As many of us in the wreck, I use the garage for my shop. It is a
time-sharing garage to be precise, as most of the time it belongs to the
SWMBO. Anyway, over the weekend I had my 'slot' available and was busy
making sawdust. When it came time to clean up I was doing my usual
sweep and vacuum routine when I had one of those inspiration things. I
retrieved the electric leaf blower from the yard shed and blew
everything right out the open garage door. Then I blew off all the
tools. Sure there was a little dust in the air but I simply let it
settle and went over it one more time. I could not believe how much of
a job it did or how easy it was. Well, I suppose someone else posted
this one in the past but I never caught it.
We HAD a "neighbor" that cut his lawn at 7:30PM with mower that spewed
gray smoke then used the leaf blower to blow residue into the street
and adjoining yards so it wouldn't be in HIS yard! Thankfully he
Man you must have too much time on your hands to get upset about things like
this or you must be the neighborhood grass nazi. . I'll bet the poor guy
worked all day at a job that didn't pay much and couldn't afford a better
lawnmower like yours and probably blew the grass clippings off the sidewalk
so you wouldn't fall down and sue him. With a neighbor like you, I'd want to
He had no feelings for any neighbor! Had a degree associated with
gardening and worked at that for several years before marrying and
moving from the house his parents owned. Would be VERY difficult to
find a more inconsiderate "neighbor"! Our gardner uses a gas blower
to gather cuttings and picks them up instead of distributing them in
others yards! BIL next door has another slob that redistributes his
stuff to others yards also.
Why? Does she keep something less waterproof than tools in there? If
it's a car, boot it out. Cars are waterproof, tools are not.
By the way, how much of all that dust and chips settled on the car
that used to be in there? What did SWMBO have to say about that?
Master Woodbutcher and seasoned termite
Shamelessly whoring my website since 1999
On Mon, 24 May 2004 22:41:38 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Scott Lurndal)
How long are you going to keep your car? I've had my Explorer for
almost 11 years (250K miles) and it's never been garaged. It has sat
in the South Florida sun for five years (started out in Illinois) and
still looks pretty darn good. But I'm going to get rid of it soon.
I'll never get rid of my Unisaw. It belongs inside; the car stays
Master Woodbutcher and seasoned termite
Shamelessly whoring my website since 1999
Wayne, I use my Toro 850 leaf blower quite often to blow out the dust, fiddly bits,
and cobwebs from my shop. The info on the blower is: model #: 51575, and 12.0
I bought it years ago based upon the reputation of Toro and the amperage draw. Of the
blowers I was considering at that time, the Toro had the highest amperage draw. I
suppose amperage relates to CFM, but that value is not on my blower. I would think
that CFM values are not significant to leaf blowers - especially to the marketing
thereof. In this application, I think CFM is not as significant as force. Maybe they
are samo samo. I do not know. I do know that mine really torques over when the power
hits it. That model of leaf blower may not be available now. I would recommend a Toro
with a high amperage draw.
I was curious about the cfm because whenever I open my garage door . . .er.
. .uh. . .SHOP door, there is a prevailing breeze that blows into the shop
at about a 45 deg angle. It starts at about 12:00 or 1:00pm every day. In
the spring and summer, this "Delta Breeze" as it is called keeps getting
stronger until sunset, at which time it is up to about 20-25 mph. I could
wait until just before sunset and then open the main door in front and the
small door in the back. Whenever I do that though, I have to go in my back
yard and pick up everything that has blown out of the gar. . .er. . .shop
(and on some days that would probably include ME). All the wind that comes
in the 16ft door in the front is really movin when it goes out the 32" door
in the back. I forgot to prop the back door open one time (I use a
splitting maul as a wedge), and the door slammed shut so hard that I thought
the wall was going to come down. It put several cracks in the stucco on the
outside of that wall. There is also the problem of picking up all the stuff
that has blown off of the shelves that are between the two doors.
But, if I can wait until the next day and use a leaf blower to blast
everything out the front while it is calmer outside, that would be great. I
might still have a slight breeze to work against, so the quantity of air
that a blower could produce would be a valuable piece of information. I
was wondering about the cheap electric blower/suckers in the $50-$60 range,
and if they would really have enough "oomph". Most of them will say
something like "generates 200mph wind", but if that is all directed in a
pencil beam it would be useless to clean the shop.
It's just a Toro garden variety electric blower I picked up on sale for
<grin> the SWMBO who really wanted one for the driveway. It's electric
and about the only drawback to it is that it blows a hurricane that
cannot be regulated at all. I have a ShopVac that at one time could be
used as a blower but I got tired of the deflector falling off and
foolishly glued the darn thing in place thinking I would never need the
blower <sigh>. The comment about it blowing everything out the
door is right on, so make sure your aim is good otherwise you will be
chasing stuff down the street.
I also get a strong breeze out of the SW most days and can take
advantage of it by opening the back door. It makes the garage/shop a
lot cooler and does a good job of venting the dust out of the air. Only
problem is that it doesn't work quite as nicely in the winter.
BTW - the garage became time-sharing after my wife complained that in
the ten years we have owned the house she (me too, for that matter) had
never parked a car in it. Not once. So for her birthday I went on a
tear getting it to the point where it could be shared with my tools.
And for my birthday she bought me an oscillating sander. I am happy
with the bargain ...
NoOne N Particular wrote:
Did it for the second time myself this weekend. If I open the garage door,
and then the access door, and if the wind is blowing just right, I can get
it to blow right on out.
While it simply "redistributes" some dust, I find it pretty hand for
cleaning out inaccessible crevices, and areas out of reach. The ceiling in
my sho^H^H^Hgarage is high, the light fixtures are high, the shelves are
high - the blower did a good job of "dusting".
I have both an electric and a gas powered blower/vac. The gas powered one
does a MUCH better job of blowing out the shop. I have to leave the door
open a while to vent the fumes and, probably, should wear a dust mask.
Also, I just turned the thing around and put on the vac bag and sucked up
the little windrow of grass I left in the yard of that single, senior woman
down the street whose lawn I mow. The poor thing feels obligated and hangs
a bag of fruit on my door even though I told her it wasn't necessary.
Yup. I've done that, in a non-garage shop.
1. I vac up what I can.
2. I fire up the dust collector to do "some" filtration
3. Connect my shop vac in "blow mode"
4. Blow all the nooks and crannies (parts shelves, limber rack, track
lights, basically everything that is impossible ot difficult to vaccume)
5. Let dust settle,rinse, repeat.
This is not my every-day cleanup ritual, but i fins it to be the best way to
get rid of the file dust that inevitably gets everywhere.
I will usually do this just before I go into the finishing phase of a
Try this all the time but all it seems to do is hide it in corners or on top
of shelves. It's almost too high a velocity for this for blowing out the
dust but I do it anyway thinking I'm "smart".
I like the one fellow's idea about taking all the tools out and rinsing
down the inside periodically to get rid of the dust. Too bad mine gets this
treatment whether I want it or not (always not) automatically every time it
Bill the Cat wanders into the shop now and again. He announces that it
is time for me to rub his tummy by rolling around on the floor. When he
has cleaned up about as much dust as I think he will endure, I rub his
tummy. And then he goes back into the house. :-)
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