|Project by Chris||posted 03-21-2009 03:22 AM||3194 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
My shop happens to include the oil furnace and oil water heater for the house, naturally located in the center of the wall and breaking up MY space. I guess it could have been worse and been in the center of the basement. Anyway, as this was pre dust collector and air cleaner, I wanted to keep chips and as much dust as possible from the boilers, and most importantly I didn’t want to drop anything into the mix.
So I built a frame to the ceiling that hangs down about 6 inches, sort of a really short stud wall that’s on the ceiling rather than the floor. I sheathed this in OSB, and added a cleat to the bottom edge. This frame sticks out 8’ from the wall, and is 8’ wide. From the cleat I hung 4×8 sheets of OSB from cleats on the top of the sheets. This makes a sort of removable wall system around the mechanicals, enclosing a space 8’ by 8’ around the them, and provides proper clearance to the burners. The first picture is of the closed space, the second is with one sheet of OSB taken down and shifted aside to access the boiler. The 4th picture shows the cleat detail. The panels hang to within a couple inches of the floor, and I stapled some heavy guage plastic (a clear carpet protector strip) that makes something of a dust seal.
The panels are connected to each other with blocks on the inside and big home-made thuimbscrews on the outside (pics 3, 5, and 6). i can get access to the systems in a couple of minutes. I installed a couple of furnace filters in the front two panels to make sure air (but not too much dust) gets to the burners.
It’s not perfect, but it didn’t cost much, it keeps the furnace area surprisingly clear of dust and debris, and I definitely don’t need to worry about dropping a big chunk of lumber into the burners. It’s completely removable for access as well.