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Old 07-23-2019, 11:01 PM   #1
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I currently use the 3m respirator mask I bought at Home Depot for $40. It doesn't work very well. I hate the smell of cast iron dust and having it in my nostrils even with that mask.
I would prefer to use my snap cutter but a lot of these lines I work on would probably crack with that. I use the grinder and sawzall which both put out a lot of dust.
I've tried those disposable masks which you can squeeze the metal tab to form around your nose but those don't work well either.
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Old 07-24-2019, 06:50 AM   #2
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I currently use the 3m respirator mask I bought at Home Depot for $40. It doesn't work very well. I hate the smell of cast iron dust and having it in my nostrils even with that mask.
I would prefer to use my snap cutter but a lot of these lines I work on would probably crack with that. I use the grinder and sawzall which both put out a lot of dust.
I've tried those disposable masks which you can squeeze the metal tab to form around your nose but those don't work well either.



Use water when you cut the pipe. If you don't have a helper to use a squeeze bottle than get like a camel back and hang it with the tube dripping on the cut.






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Bottom row 3M with pancakes or if you really want to ged rid of the smell use the one to the right with the flat charcoal (VOC) packs.

Cartridges can be seen on the left side.

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Although it’s a pain at first. Get a grinder vacuum attachment and a small cordless vacuum like the Milwaukee. Once you you get in the habit, you’ll always want to do it this way. Then you can wear a regular mask and face shield if you want.
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Although it’s a pain at first. Get a grinder vacuum attachment and a small cordless vacuum like the Milwaukee. Once you you get in the habit, you’ll always want to do it this way. Then you can wear a regular mask and face shield if you want.
I have one of those HEPA vacuums that is OSHA compliant. I will probably try this if I can find an adapter that fits my grinder. It's one of those $15 harbor freight specials and it's been in muddy trenches many years without issue.
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Use water when you cut the pipe. If you don't have a helper to use a squeeze bottle than get like a camel back and hang it with the tube dripping on the cut.
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That is usually what I do on the trenches dug with a backhoe. On the inside digs there isn't a whole lot of space most of the time since we try to disturb the least amount of concrete possible.
Plus I'm pretty sure my grinder isn't waterproof.
The dig I did yesterday was self watering since the cast iron line was clogged, haha.
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Bottom row 3M with pancakes or if you really want to ged rid of the smell use the one to the right with the flat charcoal (VOC) packs.

Cartridges can be seen on the left side.

https://www.plumbingzone.com/f2/cani...2/#post1195818
I have one like the second from the top left. Maybe my nose is a weird shape because I can't get a great seal no matter how tight I get it.
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I have one like the second from the top left. Maybe my nose is a weird shape because I can't get a great seal no matter how tight I get it.
You might have the wrong size. There's small, medium large. I'm a beefy guy but my size is medium.
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Use water when you cut the pipe. If you don't have a helper to use a squeeze bottle than get like a camel back and hang it with the tube dripping on the cut.
That is usually what I do on the trenches dug with a backhoe. On the inside digs there isn't a whole lot of space most of the time since we try to disturb the least amount of concrete possible.
Plus I'm pretty sure my grinder isn't waterproof.
The dig I did yesterday was self watering since the cast iron line was clogged, haha.[/QUOTE]




The grinder doesn't have to be watertight, you only put water on the blade edge. I use a cordless grinder so I am not worried about being shocked. Even if yours is corded you can just use a gfci and be fine.




Those masks only work well if they seal which often times means being CLEAN shaven.




Take your grinder guard, cut a notch in it, and weld a piece of pipe that a vacuum hose will fit. I am sure tango could make something good like that!








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Take your grinder guard, cut a notch in it, and weld a piece of pipe that a vacuum hose will fit. I am sure tango could make something good like that!


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