Dust Collection #2: Dust Collection #2

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Blog entry by Roger posted 01-23-2017 01:22 AM 2866 reads 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The saga of dust collection continues.
Here is a pic of my HF dc before:

And here is the same HF dc today:

Because I’ve noticed some reactions to that nasty stuff called dust, I’ve been trying to do what I can to help myself and my lungs live a while longer. Being retired, and on a fixed income, I’m doing it on my once a month payday.. Trying to get the best bang for my buck I guess. Anyhoo, here are a few more pics of piping my shop w/4” pvc. Questions, suggestions, comments, good/bad/ugly, will be appreciated. Thnx for stopping in. Let’s all breath better.

Because the 4” blast gates (I had 5, then added 8 more, and have 2 extras—-got them from Rockler on sale for $7.49each).........don’t fit the pvc very well, I opted to use this method of using tape. Actually 9 times around with the tape, then the pvc fit nice and snug plus I added 2 small 1/4” hex head screws to be sure it was tight.

I also added a plexi glass window in my 30 gal can so it would easier to see when it needs emptied:

I use this old and heavy iron that I found at a flea market as a weight when I need something stout:

I now have a “Kracken” who eats the heck out my dust: Thnx to my loverly wifee and her painting skills:

Like most of ya’ll, I’ll continue to “update” this dust control situation. I know my new Grizzly 1023 could use a lot of help.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#1 posted 01-23-2017 01:52 AM

Nice job,

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 01-23-2017 01:56 AM

Nice plumbing job! Wish I had higher ceilings but my hoses are on the floor.

I really like that “window”! May have to “borrow” that idea!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 01-23-2017 02:46 AM

Pretty cool Roger, you’ve done a great job.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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Tom Regnier

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#4 posted 01-23-2017 03:26 AM

Nice set up Roger. I’m still at the dust mask and shop vac stage in my shop so I’m sure your efforts will be an improvement.

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#5 posted 01-23-2017 04:02 AM

Some good innovation there Roger

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 01-23-2017 04:37 AM

Very nice. And inspiring. I need to improve upon my dust collecting system. I am using a large shop vac that works great on the table saw and router table but the dust escapes my other machines.


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#7 posted 01-23-2017 05:18 AM

Nice improvements Roger and it should take of the dust a lot better .
I ran across a nice video on how to reduce or enlarge PVC pipe on YOU TUBE it may interest you .


-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 01-23-2017 06:06 AM

Very good, Roger…

Maybe good old fashioned Duct Tape would work better? :)

You’re making good progress!


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#9 posted 01-23-2017 09:28 AM

Since no one else has said it yet, and someone has to: “The whole thing sucks!” Seriously Roger, great improvements that will pay wonderful dividends. Well done.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#10 posted 01-23-2017 09:59 AM

On the gates… heat the pvc up with a blowtorch and insert the gate. When it cools it will shrink around the gate and you won’t be able to remove it. Very tight. The pvc might have a little brown or black on it but it is easily sanded off.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#11 posted 01-23-2017 11:35 AM

Way to go, Roger! We kinda like having you around!

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 01-23-2017 12:03 PM

Roger, that set up looks great, are you a retired plumber ?

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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woodshaver Tony C

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#13 posted 01-23-2017 12:08 PM

You are a man on a mission Roger! Everyone should know the danger of wood dust. Some wood dust is worse than others. I hope you get this project finished soon so that nasty air born dust is put in a place that wont’ hurt you. I have had my share of respiration issues with dust and it’s definitely not fun!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#14 posted 01-23-2017 04:03 PM

Gad zooks, Roger, that’s some off the wall plumbing.

I like CraftsmanOTL suggestion of using a blow torch. I wonder if a first class heat gun might do the trick as well.

I have an old Sears heat gun that never put out enough heat, but it got used a lot for heat shrink tubing over the years, and it is always plugged in and handy. But I bought a heavy duty heat gun later to remove paint, and it was the real deal.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#15 posted 01-23-2017 05:22 PM

Awesome, wanna come over and install mine? Whenever iget around to getting the hf collector

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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