Speedy Shop Cleanup

I finally completed a bedroom set project this afternoon and decided it was time to clean the shop. High time, at that.
So I went about it with the shop vac, alternately sucking and blowing, with only marginal results, when the dawn came. The trusty electric leaf blower. I opened the shop doors and fired it up.
It was like taking a ride in a dust devil. A veritable maelstrom of dust swirled throughout the building. Fasteners flew from the bench and splattered against the wall. Dead flies blew through the service door like a charge of buckshot. Small tools and offcuts clattered across the floor. The dust simply billowed out the overhead door and it must have looked like a small cattle drive. The process took about fifteen minutes.
I turned on a large fan to vent the settling dust through the service door, and walked over to the house for a short break. When I returned, the air had cleared, and the shop was clean as a whistle. Even the walls gleamed. The technique works.
But don't try it in your basement.....!
John
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Darwin award candidate-just minus the sudden demise usually reserved for the candidate. This is no different then sweeping it under the carpet-with the exception of "appreciative" neighbors.
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snipped-for-privacy@adelphia.net says...

Depends. In my case, the nearest neighbors in that direction would be a good 500 yards away and across the desert -- stuff would settle out before bothering them.
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Ah. I'm glad you pointed that out before I tried it. :-)
"In hindsight, Officer, I guess it *would* have been prudent to check and see if my neighbor had two loads of laundry drying on the line. Seeing as how I already knew she owned a gun, anyway."
Dan
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Darwin award candidate-just minus the sudden demise usually reserved for the candidate. This is no different then sweeping it under the carpet-with the exception of "appreciative" neighbors.
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I was thinking about this approach lately. I usually grab the blow gun tip on my air compressor to thoroughly clean up my table saw. Then I shoot it at the floor to whisk it clean. A leaf blower seems more civil for sweeping the floor. On the other hand, there are two drawbacks to either technique - you create a dusty mess to breathe (dust mask advised) and it ruins the freshly washed and shined Lexus sitting on the other side of the garage.
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I use the leaf blower technique on a regular basis, as did my father.

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my neighbor hired a concete cutting company to remove his front porch. after cutting the porch, my house, grill, cars, tables, were covered in concrete dust... got to love neighbors....contractors.

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I have one slight modification to your plan. I wait until a very rainy day, which in the North West is quite often and then as I blow the dust out it is carried to the ground by the rain. No complaints from the neighbors and I live and have my shop in a Townhouse complex.
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John,
Welcome to the dark side...
We've been cleaning the garage/shop like that for years! The neighbors know to close the windows in their houses when the see we've opened all three doors and the whine noise starts.
Andy

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I might add, the neighbors tolerate us to a much greater extent than most because we have done projects for or loaned tools to almost every one on the cul-de-sac.
Andy

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andy wrote:

My neighbors tolerate me very well. If the ones on the one side piss me off, I don't let them play with their grandkids. ;) On the other side, I know who he's been schtupping for the last 20 years, and it isn't his wife.... 'Nuff said.
I get to be as obnoxious as I want. :)
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