I was going to agree but then I remembered that none of my light
fixtures or light switches or electrical outlets are explosion proof.
So, I guess I wouldn't wory about it although I do not think I would
because of other reasons. All those solvent fumes can't be good for
all the little contacts and exposed boards, wires, circuits, etc..
Wonder how hot a monitor gets?
You do not want sawdust accumulating in your monitor.
They do get fairly hot, AND there are big voltages to be found there.
Further, dust accumulation will increase heat.
Additionally, the number one cause of monitor failure is cracked solder
joints, because manufacturers can not solder monitors correctly (it would
drive the cost up). These cracked, or weakened joints, can produce very
high heat, sparks, and outright fire. Combine that with some MDF dust, and
you have real fun.
On Sat, 17 Jan 2004 18:11:52 GMT, "effinperfectionist"
If you don't have a compressor then buy compressed air in a can.
The big cans are about $5 at your local TV repair shop and last months.
I use it once or twice a week.
I've had a computer in my shop for years.
17inch monitor for the last year with no cover at all.
Cordless Logitech keyboard wrapped in Handiwrap. 5 years old.
Plain old ball mouse also cordless. I have the mouse pad in a big glad freezer
bag. I just stick my hand in the bag to use the mouse.
I have zero problems and the computer runs 24/7.
I'd say go for a rack-mounted industrial chassis. Last time I looked,
JDR had them at a fairly reasonable price. I've used similar in an
aluminum rolling mill and smelter. Of course, there was so much
electricity used in the smelter that we had to put the whole thing in a
Faraday cage :-).
Greetings and Salutations.
Many interesting suggestions here, so I thought
I would toss in one more. Consider picking up a tablet
computer. slightly older models are pretty inexpensive,
and, most of them will live happily in a dusty environment
without complaint. It is also possible to get them
"hardened" and designed for use in an industrial
environment, which, I suspect, is harder on them
than ANY home shop would be.
There was a thread about this a year or so ago. Wireless could be
nice. Might want to secure it a bit so neighboors don't use it as a
way to hack your system or as their hot spot to hijack your internet
connection if it is a good one.
I ran rj45 in conduit along with phone wiring to my garage. PVC
conduit is relatively cheap.
As far as protecting it, cleaning it out with low pressure air on a
regular schedual does the trick for me. I wouldn't plan on using a
floppy drive unless you run a cleaner through it. Haven't had
problems with cd drive.
I wouldn't put it on the same circuit with a tool that tends to drag
down the 110v line too much either. Small ups if you can't avoid it
would be good.
Just do a bit of dusting and cleaning on a aggressive schedule until
you know your situation and you will be fine.
Whiskey Echo Sierra Sierra AT Gee Tee EYE EYE dot COM
Shouldn't be too much of a problem. I might cover the intake fan with
a foam pad or something to keep the big pieces out. I used to work on
machines that sat in the factory floor. It would be 100+ degrees in
the summer, and cold in the winter didn't seem to bother them. Aside
from that evertime I would open one up it would be covered in dust and
metal filings, (and the occasional oil) and it didn't seem to phase
them at all. More often the network cards would fail before the
machines. Wireless has a pretty limited range, and needs to
properly secured. Basically it's a 2.4 GZ signal just like a cordless
phone, subject to all the same problems (including incompatibility
with each other). If you do wireless make sure you restrict the it
just the MAC addresses of your computers, or get real certificates and
use that for authentication onto the network. By and a large a good
deal of the cheap wireless hubs are very insecure (some can't be
secured at all). I just have cat 5 cables, and lots of holes in my
floors/walls where I ran my wires for the machines/games/etc. I
don't have one in the shop since I go there to get away from them. If
i were going to have one, I think i might go to one of the local
(used) computer stores and by an old laptop, they are very cheap now
which make it pretty portable and easy to manage. (then I might by a
wireless card for it)
email@example.com wrote in message wrote:
I'm sure there are people that could figure out how to steal my internet
connection, but not most neighbors. My wireless network needs a network
name and an 8 digit code I assign to the network. I have to type in the
code on all my computers. Again, I'm sure there are people that could
easily crack this, but not most people. Plus, the wireless network has a
limited range so it wouldn't reach most neighbors, maybe even none of them.
I'm not worried about it.
One idea that isn't used much for networking these days, but could probably
work in this situation, is infra-red.
You would have to buy a transmitter/receiver pair, but I don't think they
would be that expensive. As long as you have line of sight, you should be
fine. I suppose someone could pop into your yard and jump into your
network, but I don't think there are that many infra-red wardrivers out
Also, for the Keyboard, there is a company that makes overlays for most
brands. Oh, and get a wireless mouse for obvious reasons. the computer case
could pretty much be sealed into a box with some filter padding. Not sure
exactly what you could do about the monitor, though.
I did the same with an extra computer. I have it connected to my main
computer via a wireless hub/modem/thingy. I don't worry about dust since it
was an extra computer anyway. So far I haven't had any problem with it
after 5-6 months. I did buy a flat monitor for $180 at Best Buy to replace
the big monitor I had. That way the monitor sits flush against the wall at
the end of my workbench. When I think about it I'll pick up a wireless
keyboard and mouse.
I like it because I have two main computers and two teenagers so this gives
me a dedicated machine for myself. It's also nice if I want to look at
projects, jigs, pictures, etc in my shop.
If it's an extra I'd vote to put it in your shop. Now, if you had to go
spend $500 to buy one for out there I'd suggest there might be better uses
of the money unless you do project drawings on it then I'd think you might
want one even if you had to go buy it. In your case it's a no-brainer.
Larry C in Auburn, WA
"Jim Laumann" < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
I put a "spare" in my basement shop 3 years ago, plus a printer a
neighbor gave me for installing his wireless router...
Great idea! I can look up something, print it if i need to, check
I used an old indestructable IBM keyboard, wrapped it in plastic wrap,
the monitor has a loose cardboard box built around it on the top,
side, & back to reduce dust infiltration, and the CPU box is inside
the small cabinet that the other parts sit on.
The printer sits nearby uncovered (need to correct that). It's full of
dust, I vacuum it before printing anything.
I stuck a cheap PCI wireless card in it, which links to my wireless
router in the 2nd floor office, I get more than enough signal strength
and access speed for anything I do in the shop.
I don't normally keep a computer in the shop but I hardwired a port from
my router to the shop. If I need access to the internet from the shop I
use my laptop.
Buffalo, NY - USA
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On Wed, 07 Jan 2004 06:47:18 +0000, Jim Laumann wrote:
Decide if you want to play on the computer or do woodworking. Dust, dirt
and grime do not make a computer happy. Unless you are using it for
process control, it is better off kept in a clean working environment.
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