Building a fire-resistant welding space in my garage
September 30, 2010 9:44 PM Subscribe
How can I weld in my garage without burning my house down or getting slag all over my car?
posted by TheNewWazoo to sports, hobbies, & recreation (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I've got a little corner of my garage that I want to dedicate to metalworking (in support of a much more ambitious project). The plan is to build a welding table to which I can affix various metalworking tools. The problem is that my garage is wood and has exposed rafters and wall studs. It's also not very big, and my (immobile) car will be parked about 5 feet away. I'm afraid that if I use the little 110A stick welder in close proximity to these things, I'll regret it due to either burning my house down or spraying slag all over the car. I can build the table (mostly) outside, but once it's in the garage, rolling it outside is not possible.
Any thoughts on how I can make this happen? Could I hang sheetrock or something on the nearest walls? Hang shower curtains? Use a big magnet to draw sparks out of the air, Magneto-style?