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#1 posted 01-08-2018 02:15 AM

Interesting subject.

I have been woodworking now for 60 plus years making dust around gas water heaters and gas furnaces in a basement and I’m still here (knock on wood). I remember one time in the early 1970s when I was building a 50 ft. long main spar (in two 25 ft. sections) for a homebuilt sailplane. After laminating up a 25 ft. long section of spar and then cutting it to shape and hand planing it down, I finished up with a belt sander. I was wearing a good mask to deal with the dust. All was going well, but the dust had reached a point of being a thick hazy cloud in the shop. Then suddenly I thought about all of that dust and the water heater and furnace nearby. It scared me stiff! I quickly shut off the furnace and water heater and evacuated the house for a few hours to allow the dust to settle, then cleaned up. The wife was away while this happened. I never said anything about it, but ever since I am a lot more careful about allowing the sanding dust to accumulate. : )


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