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Metal Artist Kevin Caron Discusses Welding Safety Equipment

Kevin Caron: I got an email the other day from a guy on YouTube, who had been watching some of my videos, and he said, "Kevin, you're not wearing all of your safety gear."

I thought, all right. Let's talk about safety gear and what I've got here in the studio where I create all of my metal art.

Let's start with hearing protection: Mickey Mouse ears. They call them all kinds of different things; they're great for all the loud noises. And, yes, I do wear them when I make loud noises, or use power tools.

Safety glasses: OK. I'm guilty for this one. Sometimes I can't reach, or don't bother to reach for them. I just go ahead and do what I'm doing, but mostly it's because I'm not using a tool that sprays sparks, or dust, or whatever in my face.

I've got the grinder. If I was sitting there working with it this way, yes, I'd be wearing safety gear. But I'm not. I'm working this way. The sparks are going that way.

Sometimes it's dark in here because it's a closed-in building, and I don't have enough light to clearly see what I'm doing. In that case, I don't want to put glasses on, with scratches in them and dust all over them, because I can't see my work. It's safer, in my opinion, to be able to see what you're doing. If it was this way, yes, I'd be wearing them. But it's not. It's down here.

Here are my safety gloves. These are good; you ought to go get some of these. I found them at Home Depot; they're goatskin gloves. They don't get hard from the sweat from your hands. They stay soft, they take the heat and they do okay on sharp edges. They last a decent amount of time for the price.

Dark glasses: Have you guys seen me using the plasma cutter and not wearing dark glasses? Again, the sparks are down here. The light is down here. If I was using it bare, where the tip was exposed, yes, I'd be wearing my dark glasses. Any welding store, you can buy these dark glasses.

I use a face mask for the dust. Yes, I?ve started wearing these when I'm using the grinder, or when I'm grinding my tungsten for my TIG welder. Put them on. They're important.

Welding gloves: any of the welding stores will carry this brand: Radnor. No, I?m not sponsored by them. I've just found these to be the best gloves that I can buy. You can grab a piece of red-hot metal with these. The palm will go up in smoke, but you at least have a second or two to get your glove off before you burn your palm.

Welding with a glove like this (general safety gloves), you'll burn your palm off. You'll have blisters on your hand. These heavy-duty welding gloves will save you from blisters. Welding gloves: Get them.

All of the various safety equipment I use when I need it, or when I think I should use it. Sometimes, I don't. But just remember, I am not trained, I am not certified. I do this on my own; I don't have other people in here working around me.

This is my opinion. Take it with a grain of this (container of salt).

See you next time.

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