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Old 06-05-2005, 07:47 AM
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Default Can I hold an electrode while welding?

The older I get the more I shake even if it is small amount. What I would like to know is if you can use your free hand to hold the electrode what welding. This especially applys to the smaller diameter electrodes. What are the pros and cons about that type of procedure?
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Old 06-05-2005, 09:09 AM
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Hi grumpy, I hold the welding rod with my off hand all the time. Sometimes it does get exciting if my glove it wet tho
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Old 06-05-2005, 09:21 AM
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Default hi grumpy this may help you

use your side cutters cut full weld rods in 1/2. these shorter rods will give you much more control. i do this in tight quarters sometimes, like reaching
up under an auto. i also normally guide rod with 2nd hand also.
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.... What I would like to know is if you can use your free hand to hold the electrode what welding. ?
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It is done all the time just be sure to use a good thick glove with no damage on the hand holding the stick for longer burn protection. I have a big box of right hand gloves and no lefts from this practice. Terry

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Old 06-05-2005, 12:26 PM
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I almost always use two hands. I like to guide the electrode with my index finger
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I almost always use two hands. I like to guide the electrode with my index finger
Luckily,,,,God gave me hands of a surgon,,,I would not know what to do with my other hand,OPPS Left myself wide open to that!!!!!JAck
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Old 06-05-2005, 01:25 PM
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I almost always use two hands. I like to guide the electrode with my index finger
I do the same. Give ya the shakes when your glove is wet though...
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Old 06-05-2005, 05:13 PM
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Thanks for all the responses. Now I feel more confident about touching (holding) the rod when welding. Also thanks for the tip about cutting the rod in half--never though about that.
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