Jobsite Dust Control

By Robert Robillard on Dealing With Dust, Interior Repairs, Tools PLUS!

A good jobsite dust control strategy is essential to keeping your customer or significant other happy throughout a DIY or remodeling project.

Here’s a few tips to get you started:Jobsite Dust Control
1. In the work area, look for ways air to enters and leaves the room. This would include sealing off doors, windows, air vents and any other openings. Take steps to control or block them off.
2. Designate one doorway to be your main entryway to the room. Using thin plastic sheeting to seal off all the other areas you identified in step one except for exterior windows. ZipWall  dust barrier system offers a solution for installing easy, quick and super effective dust barrier walls.

temporary dust door

Jobsite Dust Control

Zipwall is designed for jobsite dust control and can be used in remodeling, mold remediation, health-care construction, lead paint abatement, hardwood floor sanding, concrete restoration, dry wall sanding and painting preparation.
The best part of this system is how quick and easy it is to set up.  No ladders or tape is needed and it causes no damage to finished surfaces.
3. If your not dealing with lead dust, place fans blowing outward in all exterior windows and leave these running throughout the demolition or remodeling to remove as much dust as possible from the room.
4. Repeated use of HEPA filter equipped vacuums. I prefer HEPA because they do not let the very fine dust escape the vacuums exhaust port
and back into the air your breathing.  Connection dust making tools to a HEPA vacuum and collecting the dust at its source is another excellent way to control remodeling dust.
5. Wet-wiping of the work area keeps fine dust down.
6. Misting before or during cutting also helps control airborne dust. [e.g., cutting concrete]
7. Try not to carry debris through the house. consider using a debris chute out a window to a dumpster.
8. Wear a high quality dust mask.
9. Clean up the work area daily
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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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