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This may be an odd post, but anyway - I'm wondering since these chemicals warn about toxiciity and need for ventilation... what do people do when they want to apply in the winter? I want to treat a 1X6 about 29 inches long.  Seems  I only have my house and the garage and basement will allow fumes into the living space. So any ideas? 

Smitch (post #207498, reply #1 of 7)

Simple answer-stir well, apply as you would outside but in a warm place-house, garage, basement.  Heed all warnings about applying around open flames and disposing of rags etc.

or

buy one of the waterbourne finishes with different properties and apply as advised on the can.

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Mainly keep away from any (post #207498, reply #2 of 7)

Mainly keep away from any flame source and make sure you have SOME ventillation -- a window open a crack, etc, ideally on the downwind side so air moves out the window directly from your work area.

(Worst problem I ever had was using Titebond II PVA glue on a hot humid day -- I developed a really bad rash everywhere the sweat held my clothes to my body.  (EVERYWHERE!))


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Thanks. I think I understand (post #207498, reply #3 of 7)

Thanks. I think I understand why people have sheds.

Woodworking in Basement (post #207498, reply #4 of 7)

I do a fair amount of wood finishing in the basement and while there are times I ventilate to reduce odors I would not be concerned about a 1 X 6 that is 29 inches long. 


When I replaced the kitchen Formica I had to use the solvent based contact cement.  That job required ventilation with a small fan of the induction motor type because there are no brushes to produce a spark.  It was nice weather and many windows were open also.

Interesting thanks. I should (post #207498, reply #5 of 7)

Interesting thanks. I should get one of those types of fans. My problem is, my garage is my workplace mostly and in the winter I need to keep that door closed.  Hopefully I will rarely do things like this in winter, but there are exceptional needs.

a 1X6 about 29 inches (post #207498, reply #6 of 7)

a 1X6 about 29 inches long

such a tiny piece that you could coat it in the bedroom with a piece of plastic over the bedspread and not have any bad effects

Fumes and odor a problem only when doing a whole floor or some such. 

No bad effects?  Do you (post #207498, reply #7 of 7)

No bad effects?  Do you normally sleep in the doghouse?


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