Harmful dust from old paint, shellac, stain, polyurethane and other nasty stuff can cause serious respiratory problems.
Even when I wear a mask, the dust ALWAYS gives me a headache and causes my lungs to feel EXTREMELY heavy. This promotes unattractive sneezing, coughing, and yes… I’ve even spit! Come on girls…I couldn’t be the only one! lol
I’ve souped-up my Ryobi CornerCat with an easy and inexpensive way to reduce dust while using a sander. I can’t even begin to tell you what a difference it’s made!
It’s super simple and only took a few minutes… here’s how I did it.
1. You’ll need a shop vac or vacuum cleaner. My mystery man gave me his old HuskyShopVac which is perfect for my work area.
[box type=”info”] Tip -If you’re going to use your household vacuum cleaner, make sure you clean it regularly and have extra filters on hand. The fine dust can block it up quickly.[/box]
2. You’ll also need an inexpensive (under $10) plastic or rubber adapter and hose clamp which can be purchased at any hardware store in the vacuum attachment isle. Mine came in a kit which included the 1-1/4″ adapter plus 2 other sizes.
[box type=”info”] Tip- Measure the diameter of your the blower exhaust on your sander and the hose on your vacuum before purchasing so you get the right size.[/box]
3. Loosely place the hose clamp around the sander’s blower exhaust. Insert one end of the adapter to the exhaust on your sander. Insert the other end of the adapter to the hose on your vacuum. To secure the attachment, tighten the clamp.
4. Turn the sander and vacuum “ON”…then sand away! The wood dust gets sucked from your sander directly into the vacuum!
No headache, no heavy lungs and no heavy clean-up…I’m loving it!
So girls, if you ever catch yourself coughing, spitting, wiping your nose with the back of your hand and scratching yourself like a construction worker while using your sander; remember a dust free environment is the key.
Reduce the dust while sanding and it will help maintain your good health and your attractive fem-da-la-fem diva status!
Sand away and have fun!