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Old 10-27-2017, 02:41 PM
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8yr old girl welder

So last weekend I was welding up some assemblies and of course my 8yr old granddaughter wanted to watch. She does have her own welding helmet, why wouldn't she? So I tell here where to stand to watch and then tell her as soon as I get done she is going to weld. So when I finished up I dressed here is the appropriate PPE and set a plate in front of her and let her go. I gave her some basic instruction of technique and she was all over it. She welded beads on a few plates and was really getting the hang of it. Now she is hooked on watching welding tutorial videos on YouTube til we get back in the shop to practice more. Good times.
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Old 10-27-2017, 03:16 PM
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Awesome. I want to to give this a go with my 7yr old son after Halloween. Any tips/challenges for working with a child like that? I am going to have him ghost-weld (power off) a bit and then throw my auto-darkening helmet on him to make a few beads himself.

Were you able to find some leather gloves that fit her?
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Old 10-27-2017, 05:42 PM
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Good on ya, for being the best kind of bad influence.
I'm hoping that one of two grand-kids follows the path!

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Old 10-27-2017, 08:46 PM
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As long as it is fun Kids eat that stuff up.

If it gets boring it is over for the day.

Teach them Tig first and they will most likely become addicted
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Old 10-28-2017, 07:56 PM
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that's great.good on you.
my son wanted to try stick at 5 years old,of course i let him have at it.
mig came shortly after of course.
he was doing pretty good tig by 10 or so.
in grade 10 he decided to be a welder and the shop instructor set him up with in a fully paid college course.
scored 98 to 100% in every test before he was 17.

you can never start to them to young.
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Old 10-31-2017, 09:59 AM
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Awesome. I want to to give this a go with my 7yr old son after Halloween. Any tips/challenges for working with a child like that? I am going to have him ghost-weld (power off) a bit and then throw my auto-darkening helmet on him to make a few beads himself.

Were you able to find some leather gloves that fit her?
I just had her wear my gloves, I need to take her to the welding stores to see if a pair of small gloves are to be found. For learning how she did fine with them. That definitely would work with TIG. I just showed her once, then held the gun with her and let her go. Coaching as she went. Later we found some YouTube videos that she watched and we have yet to get back to the shop and practice some more.
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Old 10-31-2017, 11:41 AM
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My daughters have been welding for a while now. They sometimes send me pictures at work of welds asking for input on how to adjust the welder. One day they were struggling and I got a text, "Dad, I think we're out of gas, I can't get good welds" They were right. They're a little older now so they can use the mig whenever they want. They've been taught enough safety so I can trust them. Tig lessons are coming soon, but I suck at that so they'll probably end up helping me.

They've been asking for a plasma cutter for Christmas. Mom has finally given the OK for that.
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Old 10-31-2017, 01:26 PM
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Video of her welding that day. https://youtu.be/BjIpjfaGUaM
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Sounded pretty good. She looked happy and excited and that's good too.
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Old 11-02-2017, 04:59 AM
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Great stuff. That's going to be a fond memory for her later on.
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Old 11-02-2017, 05:51 PM
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Video of her welding that day. https://youtu.be/BjIpjfaGUaM
That's grand-parenting done right! Very cool.
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Old 11-05-2017, 10:36 PM
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Should teach them gas welding first. The rest comes easier after mastering gas welding.
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