We moved into this building about 10 years ago; it was badly neglected and really just had gotten past the previous owner. So, the plumbing was such a disaster that I hired a plumber. My uncle introduced me to this super-drunkard who went by the name of Tommy the Plumber. He was about 75 years old, big, giant Irishman, with a thick accent, and a gleam in his eye. I liked him immediately and hired him. Once he started working, I hated him. He got the job done – but did it ugly. I learned a tremendous amount from him, but did not like his work ethic. One of the things he did was buy all these fittings, used 75% of them, lost the receipts and left what he didn’t use at the house.
So, over the last 10 years, I have used just about all of the fittings here or there. One of them is a 90-degree mission coupling (boot) that I took the hose clamps off of and fit onto my table saw and shop vac. It’s not an ideal coupling, but it literally is the hinge pin of my dust collection system and always reminds me of Tommy.
I thought I had a decent system with the shop vac on the table saw, chop saw, and router table. That is until I watched Stumpy Nubs and read Bill Penze’s website:
This guy changed my mind about dust collection. He uses some good engineering to make his arguements for a heafty system and a proper cyclone. On line, I see a lot of lessor home made systems (all of which are way better than my Polock shop vac & old boot system), but it’s apparant they are not sucking up the fines the way they should.
I have been investigating a more proper system, but face a couple of bugetary constraints. I encourage anyone who values their health, incorporate a proper dust collection system into their shop. Hope ya like mine.
-- It's all in a day's work...