Dust Never Sleeps

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Sweeping with the Enemy

Providing a clean workspace is a matter of procedure at Topcoat Finishes, and as a homeowner, husband and father, I try hard to hold myself to the same habits and standards at home when we are in project mode, which has been often over the years. So, I have come to think of protecting noses, throats and lungs from dust as not just a jobsite issue, but as a basic human need.

My employees, customers and my own family all deserve that. Before moving forward this past year on the mission of mastering the dust problem, I did a lot of research on vacuums and dust control. My research led me to many great resources, including The Healthy Home Dream Team, which is about healthy living.

That’s what it’s all about. Better living, both at home and at work. I am honored to have the opportunity to add a tidbit of info on such a good site.

Dust: that most insidious byproduct of home projects. Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or you hire contractors, home projects, by nature, occupy the spaces our families live in. These can range from paint and carpentry makeovers to full-fledged remodeling projects.

Regardless of the scope or depth of your project, dust is a common theme. From demolition work and gutting rooms down – to raw framing and simply repainting a bedroom – protective measures are required by either yourself or the contractors who are working in your home.

Read more here…….

So whether you are a DIY or Professional, equipment with which to safely complete your projects has never been more accessible. Thanks to Ron and Lisa for providing a great site for all of us to learn from and inviting me to be part of it! Keep up the great work!

If you would like to learn more about dust control, sign up for updates. We are testing the new Festool hepa Dust Extractors and will be sharing test info and footage, culminating in full review. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic as well.

Scott Burt

Scott Burt is a contractor and freelance writer whose column "From the Field" has appeared in American Painting Contractor magazine (www.paintmag.com) since 2008. His writing and projects also appear in other print and digital venues. This site is an extension of Scott's publication work, and he encourages readers to leave comments and questions about articles published here. Hope to hear from you!

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