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    Finally Finished the welding station

    After two winters I think I have finally finished the welding station. Here is a pic of the beginning.

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    Not sure why they are sideways. I fixed them on my laptop, then they turn again here.

    The air vents are standard floor vents for heat/AC. I bought a Harbor Freight 8" air mover fan with a 10' duct venting hose. I wired it up to turn on inside, I also used two 4' LED lights from Cosco. They are really bright.

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    I also bought the welding curtain from HF. I used a 1" PVC electrical conduit as the hanger for the curtain.

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    I mounted the plazma cutter at the top side of the booth. So it would be out of the way.

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    I took advantage of the walls to hang my levels and other items.

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    Now I can weld in the garage and not get the wife fumed out, not to mention myself.
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    Excellent, also a great way to contain the mess.
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    I like it. I think that will work out very well!
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    That looks nice. I need to do something like that. One of my issues to deal with is work light.
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    Not to be the fire marshal here, but you may want to give a little more thought to "If I were a spark, where could I hide?". My uncle burned down his shed with a welding spark that found its way into a cardboard box under the welding table and the fire started about 2 hours later. Details like caulking between the bench top and backer board are important. Or what happens to sparks up over the top. I also practice (at work and home) not welding or grinding right up until I leave the shop. I like to hang around for a bit just to make sure the fires are out. When leaving the shop, I turn off the lights and scan the area for glowing. Generally, I am welding in a drywall enclosed shop that is pretty fire resistant but occasionally I will get my wife or neighbor over for fire watch.
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    Nice work.


    Also, what Jay stated. If it were mine, it would be lined and sealed with a non flammable material. Keep a water hose, or a bucket of water nearby, and also a updated fire extinguisher(or two).
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    Quote Originally Posted by grandpajay View Post
    Not to be the fire marshal here, but you may want to give a little more thought to "If I were a spark, where could I hide?". My uncle burned down his shed with a welding spark that found its way into a cardboard box under the welding table and the fire started about 2 hours later. Details like caulking between the bench top and backer board are important. Or what happens to sparks up over the top. I also practice (at work and home) not welding or grinding right up until I leave the shop. I like to hang around for a bit just to make sure the fires are out. When leaving the shop, I turn off the lights and scan the area for glowing. Generally, I am welding in a drywall enclosed shop that is pretty fire resistant but occasionally I will get my wife or neighbor over for fire watch.
    Agreed on both of your recommendations. I have two fire extinguishers in the shop at all times. The panel you see on both sides are firewall material you use for behind woodstoves. It is like a concrete material bought in small panels from Home depot. All cracks have been sealed except the ones on the side of the table. I am going to use mortar compound to seal that area. As for the air plenum vents I am going to line those holes with stainless steel mesh, to retard any sparks that may enter that area.

    I never contemplated a bucket of water, but I will add that to my arsenal of fire fighting equipment. Thanks for the tips, I to am always afraid of fire in the garage. I usually do my welding outside and do not do a lot of welding. But when I do and the weather just does not cooperate this will be my go to place.

    I started this project because I was in the garage last winter using the plazma cutter and noticed that the garage filled out with smoke so bad wife started coughing. I stopped, opened both bay doors and turned the fane on. Weather was bad, temps in the teens with wind. I decided right then to fix the problem.
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    Nice setup!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillieS View Post
    Agreed on both of your recommendations. I have two fire extinguishers in the shop at all times. The panel you see on both sides are firewall material you use for behind woodstoves. It is like a concrete material bought in small panels from Home depot. All cracks have been sealed except the ones on the side of the table. I am going to use mortar compound to seal that area. As for the air plenum vents I am going to line those holes with stainless steel mesh, to retard any sparks that may enter that area.

    I never contemplated a bucket of water, but I will add that to my arsenal of fire fighting equipment. Thanks for the tips, I to am always afraid of fire in the garage. I usually do my welding outside and do not do a lot of welding. But when I do and the weather just does not cooperate this will be my go to place.

    I started this project because I was in the garage last winter using the plazma cutter and noticed that the garage filled out with smoke so bad wife started coughing. I stopped, opened both bay doors and turned the fane on. Weather was bad, temps in the teens with wind. I decided right then to fix the problem.
    Good reminder for me of many of the possible dangers associated with welding inside . . . thanks!
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    As an amateur welder, I love that you have a dedicated space to work. As a firefighter, I'm terrified of the use of combustibles in the construction.

    Good points have already been made, and you seem to be listening, so good on you. My welding area is in an outbuilding, too. I lined the entire room I weld in with pole barn steel, and I have a wifi camera in there that I check like a crazy person periodically after I weld.
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