Ventilation question


January 30, 2010, 02:12 AM
I posted a week or so back about setting up a reloading operation in my recently "annexed" basement. I was wondering if any special consideration must be made as far as ventilation goes? It's a pretty large basement, roughly 36' x 36' square. There is one window on the opposing wall from the relaoding area.

Based upon this information (please let me nknow if more information is needed) do I need any special set up ventilation wise? Are there any parts of relaoding that are better left to doing outside given my basement work area?

FYI- there is no chance given teh way things are/will be set up to relocate the reloading operation under the window.

Thanks for your input and assistance.

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Steve C
January 30, 2010, 02:45 AM
If you are doing any lead casting then you should have a well ventilated work area, not necessarily because of the lead but to remove heat, smoke and fumes from fluxing, heating lube and melting scrap lead.

For general reloading ordinary ventilation you need in a regular room is all that's required. There should be nothing that puts lead or any other fumes in the air and most case lube doesn't have a noxious smell.

If you are cleaning guns using bore solvent you should do it in a well ventilated are due to the aromatic hydrocarbons released from the solvents.

Main thing when reloading and handling lead is to avoid ingestion of lead. Keep your fingers out of your mouth, nose and eyes before washing after handling bullets and other lead sources like spent primers. Don't eat or heaven forbid smoke when reloading.

January 30, 2010, 03:10 AM
No lead casting will be taking place. Were I to get into that someday that will be taken care of in the garage.

Excellent on the general reloading. I was worried there for a minute that the basement might not be the best place to set this up at.

Gotcha on the gun cleaning. Anytime I use and solvents of the like its in the garage with plenty of ventilation.

No eating and definitly no smoking while reloading.

Thanks very much for the information!

January 30, 2010, 10:37 AM
If you're tumbling brass you can generate dust; separating the media from the brass can put dust into the air.

I bought the RCBS Media Separator for exactly that reason--it has a lid. But since I've started using polish in my media, dust isn't a problem. And I do that in my basement.

January 30, 2010, 01:54 PM
Good point Mongoose33. I'll make sure to consider those two points when I begin purchasing equipment.

I'm glad you answered this. I was thinking about that very part of the process but forgot to include that in my orginial post.

January 30, 2010, 02:05 PM
As mentioned above, casting or tumbling with a ventilated tumbler, you want ventilation. One other consideration might include what your diet is, resulting in Oh a little wind...LOL.

Remember: Air movement during loading can cause problems with good scales (sensitive scales), as can flourescent lights.


January 30, 2010, 02:26 PM
I reload in my first floor bedroom that has been converted into an office/man cave. No special ventilation. However, all brass tumbling, etc., I do out in the garage.

January 30, 2010, 03:38 PM
I go outside for the few minutes it takes to dump the brass out of the tumbler and separate the brass from the media. It's healthier and keeps indoor work area clean.

January 30, 2010, 05:58 PM
Theere is nothing about reloading that produces any fumes and there's too little tumbling dust to be concerned about.

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