# Avoiding saw dust, hazardous fumes, etc

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#### FerdBerful

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First off, this is not an advertisement. I have no relationship with maker of the product
described.

A recent health scare made me finally look into avoiding all the noxious
stuff I've been breathing while working on rockets.

Since I think a lot of people think "I should look into ..." but don't do anything
about it, I thought I'd share what I ended up doing.

I have a beard and wear glasses so the "easy" solutions have been pretty frustrating.

I got a Turbine Products Breath-Cool "Supplied Air System" (It supplies clean air from

https://www.turbineproducts.com/breathecool-ii-supplied-air-respirator-system-w-vinyl-hood/

#### The_Lone_Beagle

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I am seriously considering something like this, but for right now I'm having success using a half face piece respirator

They are cheap enough that I have 2, one dedicated to filtering out particles and one dedicated to vapors. The disadvantages to this are obvious, it doesn't cover my whole head, and at times my glasses slip off.

But for right now, this is definitely better than nothing. I'm surprised sometimes at the stuff I did as a kid, before we knew that we needed to have any of this protection.

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#### FerdBerful

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RE:
Just breath through an unfiltered Camel cigarette
Why didn't I think of that? That way the lung cancer will get me before the silicosis
or hypersensitivity pneumonitis bother me.

#### FerdBerful

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I am seriously considering something like this, but for right now I'm having success using a half face piece respirator

They are cheap enough that I have 2, one dedicated to filtering out particles and one dedicated to vapors. The disadvantages to this are obvious, it doesn't cover my whole head, and at times my glasses slip off.

But for right now, this is definitely better than nothing. I'm surprised sometimes at the stuff I did as a kid, before we knew that we needed to have any of this protection.
I'm totally with you WRT any effort is worth doing. The best can be the enemy of the good.

I'd probably would have stayed with something like that if my beard didn't get in the way of a good seal.
I've also had problems with rouge glasses.

And given that I believe that you can always find something good in any situation, I guess the beard/glasses "problem"
led to a very effective solution to the "breathing nasties" problem.

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#### FerdBerful

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Geez, the HPR subforum has really become a catch-all for off-topic posts. Mods?
I'm sorry. I did think about where to post it. My thinking was that the people that build HPR are by far the most likely to be breathing
the most harmful stuff.

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#### FerdBerful

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I would consider some spray foam around the hose where it goes through the wall to help keep unwanted guests out of the work space.
Rex
A good thing to think about.

However, in my case it would be moot. Our garage has all sorts gaps in it's ancient sliding door. And well, we leave the back
door open all the time.

#### rocketsam2016

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I live in the city (no garage or basement) in New England (cold, snow, early sunset), so I have fewer options. I wear a good half mask respirator with a p100 particle filter and an organic chemical filter. I can't smell things like spray paint or lacquer thinner at all through it. I've been sanding fiberglass in a closed bathroom in the bathtub wearing that mask and running an exhaust fan that vents to outside. I've been trying to wet sand as well to minimize the fiberglass dust in the air. It's a royal pain but beats spreading fiberglass dust through the house or sanding in the snow... I epoxy though out in the open in the bottom floor of my house.

#### rms

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I've been sanding fiberglass in a closed bathroom in the bathtub wearing that mask[/QUOTE said:
Oh my, must ...... resist ...... commenting:grin:

#### rocketsam2016

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Oh my, must ...... resist ...... commenting:grin:
Let me know if you'd like photographic evidence lol. Though I'm not in the tub, only the rocket is

#### FerdBerful

##### Member Member
I ended up buying the half-mask. This is what I'm using most of the time.

The problem with the hood for me was the fact that the face plate was
resting on my noise a bit. That was fine from a comfort standpoint, but
what got old was the cleaning the face plate every time I put it on.

I have used the hood since I got the half-mask. I've found that cyanoacrylate
fumes often sting my eyes. The hood totally eliminates that problem.

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