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).
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Thread: Re: Backyard welding
03-06-2008, 02:30 PM #1Junior Member
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Re: Backyard welding
03-06-2008, 02:59 PM #2Member
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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
03-06-2008, 03:27 PM #3Senior Member
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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.
03-06-2008, 03:57 PM #4
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03-06-2008, 05:07 PM #5
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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03-06-2008, 06:05 PM #6Senior Member
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The main thing I usually worry about is unintentionally exposing the neighbors to arc flash. I usually try to curtain off the area.
03-06-2008, 07:37 PM #7
seems like we went over the arc flash distance equation a wile back and after 50ft it was not a problem. i could be wrong here as its been a wile. maybe some one knows for shore, but its a degenerative thing as distance reduces its intensity or efect on the eye.
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03-06-2008, 08:01 PM #8
The flash could be just plain annoying tho. I'd want to TRY to be considerate if possible
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03-07-2008, 07:19 AM #10Senior Member
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I have a 11,000 SF lot in the suburbs and only weld inside the shop. My Syncro 250 will put out some RF noise when in AC/HF cont mode while welding Al. My wife came out to the shop to ask me to see what was wrong with the TV system. The TV was off but the AV sound system was belting out some loud pulsing static. Funny thing, it stopped making the noise when I came in with her to see what the problem was. I was not gonna confess but she is a sharp one and put two and two together. I try and plan AC/HF TiG work for late at night and make sure the AV amp is off.
Stick and MiG don't seem to bother anyone, just the HF stuff.Weekend wannab racer with some welders.