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Old February 17th, 2016, 03:29 PM
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Welder: Fume Extraction Strategies?

Hi guys,

I started welding but I really don't want to be breathing in welding fumes at all if possible. I am doing the obvious stuff like keeping garage door open and not breathing in the fumes directly. I am wearing some 3m masks that is supposedly rated to filter bad stuff from welding fume.

What do you guys do to keep yourself healthy when you weld?

Thanks!
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Old February 17th, 2016, 03:42 PM
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If you use a MIG welder; a fan blower on low speed works great at blowing or pulling fumes away.
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Old February 17th, 2016, 04:37 PM
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Wearing a proper mask is the cheapest solution. Real fume extraction or clean air supply is pricey. If you are bench welding, it would be easy to rig up a cheap system.
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Red is correct. The next best thing is a dual-cartridge OVAP mask running active carbon filters. That's about $15 in filters and a $20 mask.
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Old February 17th, 2016, 05:20 PM
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Agree on the mask as a must. You can also hook up a cheap extraction system by modifying a dust collector. Make sure it's free of dust before use!
The shorter the hose and less bends the better it will work.

------ Follow up post added February 17th, 2016 05:26 PM ------

Also if you're welding anything stainless or zinc coated, up your game to the appropriate cartridges. Those fumes are nasty.

Grinding stainless is also something to be careful with.
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