New Woodworker Workshop Setup #5: Today I learned an important lesson.

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Blog entry by PocketHole69 posted 08-03-2010 03:13 AM 1699 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I learned an important lesson: The dust collector remote will fit right through the dust collector cleanup nozzle.

I just finished routing some dados and was cleaning up, using the “shopvac” nozzle on my dust collector hose to suck up the stray dust around the router table. I heard something solid go in and didn’t think anything of it (I’ve sucked up a stray screw or brad before, it makes a neat tink noise going through the blower) but then when I looked for the remote I couldn’t find it.

I put two and two together, realized that thing bouncing it’s way along the collector line toward the impeller was my remote, and sprinted across the garage to hit the power switch on the collector.

It was sitting in the elbow about 3” from the impeller intake.

I think I’ll keep it in my pocket from now on.

-- Jason, Atlanta, GA

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#1 posted 08-03-2010 03:27 AM

Jason –
Good catch! I hook my remote to a belt loop if I have one. Otherwise, it goes in my pocket.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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Mark Shymanski

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#2 posted 08-03-2010 04:09 AM

I had kind of the opposite problem, had something tink tinking in the fan and couldn’t get it out…so I took off the hose on the discharge side of the fan and turned it on, (figured I’d just blow whatever it was out of the fan).....without looking what was above…well the screw or knot or whatever it was came rocketing up out of the fan twanged into the metal of the fixture between the fluorescent tubes and went ricocheting off somewhere. Both tubes of the fixture survived my dumb move LOL! and I learned to be a lot more careful with my dust collector.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 08-03-2010 04:24 AM

I super glued a 1 by 2 inch magnet to the back of my remote. i can move it from place to place, even plunking it on one of the steel columns I have to cope with in my basement shop. If it is on one of the steel tables, it wont get lost, rather conveniently when cleaning up, “it”s in the way” We all “live and learn” Or as my mom used to say, “these are the things that make us grow”!

-- Bill, Michigan "People don't come preassebled, but are glued together by life"

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#4 posted 08-03-2010 04:27 AM

I once put a remote through the washing machine along with the sweatshirt I’d been wearing. I double-side taped down a replacement near each machine.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 08-03-2010 08:56 AM

lol I think everybody had tryed that over the years :-)
but look at the bright side , now you get exesited more says the drillsargent


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#6 posted 08-03-2010 10:00 AM

I don’t have a dust collector, but when I get one, I will remember this story. Thanks. I am sure you have just saved me some headache in the future.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#7 posted 08-03-2010 04:09 PM

Thanks for the lesson and for a little chuck on your behalf.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#8 posted 08-06-2010 01:05 AM

Your wife told you to keep in in your pants and now you know why. MR FANCY woodworker sorry just a little jealous


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