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Forum topic by Dark_Lightning posted 03-19-2021 03:50 AM 1411 views 0 times favorited 95 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2021 03:50 AM

How has Covid-19 changed the way you view breathing protection in the shop, or in the rest of the non-woodworking part of our society? This is a completely open topic, nobody’s contribution will be blocked out. I personally have a set of nicely made masks, courtesy of my wife. She has all these sewing machines and cares about all of us guys. (Dad and three sons, though the eldest is off somewhere with the Air Force).

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#1 posted 03-19-2021 04:07 AM

About the only time I wear a mask in the shop is to spray lacquer. The dust collection does the rest.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 03-19-2021 04:31 AM

In the shop prior to Covid I used a full face respirator for protection of both my airway, and my eyes. Over them I wore a pair of 3M Pro grade ear muffs.

I’ve had more eye problems in the woodshop than airway stuff, so eye enclosure is important to me all the time in the shop. The airway stuff I just go full face when I’m doing really dusty work, usually sanding, or MDF anything. If you haven’t. wearing a full face respirator isn’t endearing at all, kinda huge PIA level stuff.

When Covid first hit, I went everywhere with my half face 3M respirator. I’d had it a long time, and it was still in great shape. I was as scared as anyone else, and being a Diabetic, with both heart and respiratory history decided early on I didn’t want any part of it. So I went wayyyyy past an N95, or cloth mask.

I really got to liking how it felt, as compared to the full face, but I need ears, and eyes. I like eyes beyond safety glasses as in the past I have been wearing safety glasses with side shields, and still got foreign bodies in one eye or the other, and ended up with corneal abrasion. If you haven’t had it a corneal abrasion sux, and I’ve had 4, that theoretically the safety glasses should have stopped, but did not.

This year for my birthday, my lovely Wife gifted me with a pair of Eye Muffs G6. They are a combo eye guard big enough to easily fit over regular glasses, and they have attached ear muffs of the overhead with strap variety.

So now I am wearing my 1/2 face respirator, and the Eye Muffs for total cover. All are light, wearable for long periods without making me cra cray, and I can still wear my glasses. I had tried the really nice goggles from Uvex, but none of them allowed me to wear my glasses with them, at least not easily. Plus the goggles, and my ear guards of choice caused a chafe like thing around my ears, the Eye Muffs don’t.

So yeah Covid did at least that one good thing for me, because I don’t think I would have changed without wearing my 1/2 mask to get groceries and stuff.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 03-19-2021 04:40 AM

That explains a lot.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 03-19-2021 05:06 AM

In South Dakota, our Governor is giving us the freedom of choice. I only wear a mask in my shop when creating dust. I don’t wear a mask when up and about, even in large group events. Very few of the people I know wear a mask. To answer the question, nothing has changed. No fear mongering here.

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#5 posted 03-19-2021 07:27 AM

I am a bad boy and never wear a respirator in the shop. I am mostly hand tool now and above and below suction on the table saw is an improvement too. Makes me think back to when I would use an airless sprayer with oil base paint. at the end of the day I would need to take a thinner rag and shove it up my nose to get all the dried paint out of my nostrils. Yeah that can’t be good.

Mask and covid, I don’t think they are that effective but wear one when requested or feel that a customer is more comfortable seeing me wear it. Had the first vaccine shot 9 days ago and two weeks after the second I will kiss my mask goodbye.

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#6 posted 03-19-2021 08:58 AM

I dont go anywhere without my inflatable personal environment shield. I even sleep in it. And whats really great is that no one even looks at me like I am totally retarded. In fact, no one even talks to me anymore; not sure why….

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#7 posted 03-19-2021 09:46 AM

I always wear a half mask for spray painting.
Always SHOULD grab a formed N95 when I am grinding, but sometimes forget.
I try to remember one when welding.
I try to remember one when cutting MDF.
I try to remember one when sanding.
I used to buy 3M half masks, but the newest ones don’t fit as well. Got an Eclipse and it is much more comfortable. I have always done so and COVID has not changed the in-shop habits.
As I get into lathe work, I may invest in a powered full face mask.
I have taken to wearing a mask when mowing the yard. It makes a big difference in my allergies.

I run a dust collector with canister filters, ambient air cleaner MERV 13 and the HVAC has MERV 13 filters. They all help, but most power tools still produce the fines that are dangerous, so a mask is still needed. I finally got enough adapters for my held held tools. But their collection is marginal too.

What COVID did was I ran out of vented N95 formed masks and could not get any until recently. That the were restricted for medical use was as stupid as it gets as vented masks are absolutely useless for COVID protection of others. I now have a good stock.

As they became available, I switched from procedure masks to cone KN95 to preformed N95 for outside the house. I only had to use a bandana about a week as my band saw had a 10 pack of procedure masks tossed in. That held us over until we could buy some. The material in all filters is fine, it is the fit that makes a big difference.

WoodenDreams, stay out of NC. Learn to respect others. Don’t wear a mask in you shop if you wish, but outside it is not about YOU, it is about US. ControlFreak, masks are about an 80% effective protection, for both you and OTHERS. Mask up and don’t be a sociopath! 6 more months if people have any respect for others. This is not about politics or freedom, it is about respect for others.

Am I touchy? Yea. I am old. My wife is a poster child for those who DIE if they catch it.

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#8 posted 03-19-2021 10:40 AM

I’m not doing anything different in the shop due to Covid, just following the precautions I’ve always followed. I do have a rpoblem with safety clsses and earmuffs, I need to get one of those “Eye muffs” that SteveN pic’d.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#9 posted 03-19-2021 02:12 PM

Agreed. Masks are to protect others as well as yourself. I won’t be visiting SD anytime soon. Just had a 58 year old friend die from this disaster. He was masked at work but not outside the plant gate. If masks were not turned political, many less people would have died. I get the first shot today, and will be wearing a mask after second shot to prevent carrying virus to others even if I am protected.

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#10 posted 03-19-2021 02:33 PM

Can’t tell you how many times I have scraped solder off my glasses and how many lenses I have trashed with bits of grinder dust. Seems face shields last about a day when I am over on the “car” side of my shop. Bought a 10 pack of the new disposable face shields for less than one of the old style. I’ll use them more often.

Ear muffs, hang on three spots in the shop and one in the garage.

First shot just over a week ago! I hope if folks co-operate, by fall we can see our friends and family again.

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#11 posted 03-19-2021 02:43 PM

After being in the automotive body repair industry for 43 years, I am no stranger to wearing masks. In my workshop I wear a P-100 HEPA respirator for dust, we also used these for welding. As for finishing I have a air supplied respirator, which we used for automotive finishing, There are a lot of good respirator’s on the market, but do your research, respirator’s do not always filter out the same thing. you may need a different one for dust and one for finishing.

-- Rich

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#12 posted 03-19-2021 02:44 PM

I wear a mask when I go to the store or wherever we are supposed to. As for shop, I wear a cartridge respirator when fiberglassing. I mostly use hand tools so I don’t make much dust except for when I roll my TS outside on the driveway.

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#13 posted 03-19-2021 04:12 PM

I guess I am a big pussy . My wife says I had to get the shot and I have to wear a mask because I have C.O.P D.

-- Bud Baker , Ojibwa, WI.

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#14 posted 03-19-2021 04:22 PM

No change in the shop, but I’m likely to wear masks from time to time even if the vaccine is effective. This year’s flu season was almost nonexistent and it should help with my allergies. I’d rather wear a mask than fill my nostrils with spray 2-3 times a day.

I’ve known people with medical conditions (mostly from cancer treatments) that always wore a mask in years past and no one thought of it.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 03-19-2021 04:33 PM

Hasn’t really changed my mask wearing in the shop.

The nearly nonexistent flu season shows that masks work and help to prevent people from spreading disease to others. Wearing a mask is more about not spreading than about not getting the disease. Those that don’t wear them are saying: I don’t care about others or that I am ignorant about why we were all asked to wear masks.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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