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  • #16
    Originally posted by BCRider View Post
    Bented, now that did its job in fine style. And darn but that's a scary picture.
    He would have been in a world of hurt without the neck gaiter, I found them a pain to use and would often forgo them but always wore a balaclava.

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    • #17
      Old time welders soaked their outer clothing in a solution of borax. For overhead welding you need leathers.

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      • #18
        That Formula One driver who recently crashed but escaped from his burning car after about 30 seconds must have been wearing something pretty impressive. He was completely engulfed in flames, but got away with relatively minor burns to his hands.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by JoeLee View Post
          Found a great selection of them here.

          https://bakersgas.com/pages/search-r...ct&q=blankets*

          JL..................
          I can vouch for the Hypertherm cutting blanket, but the weight and feel of the fabric is more like wet canvas. I also recently ordered in a few of the carbon fiber ones for a customer and they have been pretty impressed by them, but they are stiffer and heavier than the cutting blankets.
          I just need one more tool,just one!

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          • #20
            I heard about this flame resistant underwear on the internet but I could never find any.
            /s
            25 miles north of Buffalo NY, USA

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            • #21
              Check out CarbonX.com
              Davis

              "Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself"

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              • #22
                How flame-resistant do you need it to be? Trapped in a crashed racecar flame-resistant, or just wont catch fire easily flame resistant? Cause plain old denim is surprisingly flame-resistant for a basic fabric, but wont compare to Nomex. That said, if all you need is protection from an incidental hot bit hitting you it could be enough

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                • #23
                  Check out a fire extinguisher firms products, they would sell fire blankets.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by DS_park View Post
                    Not sure what your intended use is.

                    Wool is fire resistant as is without added chemicals. I have long sleeve button up wool shirt that I breakout for small welding jobs.
                    Here is my intended need.

                    I'm looking for something I can cover most of this machine with when I'm grinding. Even if I do it in two or three pieces. Dressing the wheel is the worst. Not so bad on the surface grinder but the T&C grinder is different.
                    That stuff goes everywhere and if I dribble coolant or use mist it makes more of a mess, one that I can't vacuum up. That grit blasts the table, dulls the finish and takes the paint off.
                    I've been using tin foil which helps quite a bit with the clean up, but it's a pain.

                    I was thinking of some light weight fire retardant material that I could cut and fit around everything, like the column and the work head. Sort of like an apron. I've seen people use silicone rubber sheet. Something with a smooth finish so the grit and stuff can be vacuumed off or I could take the thing out side and just hose it off.
                    I wanted to stay away from any type of material with a heavy woven texture because that will just collect grit and be harder to clean. I was even thinking of that rubber coated stuff like truck tarps.



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                    I have a curtain that I can drag around my grinding area to keep the rest of the shop free of all that fine abrasive dust.

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                    Thanks for all the leads on the material.

                    JL...............

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by epicfail48 View Post
                      How flame-resistant do you need it to be? Trapped in a crashed racecar flame-resistant, or just wont catch fire easily flame resistant? Cause plain old denim is surprisingly flame-resistant for a basic fabric, but wont compare to Nomex. That said, if all you need is protection from an incidental hot bit hitting you it could be enough
                      I only need it to be somewhat flame resistant so sparks from grinding won't set it on fire when that steel dust starts to glow and flicker sometimes.

                      I was thinking of denim and spraying it with some of that fire retardant spray.

                      I really liked that foil covered material, thought that would be a good choice and easy to clean.

                      JL................

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                      • #26
                        Newtex was the brand of the US one I had, the catalogue called it a bunker suit I think
                        mark

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                        • #27
                          John Tillman or Steiner Industries

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                          • #28
                            Dont get a HF welding blanket. They get real burnty

                            Actually this was my fault. Needed a quick backer for sweating some copper lines and wow. Saved the house but cooked the blankie.

                            They do work as advertised for MIG spatter and are made in, no not China. Russia!! I was supersized to see that.

                            I use a couple of them to cover my machines when grinding. JR

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                            • #29
                              Silicon rubber sheet may be the thing, oven liner perhaps, I had a vision of him clomping round in a silver fire proximity suit, always scary when the glass cracks,
                              mark

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                              • #30
                                Might consider welding curtain material, but if you want something smooth and flexible that will catch and extinguish sparks, maybe a good weight of smooth cotton canvas.

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