IDEA OF THE MONTH

LARGE HOOD AND EX­HAUST SYS­TEM FOR MET­AL­WORK­ING IM­PROVE SHOP AIR QUAL­ITY.

Successful Farming - - ALL AROUND -

On their large Port Austin, Michi­gan, farm, one of the Mu­rawskis per­forms main­te­nance al­most ev­ery day in the shop. Of­ten it’s at the 5×5foot met­al­work­ing workspace where ei­ther the wire welder or the cut­ting torch is in ac­tion.

The area stays smoke-free, though, due to their am­ple ven­ti­la­tion.

“This is nice, es­pe­cially when there is grease on the steel we are torch­ing,” says Ken Murawski. “It sure works bet­ter than the 6-inch pipe and squir­rel cage fan we had in our old shop. The walls stay much cleaner, too.”

Though a sys­tem like this could eas­ily be in­stalled in an ex­ist­ing shop, this de­sign was planned be­fore they built new. The builders left an open­ing for the 24-inch fan, skipped putting in­su­la­tion there, and added a small ex­te­rior hood an­gled down­ward to keep the rain out. Visi­tors of­ten com­ment that they want to repli­cate the idea be­cause of how smoky the air gets with in­ad­e­quate ven­ti­la­tion.

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