I don't mind the upsidedown welding. I can do it much better than vertical welding, but I hate when the splatter bounces off my helmet and down my back, INSIDE my coat Or when the splatter bouces off my uncovered scalp and sizzles its way through my hair. Time for a skull cap, I guess.
Knock on wood.... nothing in the eyes.
NoSmoke wrote:I am in a lot of pain tonight!
As for work, there is kind of a story on that. I am a welder, for those that do not know, and build US Navy Destroyers. About a year ago my foreman says he is putting me to the test and gives me a very difficult welding job to do. Since ships can have awkward spots to weld, I get this job of welding a critical I-Beam in the corner of a ship section that is overhead, in a tight spot, and inaccessible. In other words mirror work. The problem with mirrors are; if you use one, right is now left, and left is now right, and up is down, and down is up...and you thought welding in general was a skill! You can use two mirrors which discounts that, but multiple mirrors makes your depth perception off. You cannot win! So anyway I just have a knack for mirror work and do a good job and do a pretty good job on this critical weld.
Well guess who always ends up with overhead, critical, inaccessible, mirror welding jobs, and I mean ALWAYS!
Grinding is a part of welding, and so it is not unusual to be in a section of ship that is no bigger then a refrigerator, welding a far corner with a mirror or upside down. No joke, really tight areas. In places like that grinding dust and chips from the pneumatic tools we use blows that stuff everywhere so eye injuries are common place.
PS: I have gotten stuck so many times welding there. After awhile you learn to just relax, stop breathing because when you panic, your body expands a bit. Once I got stuck in the same spot twice and it was the only time I ever said bad words (swear) there. That was bad!