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Old 12-30-2012, 06:38 PM
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I have 8 feet of base cabinets and 6 feet of wall cabinets. I bought unfinished cabinets, and sanded them down, getting ready to varnish them, as it is very cold in Seattle.
I glanced over to my left of the cabinets (about 4 inches away) , and noticed a signed about flamable liquids, etc warnings for my brand new gas water heater in my brand new home.
I was planning on staining with a poly finish (all in one) but now am totally freaked out. I can't possibly lift the cabinets.
I have a side garage door three feet to the right of all my cabinets, and a double door garage door on the opposite end of the garage.
What do I do?
Do I move my car out of the garage?

If you all are talking about storing gasoline or paint in the garage, why would they even let my car park in the garage? Am I going to blow myself up? I need advice, as I am a single gal, and should've stuck to the cooking, but this project was irrestable. I bought a beautiful mohagony stain too. What to do?
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Dont varnish at all. Varnish is garbage.
Use a premier urethane , if you must, and use the sponge brushes not the bristle brushes.
Do it in the garage, or your house will be so toxic you will develop migranes. Its very unhealthy. You cant apply it in a cold climate,you need to heat the garage. AND you cant use a gas furnace or electric portable heaterbecause of sparks and volatility of the fumes. If your garage has hot water baseboard heat your good to go.
You could heat it with oil filled portable heaters, and then unplug them and apply the finish after the garage is warmed up good.
You could spray it on, it would be faster and turn out better. Respirator equiptment is needed here.
Probably should call a reputable builder in your area and see if you can get the number for a good cabinet maker so he can spray them. He may use a cyanoacralate type finish (very nice finish, but potentially fatal if not apllied with the right respiration and safety equiptment being worn)
Dont kid yourself, not dissin you cause you are a girl (I like girls )
I just dont want you to get into quicksand and wind up in the hospital or worse.
I am in the middle of installing cabinets at my house at the mment. Ibought mine prefinished, all they need is installed. I didnt want to hassle with the fumes and the process of applying the finish coats.
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Your new house should have the water heater up off the floor by code regulations, around here I think it is that the burner is supposed to be 18 inches from the floor. New cars have a fuel evaporative system to prevent smog that should keep all the fumes contained and recycle them back into your engine when you are driving. . Gasoline fumes are heavier than air and settle on the floor. I built new cabinets and my wife did the finish work. she first used a wood conditioner so she could get an good consistant stain, then a poly finish. I had them in the living room, before we installed new flooring.
She did them in the daytime. when it was warmer, It took a couple days for them to dry at 60*.
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Could always shut the water heater off.........Why the heck is the water heater in the garage anyways?.....up here it would freeze
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yea it's cold.

In warmer places the water heater and washer-dryer were put into the garage, more expensive homes got a laundry room. I know what cold is, a few years ago, for one week the warmest it got was 40* F below zero, West of yellowstone It froze cattle to death standing up. The pioneers told of finding a lot of buffalo bones, The Indians said they all froze .
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Whenever I am forced to put fumes where I don't want them then I usually try and put a fan in such a place that it acts as an exhaust fan and puts the fumes outside where they can't do any harm. Your situation may not provide you that opportunity but maybe you could improvise somehow.

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finish work and fumes

What you need to do, to be safe, is raise up the garage doors, about 4 to 6 inches. Place a box fan on the floor in front of one, to exhaust the room. This will create a draft, pulling in good air and expelling the bad air.
BUT FIRST, get your self a respirator at Home Depot or Lowes (probably around $35.00). Then, warm up your space quite well, and then turn off the heat source as well as the h2o heater. Minwax finish should work well, and, as someone else mentioned, a sponge brush is best. Make sure that you have sanded in the direction of the grain first, too. Finish cannot adhear to sharp edges! Good luck! I bet it will come out great!
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I should have added: sand with 220 first, tack or vacumm,stain, let dry, then finish. When completely dry, sand again, this time with 320, and apply a second coat. It will be satiny smooth!
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