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Offline portbaron

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How do you ventilate your soldering area?
« on: Sun, 24 June 2018, 03:12:19 »
I just open a window (across the room though) and put a room fan next to my head blowing air over the board and away from me. Not sure if this is good enough. What do y'all do?
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Re: How do you ventilate your soldering area?
« Reply #1 on: Sun, 24 June 2018, 07:01:29 »
Don't ventilate..

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Re: How do you ventilate your soldering area?
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 24 June 2018, 08:18:08 »
I have a generic air purifier with fan and filter but not carbon filter. I don't think it is enough...
I do however use disposable breath masks with carbon filter and do try to ventilate the room afterwards ... unless my neighbour could be smoking outside. I find cigarette smoke to be more unpleasant that solder fumes, even though it might be less toxic.

I have a few spare PC fans. Maybe I should build a air filter rig...
« Last Edit: Sun, 24 June 2018, 08:20:39 by Findecanor »
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Re: How do you ventilate your soldering area?
« Reply #3 on: Sun, 24 June 2018, 09:04:11 »
Yeah just use your lungs to ventilate, organic filters are best.

Offline Parva Ovis

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Re: How do you ventilate your soldering area?
« Reply #4 on: Sun, 24 June 2018, 10:05:11 »
I have a Hakko FA-400 fume absorber with carbon filter that works a treat, as long as whatever I'm soldering is really close to the absorber. Usually there's also a window cracked open and the ceiling fan is on, mainly just for the slight amount of heat.

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Re: How do you ventilate your soldering area?
« Reply #5 on: Sun, 24 June 2018, 10:34:34 »
Don't ventilate..

Breath Deep...

Get' dat keyboard High. !!

mmmm.... soldering flux


This explains a lot TP... :p
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Re: How do you ventilate your soldering area?
« Reply #6 on: Sun, 24 June 2018, 12:10:06 »
Couple of things:
- Use a fan to keep your work area clear of fumes so you can breathe.  Open window is kinda mandatory.
- Use your breathing.  Inhale before starting to solder and then gently blow the fumes away from yourself while soldering a few points.  Stop soldering when you run out of breath, rinse and repeat.
- If you've got one of those carbon fume extractors use it too, but don't forget about your breathing because stray wisps of smoke can still escape.

The second one is super important.  You don't want to be sitting with your face over your soldering iron and inhaling that stuff.
« Last Edit: Sun, 24 June 2018, 12:12:02 by MajorKoos »

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Re: How do you ventilate your soldering area?
« Reply #7 on: Sun, 24 June 2018, 13:41:46 »
How long are you guys heating joints to get enough fumes to be a problem?

I just make sure the room I'm in has some air flow, never had to open windows or anything like that.

PS: There are a few older threads on this topic but I'm on .mobile and tapatalk is being dumb copying links.

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Re: How do you ventilate your soldering area?
« Reply #8 on: Sun, 24 June 2018, 13:42:26 »
I don't think ya'll are soldering enough for filtration to make a huge difference..  Do it near a window with a fan blowin' out if you must..


Overall.. cigarette smoke is not really that harmful unless you're the actual smoker..   Once it's in the air, the PPM is very very small..  Unless you're around all the time,  the damage is minimal..

It's not terribly different from driving down the high way.





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Re: How do you ventilate your soldering area?
« Reply #10 on: Sun, 24 June 2018, 23:17:59 »
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Re: How do you ventilate your soldering area?
« Reply #11 on: Mon, 25 June 2018, 00:28:46 »
proper setup with soldering station under a hood with forced exhaust to outside. No, you really do not want to breathe that. I know you joking TP.

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Re: How do you ventilate your soldering area?
« Reply #12 on: Mon, 25 June 2018, 04:41:35 »
proper setup with soldering station under a hood with forced exhaust to outside. No, you really do not want to breathe that. I know you joking TP.

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Offline barrel

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Re: How do you ventilate your soldering area?
« Reply #13 on: Tue, 26 June 2018, 06:39:16 »
I don't it's an eternal challenge to not die while soldering a board.

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Re: How do you ventilate your soldering area?
« Reply #14 on: Tue, 26 June 2018, 06:43:27 »
I dont use anything tbh

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