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Thread: Why I bother to wear a dust mask.

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Cotswolds, UK

    Why I bother to wear a dust mask.

    ______Coarse filter collection results from turning a couple of dozen , mostly small items.
    ______100mm close proximity large volume extractor and 9" Expelair running at the same time.
    ______No discernable airborne dust in the shop whilst turning.
    ______Mask also worn whilst cleaning up shavings and floor debris with 100mm extractor and Shop Vac after each turning session.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Isn't it amazing to see how much stuff we could be breathing? I replaced the outer filter on my hanging air cleaner last night, and it was pretty nasty, even though I run the DC whenever I'm generating dust. I also blow quite a bit of dust out of the coarse filter on my Trend every time I change the batteries.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
    Thanks for posting that, Chas. If that doesn't make someone think about what we're breathing when turning, and more important when sanding, then nothing will ever get through. Great lesson!
    Why has common sense
    become so uncommon?

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Chas thanks for the reminder. When I first started turning I had some problems with what I thought was a cold. Turns out my Doctor told me I could get emphysema from breathing wood dust. Thankfully it cleared up and I don't go in my shop now without the air filter hanging from the ceiling and wearing the trend. It is amazing what is in my air cleaner filters and in the trend filter.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Tampa & NC

    Why I bother to wear a dust mask

    A very good reminder as to what we breath when NOT wearing a dust mask of some kind.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Very dramatic.
    I'm pretty careless with the mask thing. Will have to change my thinking.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Tellico Plains, Tennessee
    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Very dramatic.
    I'm pretty careless with the mask thing. Will have to change my thinking.
    me too!!
    Tellico Plains, TN
    My parents taught me to respect my elders, but it's getting harder and harder to find any.
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Alexandria, Virginia
    If you don't wear a mask your lungs show up better on your annual chest x-ray.

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