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05-29-2011 04:29 AM

Topic tags/keywords: shop cleanliness dust prevention question

I have a DC and air filter which I use all the time. Still, dust gets through the door to the stairs leading up to the living quarters and I’m getting tired of my wife telling me that the dust that collects on the stairs makes it hard for her to breath. I believe that it does so I’m in need of some suggestions on how to seal the door frame to keep the dust from migrating.


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#1 posted 05-29-2011 04:54 AM

Have you tried weather stripping? It keeps cold air out so it should keep the dust in. The other thing you may want to try is to create a lower pressure zone in your shop so that clean air is flowing in to it instead of dusty air flowing out. It may be as simple as putting a fan in the window blowing out.

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#2 posted 05-29-2011 05:11 AM


I run an in-window fan, set on exhaust, while I’m in the shop.

Negative pressure helps a lot—particularly when the door to the stairs is opened.

If you have POSITIVE pressure, then … when you open that door … it will push the dust through the door > ticked off wife.

I do this in addition to using my DC and either or both of my air filtration units.

The only dust I get on the stairs is what I TRACK up the stairs from my feet or clothes, and … I try to keep that to a minimum, too.

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#3 posted 05-29-2011 04:20 PM

Negative pressure is the way to go but a word of caution- it sounds like your shop is in the basement, as is mine.

I built an exhaust fan, from an old furnace blower, and placed it in a basement window. It works great in keeping dust from migrating upstairs. HOWEVER- in the winter, it worked equally great at pulling furnace exhaust fumes into the shop. You have to supply enough “fresh” air to avoid this situation. I open another basement window in the summer and turn down the thermostat in the winter.

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#4 posted 05-30-2011 01:31 AM

I think weather stripping will fit in the jamb and maybe one of those rubber edged things that fits on the bottom of doors are next on the list.
Yep. Shop is in the basement and I have double doors and ample windows for exhaust.


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