tip for blowing the dust from drilled holes

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Forum topic by HokieMojo posted 11-15-2010 06:48 PM 1534 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2010 06:48 PM

Maybe this isn’t the best tip, but maybe it will help a few of you. I was hanging some more lumber racks and needeed to attach them to my walls using lag screws that went through my drywall and into the studs. After drilling these large holes, I also needed to cut a recess for a large fender washer. The recess got all clogged with drywall dust and wood chips so I went to blow it out. Whenever I blow out the dust myself, I get covered in the dust myself.

My solution is to use the fan that ventilates my corded drill. It actually provides a good burst of air out the side of the drill. I just hold it up to the hole and turn it on for 1 second and everything is cleared out.

This isn’t rocket science, but maybe it will help someone else who overlooked an obvious solution.

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#1 posted 11-15-2010 11:09 PM

Sure would save time dragging out the air hose and washing out the eyes. Neat tip. Thanks

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#2 posted 11-15-2010 11:47 PM

I have one here for you and others
take one of those straws children use in sodapops that can bend
bend it 90 degree put the short end in the hole and blow
its cheap works every time in any materieal and clean the hole totely
with out geting the dust all over you

an other tip is to use a coffefilter and a piece of tape as a pocket right under the hole to
catch the dust coming out when you drill
or is to have the vacumclearner ready right under the hole you drill
you can even buy handpowerdrills with a vacum cleaner build in

hope this can help

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#3 posted 11-16-2010 06:59 PM

I think I heard of using a turkey baster. Haven’t tried it, but sounds like it would work.

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