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Posted on Need help figuring out a soultion to dust in my basement

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#1 posted 02-09-2017 09:03 PM

The first thing I did in my basement shop was build a wall between my shop and the rest of the basement. I used 2/4’s at around 24” on center and used cheap 3/8” construction grade plywood to sheath the outside. I used spray-foam insulation to seal all the cracks. Then I made sure every HVAC duct in the shop portion of the basement was well sealed. I don’t have any registers or returns in the shop, so it is isolated from the house HVAC. With all that, I don’t have any sawdust in the other part of the basement or in the rest of the house. (I also have small kids and it keeps them out.) Something to think about if you want to contain the sawdust in your shop area.

I started off using a PM dust collector (with upgraded filter) that I rolled to each tool, as well as an overhead air cleaner. That worked pretty well. I think you’ll be good with moving the hose from tool to tool. I would look into the micron rating of the bag/filter on the dust collector your considering, if it’s too coarse it will just blow the finest particles, which are the worst health wise, back into the air. For your tablesaw, I would recommend trying to catch the sawdust and funnel it to the dust collection hose, rather than rely on the bag.

A few years later my Wife, who’s a Doc, talked to a pulmonologist colleague who scared the hell out of her with how bad fine wood dust can be. After that I got a 5hp cyclone and hard-piped dust system.

With that, I still wear a respirator on occasion, usually when I’d doing a lot of sanding.

-- John


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