Can anyone suggest a respirator other than the expensive powered hoods
that will permit me to wear my tri-focals (yes, yes, I'm well down the
road) without them riding so high that I'm looking through the wrong
Thanks very much.
Funny, I've just spent some some time looking through catalogues and on
the net having come to the conclusion that I've had enough of ordinary
masks that interfere with the wearing of glasses, restrict airflow so that
I wind up feeling short of breath after only a few minutes and alway seem
to exhaust air upwards so that my glasses steam up, and your post drops in.
I have decided that, regardless of the expense, I've got to go down the
road of a proper powered respirator and the Trend Airshield Pro is the
cheapest I can easily get hold of in the UK - unless anyone knows any
Me, I'm at the bi-focal stage but had a single focal pair made up with the
"reading" prescription for working.
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On Wed, 3 Sep 2008 05:54:42 -0700 (PDT), email@example.com wrote:
I guess it depends on your definition of "respirator", Tim...
For REAL protection, the face plate/helmet type are probably it for glass
Since I know that I won't wear it, and even hate to wear a normal respirator, I
gave up and just went for the "dust mask" kind..
Disregarding all the safety things that I know and going to the nitty-gritty (no
pun intended), I figure that wearing a dust mask sometimes is more protection
that not wearing anything...
In my case, I wear safety glasses and have a beard, so the only one that works
for me is the Dust-bee-gone mask..
I still don't wear it often enough, but when I do, it's comfortable, doesn't
mess with or fog up my glasses, and is washable.. YMWV
BTW: I have 2 very good respirators that are protecting a drawer from fine
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You are stuck with a 3M half mask
or one of these:
I don't know about bi and tri-focals, but I wear one of those when I work in
dusty or allergenic environments (i.e. the attic) and they fit around my
glasses just fine. Of course I need a pair of windshield wipers to keep the
lens from fogging up from sweat but I consider that a separate issue.
On the other hand, I guess I don't consider these "respirators" more
improved dust masks. A respirator would be something with a tank attached
to it for working in hazardous gas environments. I only mention this
because what the poster wanted wasn't totally clear to me.
it on hand when I gird up for battle.
I wear a headband at highpower matches, keeps my lenses clean for the
critical moment. But I shot those 5 rings because the uhhh ...sun was in my
eyes, yeah that was it.
I have worn glasses most of my life and both
seem to work fine for me.
A good fitting respirator takes some adjusting
and you will know you have one on.
I prefer the Dust Bee Gone for most woodworking
I use a respirator for spraying and brushing
If the respirator leaks then you have not fitted it correctly, or your face
shape will not allow for a proper fit. If air leaks out around the seal,
nasties can leak in through the same holes!!
Go somewhere that will teach you how to do a face fit test and hey presto
the steaming bi focals will not be a problem. 3M used to provide videos on
doing face fit tests which should be done every time you put on a
Powered air curtain/helmet type respirators are the way to go for most
I believe the original poster wasn't complaining about leaks but rather
the fact that wearing a respirator causes his glasses to ride high
(presumably because the glasses end up sitting on the respirator rather
than the nose itself).
I run into this problem myself trying to wear safety glasses over a
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