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Thread: Word of warning - Dust Collection Requirements for Businesses

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    Word of warning - Dust Collection Requirements for Businesses

    This probably doesn't apply to a lot of folks, but I thought I would share some things that have been happening to me lately. Recently I went from home shop to "the real deal" woodworking business. I leased a space, advertised, etc... One thing I didn't realize was the potential expense of local requirements for dust collection. I fully expected to spend a good bit of money on electrical/rent/insurance/overhead, etc... , but dust collection came as a bit of a surprise. A few weeks ago I had an inspector stop by and tell me that I had a lot of work to do to meet the city's requirements. Just thought is was worth letting y'all know that if you're moving shop from one location to another, or going "full time" for the first time that you might want to do a bit of research about what your municipality requires for dust collection. Evidently there is a big push to enforce the NFPA 664 standard, even though small shops don't always seem to fall under it. (But cities can require you to do what they see fit.) Currently I have to invest a huge chunk of money into a professionally installed DC system in order to keep my doors open. Just thought y'all might want to know!

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    Seriously, wishing I was livin' the country life.

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    Oof. That's gotta hurt. Well, Here's hoping you get through it. You sure have the skills to make a go of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank McKinney View Post
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    Matt I feel your pain. Had the same troubles when we where hanging steel. Every year they seem to come out with new rules that meant I had to lay out big coin to stay in business. I think they must sit around ever year and look over the small business and say well that new rule last year didn't close them down so lets see if this requirement shuts there doors.
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    I'd be interested to know what your quotes come out to Matt. Like Brent said, if anyone has the skills to survive that, you've got them.

    Chuck, my wife's uncle does steel erection, he did really well for a non-union shop, but he had the opportunity to move to the union side and did, even signed the business over to his wife as 51% owner. Now he can charge the government the same extortion fees they were charging him to balance things out.
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    Sorry for your undeserved troubles Hutch. I'm just curious; is it a requirement to have the system professionally installed? I know you have more important things to do than hang duct but, I was wondering about the requirement. Thx.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    I'd be interested to know what your quotes come out to Matt. Like Brent said, if anyone has the skills to survive that, you've got them.

    Chuck, my wife's uncle does steel erection, he did really well for a non-union shop, but he had the opportunity to move to the union side and did, even signed the business over to his wife as 51% owner. Now he can charge the government the same extortion fees they were charging him to balance things out.
    Funny how that works had a friend/completer that went union and it crushed his erection business. In order to get work he still had to bid the same price I was but in order to cover the union fees he needed to charge 25 to 50% more than everyone else. Plus pay his help more money so they could take home less.
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
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