill to weaken the bad side so it breaks first. I tried it because I didn't feel like jarring my wrist like normal chisel usually does.

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