"Tight as a drum" dust collector
My dust collector grabs woodworking debris like there's no tomorrow, but after emptying the bag, I always had a hard time getting the band clamps tight enough. They let dust puff out from puckers in the bag material by the bands. I solved the dusty problem by applying high-density weather-stripping tape (1/4" thick x 1/2" wide) around the steel rims of the dust collector, as shown. To apply the weather stripping, remove the bags and bands and wipe the rim clean with alcohol. Let the rim dry and apply the stripping. —Richard Pinks, Gainesville, Fla.