|Forum topic by peggyraye||posted 02-23-2010 03:22 PM||1206 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
02-23-2010 03:22 PM
I am in the 7th week of fighting a very bad respitory illness after not wearing my respirator while running some moldy-mildew laden pecan through my Delta Planer. It was just a few passes to see what the patterns would be and I got caught up in the beauty of the wood. Before I realized it; my surroundings were covered in sawdust and a haze of airbourne particles that ended with me in the hospital with pneumonia.
I learned this:
No respirator=no lungs, always plane outside (if you have a small workshop) and get a dust collection system of some kind. It should be up there on your list like the tablesaw.
Just because you know what planing is and what it does to your environment; don’t assume the folks at the ER do. If they had tested me for the spores along with the wood chunk I carried with me from the beginning, I would not have lost 2 months out of my shop. Finally a Corpsman at the base who does woodworking understood the connection and got me the care I needed. I get to keep my lungs this time but marathons are off my list for a while.
Thanks for giving me a place to share this lesson. Feels like it was worth learing if someone else doesn’t have to learn the way I did. Now…Let’s see what’s on Craigslist for Dust Collection and Filtration systems!! I have to go buy something; I Love this country!!