Blast gate plugged up and won't close all the way?

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Forum topic by GaryK posted 02-20-2010 01:51 AM 2126 views 1 time favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2010 01:51 AM

I just read a review of some self clearing blast gates. That’s great if you are buying them because you don’t have any.

But what about all of us who have the inexpensive plastic ones. Years ago when I first got mine, I noticed that they got dust crammed in them preventing them from closing all the way. Well I came up with a simple solution. Just cut the rear off corners. See the picture below.

This allows a little air to enter sucking any dust that would otherwise get stuck there. You lose almost no vacuum and they get blocked when they are closed. A free fix that really works. It’s been over 10 years now without a problem.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 02-20-2010 01:58 AM

Simple enough.

-- Let's do it in the wood pile!

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#2 posted 02-20-2010 02:01 AM

Good idea!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#3 posted 02-20-2010 02:25 AM

That looks like a good trick.

I minimize the problem by mounting mine so the gate opens downward. This does a lot, but I still have to use a piece of stiff wire to clean out the gate channels every once in a while.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#4 posted 02-20-2010 02:32 AM

That’s an old trick…. i did that years ago…. about 20… problems here…..

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#5 posted 02-20-2010 02:42 AM

I did something similar, I drilled holes through the corners, worked fine. cutting off the corners is probably better.

-- Smitty!!!

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#6 posted 02-20-2010 02:48 AM

Thanks for the idea!!! Keeps me from reinventng the wheel. :)

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#7 posted 02-20-2010 03:00 AM

Thanks for th4e solution that I’ve got Gary. Why didn’t you post it years ago.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 02-20-2010 10:59 AM

THanks for the tip – simple, but great idea

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#9 posted 02-20-2010 01:53 PM

Smarty pants, great idea, I will be cutting corners this afternoon…

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#10 posted 02-20-2010 04:44 PM

Great idea Gary. You need to write a book, yes I am serious.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 02-20-2010 10:12 PM

I also did something similar about 5 years ago. I took the gate out and cut the corners off the gate. Your solution is quicker :)

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#12 posted 02-20-2010 10:37 PM

That’s thinking…...good one!

-- Bruce, Upstate New York

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