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Busting dust in a basement shop

First, reduce and capture dust
Orange sander on board
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Tools with dust-collection ports make
it easy to capture dust before it scatters
across the shop or becomes airborne.

First, reduce and capture dust

You can eliminate a lot of dust by adopting more hand-tool techniques. Planes, chisels, and scrapers create chips and shavings that clean up with a broom and dustpan, with zero chance of dust floating upstairs.

To capture dust from stationary and benchtop tools, connect a sufficiently sized dust collector outfitted with a filter that traps 1-micron particles with 99.9 percent or better efficiency. (Find articles with more information about this in More Resources on slide 8).

Handheld power tools, such as sanders, routers, and jigsaws, pose a bigger challenge. Whenever possible, choose a tool with a dust-collection port, photo right, and hook it to a shop vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter. (See What the heck are HEPA and MERV on slide 3.) These filters cost about three times more than disposable ones, but last up to five times longer. And as long as your vacuum has a good seal between the motor and tub, almost no dust ends up in the air.

Continued on page 2:  Air cleaners are big draws


Comments (2)
3-j wrote:

.3 is fraction of one micron, thus, it is correctly stated/written .3 micron, not microns.

3/20/2014 06:38:24 PM Report Abuse
Kerfer wrote:

There are risks with using an air gun to remove dust from yourself, possibly blowing something into your skin, or worse into your eye, potentially with some force. Use a vacuum instead.

12/16/2013 08:19:39 PM Report Abuse

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