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Old 09-11-2008, 01:47 AM #1
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I was thinking of making a fume hood in my bedroom, and I'm not sure how. Right now I just use a big fan and open the window. How can I make a fume hood?


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Like, fume hood with the glass between you and the bench and vacuum extraction? Its a pretty simple concept, but likely going to take a lot of fabrication... and you want this in your room??
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Are you wanting to drill a big hole in your roof for the exhaust fan ?

If not, than i'd stick to the fan in the window idea, and possibly just add a hood onto it. It would take alot of work to actually make one.
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Why the hell do you need a fume hood in your bedroom?

I work in construction (for cabinets), and sometimes I have to run lab jobs for schools and colleges, so sometimes I have to purchase fume hoods (along with epoxy resin tops, sinks, gas / water / air fixtures, apparatus rods, etc).

You first need a chemical resistant surface, such as epoxy resin, or trespa top-lab countertops. Although it is the gas you're containing, sure there's going to be liquid too. You need a glass door (plexy will corrode) that "rolls" up (lifts vertically) because swinging will get in the way. You will need to set up an intake & exhaust, and you might want to make a lever for recirculating the air for some applications.


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What would you need it for? Because fume hoods are for volatile and dangerous chemicals. I use them on a regular basis at Uni.

That gets me worried, you shouldn't be using dangerous volatile chemicals in your room. In fact, if what you're doing is so dangerous you need a fume hood you shouldn't really be doing it at all >_<

Labs are there for a reason, to provide a safe environment to do these things. Go find a lab
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It's probably for a meth lab. Nothing to worry about.
Kids grow up so fast these days.
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Maybe it's just lead fumes from soldering?

Also, home chemistry is not a bad thing. *I'd rather someone go through the trouble and effort to build a fumehood and practice hobby chemistry at home than do it unsafely. *But generations of scientists grew up with chemistry sets that they got for Christmas or birthday, and grew up to be some of the greatest minds we have in science. *We would not have nearly so many great scientists and such great technology if not home chemistry and science.

These days the "nanny state" is working so hard to prevent people from doing anything fun or interesting in their own homes because it's "dangerous, and only for professionals". *Laser hobbyists should know all about how this isn't what we want or need. *Without these hobbies being accessible and getting kids interested in science, we won't have the scientists that we'll need moving forward. Where do people think these experts came from? They started in their basements and backyards and developed a life-long interest. A lot of the first people in Nasa got into rockets in their backyards (good movie: October Sky), a lot of chemists got into chemistry through home chemistry sets.

Especially with the internet now, it's so easy to go out, get good information, and be a responsible hobbyist.

Be safe, be responsible, but home chemistry can be a great thing. *And if someone is serious enough to be wanting to build a fumehood for themselves and their own safety, sounds like they're the kind of responsible person who can handle doing home science.

Sorry, that's my rant for the day. Science is a good thing, even in your bedroom, especially if you're willing to seek knowledge and do things responsibly, the RIGHT way.
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I know there's times when I wish I had a fume cupboard, as we call them here. Sometimes I like burning stuff with my NST, and the smoke gets annoying, so sometimes I just stick a fan in the window to get rid of them. not that effective tho .
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Ohhhhhh! A fume CUPBOARD! I was wondering wtf a fume hood was...
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pullbangdead, home chemistry isn't a bad thing.

But a fume hood... in your ROOM? You shouldn't be playing around with dangerous chemicals in the place that you sleep. If some fumes or what not get in the air and don't get sucked out, your exposure time goes through the roof. There are many carcinogenic chemicals out there and you do NOT want long exposure to them.

potatorage, make a fume hood in your workshop or something, not your room. The long term health risks are far too dangerous.
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pullbangdead, home chemistry isn't a bad thing.
He did say it was a great thing with the proper safety and stuffz.
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It's not for anything that dangerous, I just want to be able to burn stuff in my room without the odor, so I was thinking I could minimize the smoke in my room by making a fume hood. Once there's smoke in my room, it takes an average of 2-3 hours, and it gets really annoying after a while.
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