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Charlotte
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« on: June 02, 2010, 06:28:49 pm »

We have fixed up our hobby room and have an area for the metalsmithing.  When I look at your pictures I notice most of you have the area vented.  Is one or all of the vapors dangerous to breathe?  I sure don't want to do any harm.  When I worked on the last pendant the pickle stuff really gave me a headache once it was heated.  Any and all information is appreciated.  Thanks, Charlotte
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thewrightthings
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2010, 06:46:25 pm »

Charlotte, by all means find a way to get ventilation.  Most vapors are dangerous, and there are enough bad things in this world for you to breathe without creating more of your own! Make sure that what you get is strong enough to vent the fumes properly.
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Charlotte
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2010, 06:55:56 pm »

Where do you get the vents and is there a special kind to get?  The room is well vented with the heating and air, but I think that would recirculate in house.
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tgood1969
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2010, 07:07:53 pm »

I vent my workspace with an ordinary bathroom vent system.  I have it ducted with flex duct that I simply stick out the window while using.  Works great and pulls the smoke from smithing and the vapor from slabbing straight out of the room.

As far as the pickle goes, I don't heat mine at all.  It works slower but just as well if you leave it at room temperature.  I am slow enough that a few extra minutes in the pot doesn't really matter,  lol.

Just my 2 cents,
Mike
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thewrightthings
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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2010, 09:34:33 pm »

Charlotte, I have a vent in the wall behind my solder station it draws quite a bit of air through the wall.  Looks like a built in reverse fan.  Cover it when I'm not using it to keep heat in, in the winter and mosquito's out in the summer.
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