|Forum topic by BinghamtonEd||posted 09-15-2015 05:24 PM||528 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
09-15-2015 05:24 PM
So I just finished putting the final coat of Arm-R-Seal on a table I made. It was 6 wiped on coats over the coarse of 4 days. I finish in the garage, which, in our split-entry, is located right next to the laundry room. A few days ago, my wife makes the comment that the clothes coming out of the dryer have a weird smell to them. Sure enough, they have a faint smell of burnt camping fuel. I step outside where the dryer vents, I smell it there, too. I open up the dryer as its running, and it smells strongly in there. Not having time to tear the dryer apart, I unplug it, and we stop using it for the time being.
Doing my research, one of the things that comes up time and time again, is that dryers (gas and electric), can produce a kerosene-like smell when run in an environment where oil-based varnishes and paints have recently been used. Apparently, this is a fairly common thing. As the dryer exhausts through the vent, it pulls in fresh air. When the air has vapor from oil-based finishes in it, and hits the heating element, it burns off. Our garage wall has a hole in it that the dryer vent comes through from the laundry room, and runs to the back, out through the garage wall.
So, we’ll air out the house/garage, and monitor it, and see what happens over a few days. I wear a respirator when finishing, and the smell never carries over into our living area, so I had no clue that this could even happen.
Anybody else experience something like this?
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