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#1 Eddie Fleming

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 07:41 AM

 I am looking at using a bathroom vent fan setting on or near the bench to move the air from my work area outside.

 

 What do you use to control the fumes when soldering at your workbench?


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 08:01 AM

In the past I've used a 4" AC powered box fan to blow the fumes away.
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Posted 19 May 2017 - 12:21 PM

Yes I just use a small fan to the side of my soldering area to blow the fumes away from me.  Simple, but effective!


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 12:44 PM

Like Tim, I use a small fan harvested from an old computer. I have it close to the items I solder and it sucks the fumes away effectively :-)

 

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 12:50 PM

IMO, this is the optimum way.

Using the small fan to both suck fumes away, and extend tip life.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 01:07 PM

I usually improve the air quality in my shop by staying away from Taco Bell take out


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 01:42 PM

I have been using pretty much the same setup Mike diagrammed but I work in a small work area and the smell of acid can be in the air.


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 01:56 PM

If you have a window, it seems like a no brainer.

If not, I wonder if baking soda would help.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 02:32 PM

Eddie,

 

I have a small area in my basement there is no way of not fuming yourself out ...So I use a bathroom fan mounted above my bench wire to a switch and ducked outside with 4'' dryer vent hose and down to the bench surface the same-way. I forget the cfm but it is big as I could get and the lowest noise ( don't get a loud one, I did that. l thought I  had a Hughie mounted to the wall ) .

 

I ran the pipe down the wall and onto the bench, when I came to the bench top I elbowed it with 4'' steel elbow  secured that and from there I use a short piece of 4'' flexible pipe  to place were I'm working on the bench. Works Great! No fumes at all ...  I have tried regular fans and fans with charcoal filters like they use in electronics nothing work well.

 

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 04:15 PM

Thanks Ken that's a lot like what I had in mind only i had not thought about using the flex pipe on the bench. 

 

I figured someone had probably tried it. 


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 04:16 PM

I use this filter/fan combo to pull the soldering fumes away from me, pretty much have it set up in a similar manner to what Mike drew up. Though in my case, lack of AC in my basement means I also have a large box fan aimed in the general direction of me/my work bench to keep cool - which helps push the fumes into the extractor fan. https://www.amazon.c...rds=solder fume


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