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    I need a blanket

    Until my workshop is complete, I only have a 12' x 16' man cave (which can be described as rough and ready) where the interior walls are a mix of herringbone 1x6's, hardiebacker around the wood stove and some OSB on the walls. Concrete floor.


    So rather then tear everything apart to spark proof, my plan is, using welding curtains, to create a 4 sided work area . But which ones?


    There's vermiculite coated fiberglass, various straight fiberglass with differing finishing processs and carbon fiber felt.


    My main concern is to not buy something that will shed and ptotentially cause skin and lung irritation.


    Any experience that can be shared using blankets for a similar purpose appreciated.
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    Re: I need a blanket

    cheapest and safest is throw up some 1/2 drywall, tape and spackle the seams..spark and mildly fire proof and safe to work around...

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    Re: I need a blanket

    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbytime View Post
    cheapest and safest is throw up some 1/2 drywall, tape and spackle the seams..spark and mildly fire proof and safe to work around...
    Thanks Hobbytime. I'll give it serious consideration. It's just that I was hoping to find a simple solution.

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    Re: I need a blanket

    Any welding blanket I've ever owned sheds fibers. They get worse with age. I hate them, but they do serve a purpose.

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    Re: I need a blanket

    There's chrome leather welding blankets and there's also the good old plastic welding curtains - the green or red ones that protect against flashing. None of these shed and are fairly inexpensive and are good for other purposes like wind shielding outside etc. Easy to fold up and put away. Both come with eyelets to hang as a curtain or tie to a frame.

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    Re: I need a blanket

    It doesn’t get simpler, or cheaper than throwing up drywall. Another option would be to use sheets of 20 gauge galvanized steel. The plastic screens do not stop fire.

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    Re: I need a blanket

    OK then.

    Drywall or plywood it is.

    Gonna take some time moving stuff (alot of stuff) from one area to another but "So it is written, so it shall be".

    Thanks for all the feedback.

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    Re: I need a blanket

    Not plywood! Drywall or steel sheets are fire resistant at worst, where plywood is will readily burn.

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    Re: I need a blanket

    Quote Originally Posted by walker View Post
    Not plywood! Drywall or steel sheets are fire resistant at worst, where plywood is will readily burn.
    If I must.

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    Re: I need a blanket

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    Re: I need a blanket

    The cement board used for tile backing for walls and floors is worth considering. Cheap enough, moisture resistant and should be sturdier than Sheetrock.
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    Re: I need a blanket

    Quote Originally Posted by Oldendum View Post
    The cement board used for tile backing for walls and floors is worth considering. Cheap enough, moisture resistant and should be sturdier than Sheetrock.
    Thanks. I resemble your handle

    I do use cement board on the walls around my old wood stove in the shed. Probably backup my Klutch welding table with some and put one of my work benches behind it.

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    Re: I need a blanket

    Cement board is far better than sh1t3rock and also used for making home shop coating ovens (I've a pile awaiting motivation so I can Cerakote motorcycle exhausts with their high temp coating).

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    Re: I need a blanket

    Drywall is the cheapest, concrete board is better.

    You can buy rolls of welding curtain online pretty cheap. I got a 6' x 100' roll of yellow see through for like $3 a foot.

    If you want a real expensive way, I have 4' x 6' leather welding blankets that I use in industrial food plants, they cant have any fibers floating there. They are over $100 each.

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