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James

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275 days ago

Can somebody experienced explain the concerns of fire hazard with dust collection? I’ve seen it mentioned a few times and I haven’t set up my system yet. I use it mainly for cleanup. My shop is expeditionary by nature. When I get out of the Marine Corps next year, we’ll move to Anchorage where the house I buy will have a dedicated woodworking space. Then, I’ll spend money on hard lines and whatnot. Gimme some pointers if you would.

Currently, I have a squirrel cage fan with a dust rite bag on it and a stand-alone shop vac. I’m not opposed to spending money on a different system or different components once I move and have a permanent shop.

-- James - Semper Fi


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PurpLev

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#1 posted 275 days ago

don’t worry about it… the amount of static electricity required for anything of that sort is not something to be found in the home shop.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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joeyinsouthaustin

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#2 posted 275 days ago

You can search the many threads on this topic for solutions if you want them… However I am +1 PurpLev on this. It is not dangerous until you reach the industrial scale, and even then we are talking big industrial… Just annoying. I found it annoying enough that I switched to 4” hose with integrated grounding wire, and ground my connections… That just doesn’t seem like it is gonna fit your econo modular shop right now.

-- Who is John Galt?

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James

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#3 posted 275 days ago

Grounding your hoses?

-- James - Semper Fi

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joeyinsouthaustin

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#4 posted 275 days ago

Yes.. The Hoses I buy are spun with a metal wire down them. Where the connections are made the wire is grounded to the machine, and dust collector, and across any of the plastic joints. This works ok in permanent set ups, but is a pain if you are moving hoses around all the time.

-- Who is John Galt?

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#5 posted 275 days ago

Not to get laughed off the block, but with my portable system, the static makes the dust cling to the outside of my Dust Deputy. No fire hazard, but I keep a few dryer sheets on my shopvac cart and give everything a rub down occasionally. I also keep a dryer sheet between the two buckets. Works for me.

I’ve also done this at work with equipment that was sensitive to static.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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joeyinsouthaustin

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#6 posted 275 days ago

Sandra I have heard of that one.. question is always floral, or summer rain? :)

-- Who is John Galt?

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crank49

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#7 posted 275 days ago

The smallest dust collector I ever blew up was a 5000cfm unit in a foundry pattern shop.
Can they blow? Yes!
In a small home shop?
Not likely.

-- Michael :-{| Diapers and politicians both need to be changed often; and for the same reason.

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TheDane

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#8 posted 275 days ago

Fire danger is pretty low … never heard of a home shop fire caused by not grounding the DC.

There is, however, a danger of static discharge damaging electronics (computer, digital instruments, etc.) in the shop.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Sandra

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#9 posted 274 days ago

joey – I prefer the Costco Chemist bouquet.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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