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Hi i am Mumtaz
I wear far sided eye glasses
i want to do Arc and MIG welding
can i still wear my glasses while
doing welding
What shade should i use for that

Answer
Yes, you can wear your prescription glasses under your welding hood.
I wear reading glasses under mine for very small TIG welding.
Arc welding mostly uses shades 9, 10, and 11.

#9 is for light welding.
#10 is for medium welding.
#11 is for heavy welding.

For soldering with a propane torch use #3.
For welding or cutting with a gas torch you want #5 goggles or a face shield.

For plasma cutting you want a #5 for work 25 amps and under.
For heavier plasma cutting a #7 or #8.

You can buy a low cost LCD auto-darkening hood for $60 to $80 (US) that is adjustable in darkness from #9 to #11.

<http://www.harborfreight.com/variable-auto-darkening-welding-helmet-with-metal-h>

To wear your prescription glasses when using a torch, you can use a full face shield or get goggles that go over your glasses.
These can be purchased in a #3 or #5

<http://www.magidglove.com/Uvex-Astro-OTG-3001-Shade-Rated-Welding-Lenses.aspx>

Or you can put one of these lenses in a standard face shield

<http://www.magidglove.com/VISOR-85X15X060-SHADE-5-WM865-1.aspx>  

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Ernie Leimkuhler

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Questions about Oxy-Acetylene welding/cutting, MIG, TIG, Flux-core, Stick welding, brazing and soldering, bike frames, air frames, motorcycle frames, structural welding. Also questions about Welding Certifications and Inspections. All questions about fabrication of metals (stainless steel, steel , aluminum, brass, bronze, copper). Basic questions about underwater welding. TIG is my strongest subject.

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Extensive background in most welding fields. 18 years fabrication of metal theatre scenery, 16 years structural steel, 2 years pipe welding, 9 years as a Welding Instructor at South Seattle Community College, and 5.5 years as a Welding Instructor at the Divers Institute of Technology. 16 years Industrial Welding Consultant for fabrication shops in the greater Seattle Area. 11 years Architectural Metal Fabrication. 8 years in Film/TV; SPFX/construction/set-deco/props/. 33 years Blacksmithing and Knifemaking. Currently a Field Welding Inspector for Otto Rosenau and Associates.

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American Welding Society - Certified Welding Inspector Washington Assoc of Building Officials (WABO) - Special Inspector - Structural and Reinforcing Steel.

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Do a search on google groups for "Ernie Leimkuhler" in the rec.crafts.metalworking and sci.engr.joining.welding groups. http://www.stagesmith.com/ http://www.metalwebnews.com/ Blacksmith's Gazzette - Anvil Making

Education/Credentials
BA Theatre Technology - Purdue University.

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