TIG Welding: How to Hold the Torch – Kevin Caron

TIG Welding: How to Hold the Torch – Kevin Caron


(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.

22 thoughts on “TIG Welding: How to Hold the Torch – Kevin Caron

  1. @spartaeus Thanks! That is the only kind I have to give. It may be wrong or uninformed but it will always be honest.

  2. I tryed TIG for the first time just last friday. I really enjoyed it the weld wasnt very straight but had quite good penetration. I hold the gun the same way you do it just seems natural and easier to control the weld. Out of MIG, stick and TIG i would say TIG is my favorite. I love welding all 3 ways but TIG just has somthing about it that i like maybe its just because i have just been able to try it

  3. @paulb929 I hear you Paul! This is my favorite form of welding also. Something about holding that lighting bolt in your hand and melting metal!
    Stay cool, but don't touch the red metal.

  4. you're right. walking the cup puts too much of an angle on the tungsten. It's good though when you have had a few too many beers and cant see straight.

  5. @kevincaron The biggest problem I have when I commit a WWI is sticking the tungsten. I never do anything important so as long as it sticks its all good.

  6. @freddytk421 I always get mad at myself when I do that. I just have to keep the proper distance and everyone would be happy. Oh well, it helps with my tip grinding.

  7. I have to say for us newbies these vids are great. Basic stuff like this can save hours of stuffing around. Settings, handling techniques.. all this stuff is priceless for 'welding illeiterate' IT Professionals like me who are just 'having a go' and want to fix something on there boat, bike, BBQ or what ever. Thanks for posting.

  8. @OwensBoatClub You are welcome. Thanks for posting. If you get the chance stop by my site and check out the rest of my work.

  9. @XOH4YB Thanks. Nice to know I am not the only one doing it this way. Make sure you are also changing hands and working left to right has well as right to left. Helps to keep the kinks out of your back.

    Thanks for posting. Have you been by my website yet? Lots of stuff to see over there also.

  10. I adree with OwensBoatClub, For the beginner, your videos are great. I have always wanted to learn welding…for hobby reasons, but was to afraid to try it. Thanks for posting these.

  11. From what I've been taught, walking the cup is used for grove pipe fitting. I've used it in class on g-2 and g-4 2" and 5" pipe welds. And on the job seen very experienced pipe fitters using this and only this technique on pipe. When you do it right, you can get the ah-ha moment. I have messed around with it on thin plate when you just can't find a resting spot for your hand. It works great there to.

  12. Kevin, your in put through your site is like a gift to us beginners. In class there are always some part time welders who help out usually with evening class who have your kind of background. Sometimes I make more progress with them and you as I do with the primary instructor. I am moving up in the pecking order of who does the welding where I work, my ace in the whole…the Kevin caron channel. Thanks…

  13. @nosmoke Holy ….!! Wow! That's a great way to start the day. Thank you for your kind words.

    Have a wonderful holiday my friend.

  14. Like you said, you are not properly trained and have no certifications and don't necessarily know the proper techniques. Holding it the way you do might work okay when sitting in a chair at a table, but it doesn't work too good in any other position. When I sit in a chair at a table it is to eat dinner, not weld. A tig torch is not a pencil. A pencil is straight. A tig torch has a bend on the end. A tig torch does not fit in the hand naturally in a pencil position. A tig torch fits in your hand the way a hammer fits in your hand or an oxy-acetylene torch fits in your hand or a stick welder stinger fits in your hand. That is how things shaped like that fit in your hand. You are not sitting at a desk writing on a paper with a pencil. The position you are in dictates how you hold the torch, and you don't always hold the torch the same way for every position. But the hammer grip and walking the cup will work much more often than the pencil grip ever will.

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