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Well I finally made up my mind and did something about it.

When I first built my shop I envisioned putting my dust collector in a small building against
one outside wall of my shop. Then after going through a summer here in Texas without being
able to go into the shop due to the heat and humidity I have decided not again.

Next year I will have air conditioning. My concern is dust plugging it up. That was one of the reasons
to put the dust collector outside. Now I realize that that will just suck all my cold air outside.

So in one corner of my shop I have build a small room just for the dust collector. It's 40" x 35"
and 8 feet high. The room is sealed tight except for an opening covered by a filter. I settled on
a lifetime electrostatic filter that you can just take out and clean with a hose.

Putting it inside also saved a lot of money. It doesn't have to be weather proof. Just some drywall,
2×4's, a pre-hung door, and the filter. Total cost was just under $100 and under 12 square feet of
floor space.

When I install the AC unit I will probably cover the intake and use another one of these filters.

It's nice and quiet in the shop now also.

Gallery

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Nice fix to an annoying problem. Do you have a remote turn on? I bought one for my DC, but have not installed it yet. I have one of the Delta 650 cfm collectors now, I move it up from tool to tool, but I have just about made up my mind to go with a larger DC and hook up all of the machines to it.
 

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Looks good, Gary. I'm still using my old system based on a large shop vac and a cyclone top on a 50 gal. barrel. It works but I need more capacity. If you guys keep telling me about how your systems work, I'll pretty soon have a lot better idea of what I want. Thanks
 

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You have a great solution here. You are right about sucking the conditioned air out of the shop be it hot or cold. If you place it outside, the vacuum it pulls on the shop environment will pull exhaust from a furnace or hot water tank back into the room. To keep a pressure balance the it would have to be blowing back into the shop. By your design you keep the balance.
 

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Hey you can't put sheetrock up on studs and show us all up like that! Lol
Great idea. I get annoyed by the noise of my non enclosed similar dust collector.
 

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Good for you, Gary! That A/C sure will be nice next summer ;^D
 

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Nice setup, Gary. I want one!
 

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Great idea Gary!
 

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Bill - Yes I have a "Long Ranger" I have had it for about 5 years now and it works great.

Thos. Angle - I started out with a shop-vac, but the noise was WAY too much for me.
 

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Gary,
I think you're on the right track here; however, I'm a bit concerned about the amount of dust that is escaping the bags as shown in photo 3. You need to make sure that the filtration in the wall allows adequate air flow, or the ability of the collector to move air will be reduced. Regular cleaning of the wall filter will be necessary.
I think one of these would be very helpful: Filter Sentry
 

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Myron - I know what you mean about the super fine dust escaping from the bags. That is why I
got the elecrtostatic filter. It can get out mold spores and pollen, so I figure that it can get that dust.

There is 10 times the area leaving the room versus the 4" hole entering, so flow should work until that
filter is really plugged up.

I plan on making it a daily thing to clean out the filter though.

Nice little gadget in the link. My Delta air filter has one. Maybe I'll make one for the Dust collector room.

Thanks
 

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Gary - I agree your setup should work.
 

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Hi, Gary.

It's somewhat ironical that what motivated you to install a dust extractor is your concern for a clogged air conditioner. What about your lungs? If the dust can clog an air conditioning filter, just imagine what its been doint to your lungs.

I too am concerned about the dust leakage. Get one of these.

To go here.

The are rated to filter particles down to 3 microns.

However, you will still need one of these.


And one of these.


You are still a young man. A lifetime of breathing dust cannot be a good thing.
 

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That's kind of where I was heading, Don. The sad fact is that the bag type dust collectors are really chip collectors and dust pumps. All of that superfine dust goes right through the bag and is launched into the air we breathe.
I have a ClearVue Cyclone in my shop, as does CalGirl. I can't say enough good things about it.
 

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Don - I already do have a big air filter hanging from the ceiling, and when I do something very dusty I wear
a respriator.

An air conditioner will draw all the air in the room right into it like a magnet, whereas my intake of air is minimal compared to it. The hair in your nose also makes an excellent filter for everything else that's missed.

In my shop in California the dust collector was outside so it took all the dust outside. I had planned on doing the same thing here in Texas, but as stated in my initial post, I decided I would need an AC, so I needed to accomodate it, rather than sucking all the conditioned air outside.

So my motivation was to solve the problem of dust in the air both for my lungs and the AC.
 

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great idea Gary. We gotta do what we can to keep our lungs and shops clean for our health and the little ones that occasionally walk in. mike
 

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a good point about the clogged filters and our clogged lungs….
 

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It's good to have a good fine particle filter on the DC's, for sure. I have an overhead filter and it's always plugged up even though I'm taking as much dust off tools as I can. It's a good start Gary.
 

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>>The hair in your nose also makes an excellent filter for everything else that's missed.<<

You're kidding, right?
 

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If you are thinking about getting an air conditioner, I just bought a couple myself and was pleasantly surprised at a little company I found out in mass that have some nice products and great prices. They ship for free, so it doesn't matter where you are located, which definitely helped for me. If you need an air conditioner, I highly recommend them.

Hope that helps.

Good luck.
 
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