I have an enclosed shop and occasionally use various solvents to clean things. Usually, I just work outside and let the fumes dissipate into nature but that’s not an ideal solution. Then I found a fume hood for sale on one of the auction sites

It's a LabConCo 4880000 (manual) from the 2002-2006 timeframe. It came with a 4' soapstone table top (not shown) and a bottom cabinet. The glass, weights and counter top were intact and serviceable but the lower cabinet was in pretty bad shape, having spent its life holding corrosive chemicals.

This thing was in service at a NC sewage treatment plant for 10 years or so and then it sat around for about 18 months before I snagged it. This is another time when I wished I owned a truck. My Toyota RAV4 was far too small to take the assembled unit so I drilled out the rivets holding the thing together and tossed the pieces in the car. Further disassembly for transport required a good dust mask, rubber gloves, compressed air and plenty of ammonia-based cleaner. The sellers assured me the thing was safe.

Because I’m stupid, I didn’t take any pictures while taking the thing apart. That will bite me later, on re-assembly.

I'll update this article as I put the thing back together.  

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