How To Control Dust During A Renovation

By Robert Robillard on Dealing With Dust, Workshop tips


Controlling Remodeling and Sanding Dust

How to control dust during a renovation can be approached a number of ways.

Simple and effective way to remove fumes, dust and odors from a confined area is to create negative pressure in a room and draw the contaminants out of the room.  Any environment can be cleared and exhausted this way.

What is Negative Pressure Ventilation (NPV)?

NPV is the extraction of air from a structure with suction techniques.

NPV uses a combination of a window box fan, and sealing off all door openings.

Safety Note – Only use this technique if there is no chance you will be disturbing lead paint.

Creating Negative Pressure Ventilation

Close doors and seal the ones your not using with blue tape.  I use the Zipwall Barrier System and poly plastic sheeting to create temporary wall and cordon off areas.

Put a box fan in the window so air is being blow outdoors.

Cover the door openings with plastic, [a slit or zipper can be installed down the middle for entering and exiting.] Drop cloths nailed to the doors rim and taped to the side trim work too.

Turn the fan on and crack a window in the opposite side of the room or allow for some air to come in through the plastic. That will push the contaminates out the fan window and the stop dust from migrating in to the rest of the house.

Best Practice For Controlling Remodeling Dust

When researching how to control dust during a renovation make sure you use dust extraction techniques on all of your tools creating dust and saw dust as well as follow best practices to control remodeling dust.

Over the years I have developed strategies and researched the BEST methods to control remodeling dust.    If you believe that any of the materials being worked on during this renovation contain lead paint you need to consult and follow the EPA Renovation, Repair and Paint guidelines as well as your local and state guidelines.  Here is my best practice list on how to control remodeling dust.


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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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