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Forum topic by isptpr posted 12-19-2011 11:29 PM 1051 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2011 11:29 PM

Hey all,

I’ve got a large garage and I use the back portion for my shop. Dust control is an issue all the time so I’ve been toying with the idea of putting up some sort of barrier. Maybe just a plastic sheet that could be rolled up to the ceiling if I feel like it. Being in NW Illinois, the cold weather is an issue a few months every year. I’ve got a wall mounted heater back in my workspace and if I put up a barrier I’d like it to have one that would help keep some heat in. Are any of you familiar with anything I can use to form a good dust barrier, that will keep some heat in, that is also easily removable? I’d prefer not to break the bank on this either. Any thoughts are welcome. Thanks.

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#1 posted 12-20-2011 07:09 AM

I have a friend that has a similar setup, but he got some heavy duty curtains at a price he could not refuse and
mounted them in a track attached to the ceiling which he lowered so the curtains just touch the floor. He
also has a monster in the closet type dust collector that has a separator and efficient filters. He added a home
made overhead air filter and has not seen a bit of dust on his wife’s new Forester, so everyone is happy.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 12-27-2011 12:35 AM

I have subdivided my barn too. The woodshop is under a loft with a woodstove. I dropped an OSB wood baffle about two feet down from the loft and a small divider wall of barn tin next to the woodstove. This helped a lot but there was still a 14 by 7 foot hole. I hung a cable above the hole running off both sides of the opening, bought two heavy silver tarps at the local farm store and bent some #9 wire s-hooks to hold the tarp and slid on the cable. I used two so the curtain would split at the table saw and I could go in and out on both ends. This helps tremendously. The base shop is 24 by 20 feet and 81/2 feet tall. I had a medium fire in a 30 degree day and the shop was about 70 degrees. The baffle and tarps will come down with a few screws for summer.
I would have used insulated concrete tarps but I didn’t have any handy.
I anchored the top outside corner of each tarp so I could pull them closed without the ends being pulled open. Since one edge closes at a tin wall, I glued magnets to the edge of the tarp to hold it snug but let me just walk through with a touch of the hand. The other side joins a wood outside corner of another room. I just set two nails to keep the edge of the tarp close to the wall. I also doubled the number of gromets at the top edge for the s-hooks.
A hint on buying tarps to fit your opening. The size on the package is the raw cut piece of tarp before they fold the edges and add the grommets.
When I step out of the shop into the barn there is a huge temp change after the stove has been burning for awhile.
Shoot me a PM or I’ll mark this to watch if you want some pics. Hope this helps, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#3 posted 12-28-2011 03:41 PM

Good ideas guys. Thanks. Now I just need some time to sit down and figure out what will work best.

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