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Old 03-01-2012, 07:13 AM   #1
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Dustless Remodeling - What are you tips ?

Zipwalls on order.
Ordered a utility blower with blower attachment to route air out the window

Is the blower more effective high up or on the floor ?

Dust Management is key when remodeling (furnished living home).
I have a tonnage of older tools I've used like running one Hepa Vac just to filter the air and then another vac to grind, cut, etc with someone holding the hose to chase the blade with plastic taped up, and that is quite manageable on the dust in itself.


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Old 03-04-2012, 10:40 PM   #2
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Dustless? Impossible.....

Getting it close? Possible.....

One of the biggest issues of any remodel is the dirt and dust associated with it.....

Even with the zipwall....stuff will get through...

At a min....get a chunk of carpet and lay it in the doorway of the zipwall...that will catch a good chunk of dust and dirt on your shoes....

The issue with the zipwall is that if there is any positive pressure in the room being worked on....dust will be pushed into the adjacent room....

So...keep the HVAC off....keep all windows in the adjacent house closed...

And just accept the fact that dirt will find its way into your house.


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Right when I thought I knew it all, I guess I'm still learning.
I've never heard of a "zipwall".
Google, here I come.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:29 AM   #4
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Dustless? Impossible.....
so true!
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Couldn't afford real ZIP's, made my own ($10 each) about 11 years ago. I use a box fan (with cardboard shroud) blow out in the window with a furnace filters in front for the neighbors... cover floor grill with dryer conditioner filters, leave plastic up at floor in small areas for incoming air from slightly opened windows outside work area. Make own door with two layers overlapping plastic w. weights (nail clips) attached to bottom corners 2" off floor (self-closing). Use black plastic with overly interested H.O.'s.... LOL.

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Old 03-09-2012, 08:02 AM   #6
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Keeping dust totally within the work zone is possible. Asbestos abatement and mold remediators have been doing it for years, (if they do it right). It mostly depends on how much expense and time you are willing to dedicate to it. Keep the renovation area under negative air pressure at all times, and exhausted directly to the outside. Build an air lock between the work area and the clean area. Never have both doors to the air lock open at the same time. Use tacky mats inside the air lock and on the clean side, Pull your relief air through the air lock so it is always under negative air pressure to the clean side and the work area is negative to the air lock. Close off all supply and return air vents into the space with 6 mil plastic. Dampen all dusty materials before demo-ing them. Regularly HEPA vac your work area and damp wipe it. Bag all of your debris and wipe down the bags before removing them. Wear disposable coveralls and leave them bagged in the air lock. All this will keep you dust free, but comes with a price for additional materials and greatly adds to the time spent. Good common sense construction practices will keep you relatively dust free without all of the time and money spent for a ton of dust control engineering. It is, after all, construction dust, not toxic hazardous waste.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:08 AM   #7
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Well, it is almost impossible to do a dustless renovation, but you can minimize the amount of dust by using the expert labors and by follow the instruction of contractor. They know what you want from them..so they will definitely take a close look of your home.

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completely agree with maintenance. i've done dustless drywall jobs. its all about the negative air machine and proper set up and take down of a plastic containment


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