0
$\begingroup$

How would I set up a home lab at home. I want to study chemicals and I have been given a medium-sized(6ft by 3ft) space in the garage.

$\endgroup$

closed as too broad by bon, Wildcat, Loong, Todd Minehardt, jonsca Jul 17 '16 at 22:11

Please edit the question to limit it to a specific problem with enough detail to identify an adequate answer. Avoid asking multiple distinct questions at once. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • 3
    $\begingroup$ I want to study chemicals is incredibly vague. This sounds like you have no real idea what you are doing and is therefore dangerous. $\endgroup$ – bon Jul 17 '16 at 17:49
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ Given the 'I study chemicals' I think its fair to say you probably dont have much knowledge yet. I'd build up some theory before going straight in and setting up a lab. Not only are you likely to seriously injure yourself (not to mention others around you), but your actions are also quite possibly illegal in many countries/states. $\endgroup$ – NotEvans. Jul 17 '16 at 18:04
  • $\begingroup$ You should edit in the details of what exactly you want to do. $\endgroup$ – Mithoron Jul 17 '16 at 20:05
  • $\begingroup$ Your question instantly made me think of this book: chemistry.about.com/b/2008/08/05/… $\endgroup$ – Theoden Jul 17 '16 at 21:53
  • $\begingroup$ I have read that book. I just wanted a "second opinion". $\endgroup$ – Arvin Singh Jul 17 '16 at 23:38
4
$\begingroup$

You will be better off if you join a real lab. Researchers can help you get started in a safe manner. Chemistry experiments killed many professionals. Here is a list of things you would need.

A chemistry lab needs at least this:
Hood with 650 cubic feet per minute air flow. You CANNOT make it with a small pump.
Water.
Chemistry waste disposal. Flushing it down the drain is not a good approach.
Freezer and fridge for chemicals only.
Fire extinguisher.
Rotovap. Basic one costs 5000 dollars.
Source of vacuum.
Glassware.
Emergency shower.
Analytical instruments. NMR costs 100 000 dollars to buy, plus you will need to refill liquid helium once in a while. You can also ask chemistry department to run you samples for 10-20 dollars per piece.

Lab rules strictly prohibit working alone. In case of emergency someone should be around to save you.

Bottom line: you will poison yourself without a hood and set garage on fire. Find a university professor and ask to join their lab. If you show decent knowledge of chemistry they might agree to help you.

$\endgroup$
  • 3
    $\begingroup$ Feel free to comment your downvotes. $\endgroup$ – sixtytrees Jul 17 '16 at 18:33
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ I'm going to be working with basic chemicals like copper sulfate. $\endgroup$ – Arvin Singh Jul 17 '16 at 19:01
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ I really doubt anyone would NMR in an amateur lab... $\endgroup$ – Mithoron Jul 17 '16 at 20:04
  • $\begingroup$ You will need a hood. You will need a place to wash your glassware. Copper sulfate (2 g per human, 30 mg/kg) is roughly as poisonous as arsenic acid (15 mg/kg, 1 g per human). Organic solvents create a fire hazard. Fumes of HCl, chlorine, bromine, are deadly when inhaled. I would strongly recommend to find a summer camp to learn chemistry. $\endgroup$ – sixtytrees Jul 17 '16 at 21:25
  • $\begingroup$ If you google rotovap you will find that they start a lot cheaper than $5000. $\endgroup$ – Technetium Jul 18 '16 at 8:24

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.