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Welding question............

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by k5freak44, Oct 17, 2004.

  1. k5freak44

    k5freak44 1/2 ton status

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    I did some welding on our garage door today, so it dosent fall anytime soon. I did most of this welding in the garage with the door open and a fan on me. The rest i did outside where it was all breezy.

    Im pretty sure the garage door is galvanized steel and i also know it puts off a poisonous zinc oxide gas.

    I did my best holding my breath, but my question is, how bad is this stuff to breathe in?
     
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    I breathed it once and I died.












































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    im serious [censored].

    could this [censored] [censored] me up?
     
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    Didnt you find it was harder to get a good weld, with the wind blowing the argon away?
     
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    I've never had the chance to weld on it but have heard that prolonged exposure can be harmful. From what you described about the fan and then outside, sounds like you took precautions about the situation.
     
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    innershield wire. couldent get the gas fitting today.

    how bad is the ZINC OXIDE. yall are acting like its noting to worry about wich is good.
     
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    You can check out chemical facts here /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I have heard seasoned career welders tell me they would not weld hot dipped galvanized no matter what. I guess the stuff is pretty toxic. Dont know about electro-galvanized. I don't think I'd wanna mess with it unless I cleaned down to the steel first.
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    innershield wire. couldent get the gas fitting today.

    how bad is the ZINC OXIDE. yall are acting like its noting to worry about wich is good.

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    bad bad [censored] man, the guy i tlke to when i was reparig my bosses barn( galv. steel) were like do what ever it takes not to beath it in. Its like a posion gas, i use a pretty big fan and did alot out doors to prevent any gettin in my mask
     
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    all the stuff i did inside the garage was wirbrushed down pretty good. i also had a fan blowing like less then a foot from me. when i went out side i held my breath and kept it held like 10 seconds after i finished the weld.
     
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    but im talking like 22 gague stuff here
     
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    Ya, I would reccomend avoiding it if at all possible. It is crap to weld, turns out yellow, puts out a white powder residue, and now it can rust which is the main reason for using galvy. I understand it is what needed to be done. I just wouldn't make a habbit of it. Guys that do large scale galvy work wear breathing gear (tank/filter) for a reason. I have done it and lived, then found out it wasn't as safe as I thought.
     
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    FYI

    Next time you do something you *think* could kill you, ASK FIRST.
     
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    Welding Galvanized is bad, the gas IS poison... but with the fans and the breeze I seriously doubt you will notice any ill-effects... maybe a headache or your eyes may burn but I know guys that have welded on it all day every day for months before noticing any effects.

    Not that I am suggesting you run out and fire up the welder again, but if you just hit a few spots and took the precautions you described your going to be fine.
     
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    no yellow or powder residue /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif

    i think it was galvainzed

    wasant rusted any where


    oh and i welded first then realized it was galvanized later.
     
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    Don't worry about it too much. In the small quanity you welded, it's nothing. In large doses, it's definatley not good for ya. I've welded on it enough at times to make myself sick and get a headache. Nothin long term though. I know that if you know you are going to be welding on galvy, drink milk. Believe it or not. And it works, a glass or two before and a glass or two after and all is well.
     
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    It is the prolonged exposure to stuff like that which will kill you. A one time deal isn't bad, but it's not good either. I welded some galvy a few years ago, and I'm still alive.

    -Chris
     
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    Hey Rustolum makes some Aluimum heavy duty paint(the one with the hard hat on it silver color can) that works hella good, makes the Galv. look great. I also bought the spray on Galv. stuff from them but it sucks. I needed to use this cause it was for a horse barn, and horse piss is very corrosive /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif and it held uo very well so far!! Plus it looks awsome!!!
     
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    I heard that it causes certain body parts to shrink /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    I did it before and it was really no big deal, I just held my breatch for the 10 seconds that I was welding then went out side and let the garage clear out for a while, nothin happened to me so /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     

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