(Text on screen): TIG Welding: Holding the Torch, Kevin Caron, www.kevincaron.com The Voice: Hey, Kevin. What are you doing? Kevin Caron: Well, I had a couple of emails; a couple of questions. One, they want to know if I can show you how to “walk the cup.” Sort of. I can kind of show you, but not clearly. Walking the cup: This is the cup on the torch, and this is the tungsten in the end of it. This is where the spark is; where the arc comes out of. This is where all the welding actually goes on. Walking the cup, at least from what I’ve been able to figure out, is best for working on an inside weld like this where you’ve got a 90-degree corner weld. And it involves just kind of working your gun along this way. And you can see the gun is just kind of walking itself right around the corner. The only difference between that and the way I do it is that you get to rest the gun. It makes the weld look a little smoother. I find that holding the gun – and I’m going to get in trouble for this; I know I am – I find holding the gun correctly gives you a better weld. That’s why I don’t hold the gun like this. I’m not choking a chicken on anything. I’m not trying to; I’m not trying to, you know, squeeze a tube of toothpaste. Have it a little bit more like a pencil, so you can write with it. That also gives me the opportunity to take, even, the bottom of my hand or my finger, two fingers, or whatever I need, where I can put my hand down on my work somewhere. So now I know where my work is in relation to my metal. So I’m not standing here this way letting my heartbeat get in the way and screwing up my weld. I can hold it like this, I can follow right along the edge of the metal just like I’m doing here. I don’t even have to watch. I can feel the gun touch the metal as I’m going around the corner. And it works either way; you can do it either way. It just makes it a little bit easier, a little bit more stable, in my opinion. And remember, I am not trained. I have no classes. I am not certified. This is just what I’ve learned by doing this. So, that’s the way I like to do it. I just hold it like a pencil. Hold it like the end of your finger, basically, so you can just sit and point and write with it. Always use that little finger to kind of drag it along to kind of keep your hand steady. That’s all. See you later. (Text on screen): Subscribe to See More Videos, See and Hear More at KevinCaron.com.