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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2008

    Default Re: Backyard welding

    Great site.
    I am new to welding and have a few concerns regarding backyard welding.
    I live in one of the suburbs of Vancouver, BC, Canada. The lot sizes are typically 60' x 120' in my area.
    I hope to do some mig and stick welding on a DIY CNC router frame made out of square steel tubing.
    My question is: Am I likely to cause any problems for my neighbors, other than a bit of smoke and noise.
    I'm thinking along the lines of RF interference, magnetic fields etc. crashing computers, or interfering with radio or TV reception.
    I will be using a Miller xmt-350 cc/cv, with a miller suitcase extreme12vs with gas-shielded Flux cored wire (Argon/25% C02).

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Milwaukee WI


    I backyard weld alot and neighbors never complain (50x150 lot)
    may burn down a garage or 2 but you have plenty of room.
    Millermatic 210

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006


    No complaints here either. I don't run my CNC at the same time in the next room though. As soon as I pull the trigger the CNC stalls, even though it's on a separate circuit.
    I do a fair amount of welding in the evening, so if there was a problem (T.V.) I'd hear about it I'm sure.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Salem ,Ohio


    My lot is 60x160 and i pretty much run a small factory from it. Zoning is the only issue i had...Bob
    Bob Wright, Grandson of Tee Nee Boat Trailer Founder
    Metal Master Fab Salem, Oh 44460
    Birthplace of the Silver & Deming Drill
    1999 MM185 w/185 Spoolgun,1986 Thunderbolt AC/DC
    Spool Gun conversion. How To Do It. Below.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    So. Cal

    Default Check your HF..

    Generally you won't have any problems since the RF radiation is only good for about 5 feet and since you are being fed from a separate panel, line noise is not an issue. However, if you are using a tig with HF start, you may want to consult anyone within 100' to see if they have a defibrillator and/or pacemaker implant just to play it safe. You can find additional info regarding HF starts in your manual or here at Miller's site.

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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Honolulu, HI


    The main thing I usually worry about is unintentionally exposing the neighbors to arc flash. I usually try to curtain off the area.

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