Beating the heat with a refrigerated space helmet


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#2

Keep on at it, you'll have a Fremen stillsuit before you know it. Just remember to tuck it into your boots.


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So how much does a positive pressure welding helmet go for these days? Are welders selling obsolete (and no longer code compliant) ones off for cheap?


#5

May cooler heads prevail.


#6

Any links to similar products? I'm not sure on the specs of what he's using there


#7

Hmmm, sounds good about now. The next step is going solid state with Peltier tiles sewn into an complete insulated suit.


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Hi Jerwin! i think I paid, like... sixty... bucks for it?
The Google juice is "3M W8000", which will show you a bunch of results on eBay. If I were looking for a helmet to do welding with, I would want of the new ones, but since I was looking for, you know, something to be Halloween-y with, I got one of the ones out of the "scratch and dent" section.


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Here we go!

  • 3m W8000 welding helmet
  • Generic five-gallon plastic bucket
  • Generic desk fan
  • Generic bag of ice
  • Generic styrofoam cooler
  • Plastic drain/bilge hose from the hardware store (I went with the white, because it looked more space-suit-y, but black is available too)

Everything EXCEPT for the helmet is totally standard trip-to-the-hardware-store stuff.


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With the electric fan, I get a slight, barely-noticable (but pleasant) icy breeze. It's not that exciting, though.

So I tried it with a shop-vac instead. Which generates a huge gust of air. It's like duct-taping a vacuum cleaner to your head. Because that's exactly what it is, I suppose!

Here's a Vine I took with my phone jammed inside my helmet, with the shop-vac going: https://vine.co/v/hmlbnVaADIg


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Except that shop vacs are so bloody loud...


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