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Dave G

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#1 posted 04-22-2013 09:05 AM

You would learn a lot by asking an HVAC guy for a quote on the complete ideal system. These involve quiet air handlers, like those used for central air, various barrier filters (think large furnace filters) and a fine filter system (HEPA or precipitator). Probably not for you but getting a free quote will get you access to an expert. Find an HVAC guy that specializes in DC.

This may be obvious: for your small space you will want to make sure you can completely isolate it with walls, doors – no cracks – while you work and collect dust in side of it. Vent and draw air from inside of it directly to the outdoors without going through the rest of the living space. You may be fine with a sealed off room and a small, quiet overhead air filter and leaving the door closed. Very cheap to try and probably want that equipment anyway.

In my basement I used cheap painters’ plastic to hang floor to ceiling drapes separating my shop area from my wife’s space and used one of these to catch what I could by circulation. It doesn’t work very well but keeps the dust confined to my space.

You may not solve your problem, but you may be able to contain it.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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