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House of Dust

By Randy Walker

To keep airborne dust from getting into the house, I bought a dust collector for my basement workshop. I wanted to start with a clean slate, so I decided to rid the shop of a decade’s worth of dust that had collected on the ductwork, pipes, lights, shelves, and so forth.

I opened the basement doors and turned on the whole house fan, which is located in the hallway ceiling on the second floor. Then I used my shop vacuum as a blower to dislodge the dust. It worked like a charm. The clouds of dust that billowed off everything I pointed the wand at were efficiently drawn up the stairs.

Unfortunately, most of the dust never left the house. Instead, it took up residence on every furnishing, from tables to tea cups. I am now on upstairs cleanup duty until further notice. No good deed goes unpunished.


This story originally appeared in American Woodworker March 2008, issue #134.

March 2008, issue #134

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