| >I have my workshop set up in the same basement room as the gas
| >Because of the presence of gas, I'm curious about the safety
| >certain things in there. Mainly I'm thinking about running
| >such as drills, etc. Is there a danger to doing that? What
type of things
| >should I avoid, if any?
| It is very safe. The only activity to be concerned about is
| painting, thinners, etc. The tools won't do anything to cause
| Sawdust is a concern though. It will clog filters fast. If you
| table saws, routers, planers, dust collection is a must.
When I lived in Chgo I put a "closet" around the furnace and
added lots of air intake room, covered with screen underneath
louvres. Louvres caught a lot, the screen the rest. Eventually
I put three furnace filters behind the screens and removed the
top of the closet, replacign it with furnace filters too, and it
worked very well. But ... you HAVE to be POSITIVE you don't
restrict air supply to the furnace to insure the fumes go up the
chimney properly. If you're lucky, t here is a plate inside
somewhere that will give the sq. ft of air entry required. Oh,
and inspect the furnace often for dust collection. Google has
lots of hits for this kind of thing.