By Kym Morgan
21 May, 2014
MANY a welding successful workshop has been established in the Aussie backyard shed.
After all, the shed is often a man’s own private space and it can provide the ideal atmosphere for a day’s welding.
But there are a few dos and don’t when it comes to setting up your shed as a welding workspace so bare these things in mind before you start your project.
- Make sure your shed floor is flat and stable. This does not necessarily mean your need a cement or concrete floor, although this is ideal. Some of the best welding workshops are established on dirt shed floors but the surface must be as a flat and stable as possible. The environment must also be dry. Welding and water do not mix!
- Ensure that your shed has an adequate electricity supply. The average welding machine has a 240 volt output and many welding machines require a 15amp power supply. It’s worth baring this in mind when you set up your shed because the average Australian power point in only 10amps, so you may need to get an electrician to increase the power supply.
- Ensure you have adequate ventilation. If you are in a fully enclosed shed, you will need to invest in an a exhaust system but if you are in a shed environment where the doors can be kept open and there is good natural ventilation an exhaust fan will do the trick.
- Sparks often fly around when you weld so make absolutely sure your shed is cleared of any flammable materials. That means no paper, wood, books, and, obviously no petrol cans. Take a good look around your shed and identify any potential fire hazards. As a precaution you should always have a fire extinguisher on hand in your shed because you can never be too careful.
- Make sure you have good lighting. If you’re shed doesn’t have an overhead light you should consider investing in one. It is important to be able to see what you’re doing when your weld.
- If you are welding with gas, make sure your bottles are securely fastened to the shed wall. And, before you start welding, test your gas bottle gauges for leaks. Also test your hoses for cracks.
- Make sure that you store your welding machine in a clean and dry position in your shed. Dust and water could prematurely damage the machine. Also, keep the welder unplugged when not in use.
- Finally, invest in a steel welding table. This is a necessity for any welder’s working shed, since welding on a wooden surface is a massive fire hazard.
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Good luck and happy welding