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Old 12-27-2015, 09:05 PM   #1
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When I started a hobby again in 1987 I was building in the winter time so I could crash in the summer, I needed a few trainers and was building a few. After a time I developed a tight chest and a smokers cough (I smoked in those days). Finally I saw a doctor, and he said I had to change the glue (CA and Epoxy) and go to white glue etc. I did not wish this so I bought a good air fan set it up to move the fumes away from me and cut my building time from say 8 to 10 hours a day to 2 to 4 hours a day. Some days no work was done at all. My problem left and I had 3 fliers by spring. I'm posting this so others may gain on their issues.
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Old 12-28-2015, 08:45 AM   #2
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How did you set yup your fans? As a fume hood, behind the build bench to act as a vacuum, or behind you blowing the fumes away?

Also, were you venting the fumes to the outside or just blowing it around the room?

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Re: Glue fumes

I gave up on CA a few years ago and now use Super-Phatic from Deluxe Materials. It works like CA, you assemble the pieces and apply the glue. It takes a bit longer to set but gives a more flexible/less brittle joint and is easier to sand. I am currently working on a glider with carbon fiber spars and it does a good job gluing the balsa ribs to the carbon fiber spar.
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Old 12-28-2015, 11:50 AM   #4
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Re: Glue fumes

I use CA near the Open Garage Door, I find this generally sucks all the fumes away.

If it's cold outside, I'll open the Firebox door, and that Draft does the Job as well

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Old 01-04-2016, 11:08 PM   #5
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I set the fan randomly blowing across the table or over a shoulder, always moving the air away from me. Sort of like big business. same fumes add more air and cut the percentage of toxic fumes down.
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Re: Glue fumes

Back in the 80's I was editor of our club newsletter and posted warnings on the exposure to epoxy. They used Ketones that would accumulate to a trip point that would then show indications of allergic reaction you may never have had before.

The unfortunate reality is that not only were these exposures cumulative, (you CANNOT get rid of them) but frequently make you allergic to an entire range of other agents.

I found CA tended to be more of a breathing problem, where I reacted like having an allergy attack or a cold. I also found the fume levels were related to how fast it set up. Thick CA tends to set slowly, whereas thin can light off so fast you can actually feel the heat and see fumes. Pretty nasty.
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I have no problems i wear North half mask with the purple cartridges that are designed for use with these type of glues.
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I had serious issues. 100% convinced that it was a BAD cold. Nose completely stuffed up. Had to get a pump for asthma. Symptoms last for 5-6 days. The 3rd time this happened I finally realized that I had just used CA. Did some research and that was the problem. I have built my last 2 planes with BSI ODOURLESS CA and I was VERY hesitant. I tried only a few minutes and waited a day… no reaction.
I now use BSI Odourless CA and ENJOY building. I was almost in an ambulance and on my way to emergency. The information is out there but Holy Crap, what an experience!
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