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    Default Soldering fumes

    Hello all
    Just looking for some advice.

    I have a small workshop in my house. I solder by a window, and have a gas mask.
    I am concerned about the fumes from soldering.
    Is opening the window enough?

    I saw that Maplin sell an extration fan for the other sort of soldering with a soldering iron. Do you think this would work with open torch soldering?

    Thank you in advance for your help
    Corinne

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    It really depends on how much soldering you are going to do, the size of your torch and whether you have special health reasons, such as pregnancy.

    For an amateur, using a mini torch occasionally for short periods, having a door and widow open for a through draft might be enough. For a large torch, used throughout the day, a hood and extraction unit would be ideal.

    As you see there is no clear answer and you might decide to settle for something in between. Dennis.

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