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DIY Fume hood
« on: December 27, 2009, 09:14:10 AM »

I'm in college at the moment so I can't afford to move outta my ma's house. The only place I can practice any chemistry is in my bedroom but theres a nice spot in the corner of the room where I could build a fume hood. I'm gonna build it out of gypsum drywall so it'll be fireproof. I worked construction for a year so I know how to build the actual box out of drywall but I have no idea how I'll go about setting up the filtration and ventilation system. This spot is right by a window so I'm gonna just hang the tube out the window but I'm wondering how complicated it is installing a ventilation system into a fumehood. I can probably get away with a bottle of water and a bucket for the water source/sink and if I really need a vacuum I'll just put an aspirator into the fume hood.

Has anyone here built a fume hood?


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Re: DIY Fume hood
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2009, 10:44:00 AM »

I'd check out which is another forum that is focused on mainly more advanced DIY at home stuff.  I know i've seen a couple posts about homeade fume hoods there.  It's important I think to find a way of drawing/sucking out air with a machine that doesn't have an open copper coil like I see most fans have.  Imagine sucking out organic solvent vapor and having a spark go off and flames shooting out of your window in the suburbs, it might cause a problem.  Check that site out they have really good stuff and hardcore amateur chemists


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Re: DIY Fume hood
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2009, 03:37:46 PM »

This has been discussed several times
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Re: DIY Fume hood
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2010, 08:55:54 AM »

For a water source, I.e for distilling, etc. I highly recommend you get a small water pump for fountains, and a bucket of water. You can get this water pumps from places like harbor freight for pretty cheap. You can also get a vacuum pump for fairly cheap from them.

Best of luck! I hope to see you document your progress! That would really help out a lot of people.
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