Thanks for all of the great responses!?
Allison - thanks for the tip on the airtight boxes!? I’m already
looking at the horizontal outdoor storage sheds from Rubbermaid. I’m
not sure if they’re airtight but I think they’ll work well. That way
I’ll probably be able to get away with keeping most (if not all) of
my tools locked up and safe outside (rather than having to cart
everything inside every day!).
Bill/Michael - I know I was little vague by just saying it’s because
of “how my house is set up.”? It’s really a landlord issue. My
family owns a side-by-side ranch and I rent half of the house. While
it’s possible that I may be able to convince them one day to allow
me to solder and cast in the basement, they’re really uncomfortable
with it because of the ventilation system I’d need. When I purchase
my own home, I’ll definitely make sure that I can set up a complete
Vera - You’re right that it’s probably colder here in Wisconsin!?
We’ve been known to get into the negative temps. Anyway, that sounds
like you have a great set-up. I plan on using a paved area next to
my garage that was meant for an extra parking spot. I’ll be able to
easily fit a 10x10 canopy and have some extra space for in the
future. I’m definitely planning on getting a canopy with 1-3
walls?so that?I don’t?have to deal with wind.
Marilyn - I thought of going with oxy/propane because that’s what
I’ve used in the classes I’ve taken…I’m open to other options
Do any of you think there would there be any complications keeping
an acetylene torch outdoors?? Is the process of working with it much
different than working with propane?? And what about the “propane
gas bottle” idea?? Would that be a good idea or should I stick to
the more traditional options??
I’m sorry I have so many questions but I thank you for your help and
patience!? Also, thanks to those who contacted me off-list
(especially Lee with his great outdoor workshop pictures!).