Dust Control #1: Ideas for containing dust

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Blog entry by TwoThumbBruce posted 01-01-2018 01:15 PM 1275 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m going to be building a workshop in my third car garage, and need a better way to control the dust so that it does not waft to the 1st and 2nd garage and incur the wrath of The Wife. I’m thinking of temporary or removable plastic walls, but don’t want to reinvent the wheel. Ideas?

-- Bruce, Florida

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#1 posted 01-01-2018 01:32 PM

When we lived in a house with a 3-car garage I tried that approach. It never quite worked out so I finally gave up and built a wall between the shop area and the rest of the garage. A side benefit was the extra outlets and wall space.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 01-01-2018 01:45 PM

I’m facing the same problem, saw some canvas painters drop cloths at harbor freight and thought I could affix them barn door style to ceiling as a divider wall/barricade/ where they could be slid back and to.

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#3 posted 01-04-2018 03:14 PM

Hi. Hints from my indoor experience that might fit your situation. Dust control is about air flow in the large space and at the tools. I have been in my basement shops and kept them clean and less dust in my lungs also. A box fan and furnace filter at the tool or now I run one along the wall all the time and you would be surprised how dirty the filter is each month. air thru the filter and to the fan even on low. next when I sand with the random sander or rout I put a 3 sided poster display board up to corner the dust in one area then keep the shop vac or dust hose running near the table..again air flow in the right place. I have used 3 inch pvc sewer drain ...low cost…and either a shop vac or dust collector as the main piping along the wall then hoses to each tool for tool collection of dust. make the gates…its not hard. for a space saving idea on this look up utube Carl Holgren and his shop with a box type unit for dust along the wall. Hoses are costly but look around. Can you open the garage door a few feet and blow the dust out while you work or is AC loss a problem.? here in PA heat loss is a problem. I put the shop vac hose on exhaust and blow out the shop when I can like spring cleaning about every so often very surprising how much dust lays around. the curtains idea is good. add some weights to keep them in place or retract them. every shop has its own story, good luck writing yours ..Enjoy making something.

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#4 posted 01-04-2018 03:34 PM

Thanks, OldGuy2, and the rest of you who had ideas. I knew of most of them, but there’s always a new twist that makes things much more effective. The three-sided trick gives us a lot of ideas, some that may work, some … not so much. I’m going to try a lot of things but my biggest problem is that my wife parks her car right next to my workshop…. I guess that’s motivation!

-- Bruce, Florida

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