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Unless the other critical projects are safety related, this one needs to be your top priority. This won’t kill you, but it can literally make it harder to breathe; it is a health hazard. Having had mold in my last two apartments, it’s sucks. It took me a month or so after moving to no longer have asthma…as it turns out, from mold. If I had to chose, I’d live without a washer, dryer, microwave, and dishwasher before I’d live with mold again.
If you do DIY, wear an industrial respirator, at least a half-face one like [link] . With proper particulate filters, and immediately wash any clothes after. Make sure you get everything, and stop every source of moisture. It will likely mean replacing portions of each of the cabinets, drywall, and maybe whatever baseboard is underneath the cabinet. It’s not going to be a cheap or easy job.
If you just moved in, ask your realtor if there’s any way this could be deemed the sellers responsibility, as a moldy home IS a safety issue.
If you're looking for a decently cheap alternative, we use these at the shipyard I work at:
They have a quick latch so you can drop it off your face and talk and then latch it back in a flash.
Maybe give this a try. It has a quick release latch so you can drop the mask down without actually taking it off if you need to talk. Still kind of a hassle if you have to do a lot of back and forth communication, but it sounds like the shit in the air isn’t doing you any favors.
I like these from 3M with the 2297 P100 filters. Not as low profile as the Miller masks, but I’m pretty sure the filters last longer, I usually change mine every few weeks, but it will depend on what kind of work you’re doing. I also like the way this one has a quick latch to drop the mask down without actually taking it off, and it also disassembles easily for cleaning.
I’d say change your respirator, not your hood. I’ve been using this for a couple years now. The exhale valve points straight down to avoid fogging under welding hoods and face shields.
Is the one I use. I actually can't use the hood without it since it rotates way too far and I end up looking at the top of the hood above the lens. With the respirator it just bumps into it and stops.
Remember you have about an inch of slide in the headgear adjustment to and from your face
In terms of relative risk, Costco is about the best, here. And, as someone else pointed out if this had happened (and I'm sure it does) at another business, they probably wouldn't even do anything about it so IMO them disclosing it is actually a good sign.
As far as safety, Target and other local grocery stores are smaller and things aren't as spaced out; Walmart is pretty big physically, but more crowded and full of antimaskers. As much as I want to support the local stores, staying healthy comes first.
Costco, things are relatively spread out. The physical size of the store is a huge advantage, as another commenter noted aerosol / droplet transmission is the big risk with Covid. Everyone is really good about wearing masks at my Costco, but not about keeping distance, unfortunately. When we go, we don't take chances and wear a half face respirator with p100 (higher than n95) filters. You have to really be on your toes otherwise people will walk past you <6 feet a way, so we also typically go on a monday or tuesday evening within an hour of closing, which I find is the quietest time to shop.
A cloth mask is absolutely NOT adequate for working with resin. The concern with resin is the fumes. A cloth mask is NOT capable of filtering out the hazardous fumes. Now depending on what specific resin you are using (check the msds sheets for that specific resin to see safety info) and how much ventilation you actually have you may be ok without the respirator but 1) lack of smell does not mean something is completely safe and 2) when working in a small space you may not actually have adequate ventilation, especially if you don't have doors and windows open for airflow. Do you have a deck/patio/balcony you can work on (weather dependent obviously) or a fan you can use to blow the air outside?
I have a half face respirator similar to this one with replaceable organic vapor cartridges.
Curious, why not?
For what it's worth I use one of these for when I paint models or spraypaint things. (They're restricted now because people are buying up PPE unnecessarily but I bought this over a year ago).
It's really comfortable and the quick latch makes it easy to temporarily remove to talk or drink something without taking off the whole thing.
But as I mentioned in the other post, it doesn't filter exhaust so while it may protect the wearer it won't do anything to prevent spreading vapor unless everyone has one.
As long as you can get organic vapor cartridges that fit the mask that should work. Mine is similar to this one. Do pay attention to the sizing of the respirator. They aren't one size fits all and if it doesn't fit on your face to create a good seal it's not going to work very well.
If the weather is ok for working on your balcony that would probably work at least for small stuff or if you are only doing castings occasionally. However I would double check the safety instructions as well as preferred temp and humidity ranges for your specific resin. If you are doing lots of casting or doing larger casts I would wear the respirator anyway because you can become sensitized to resin via exposure which can lead to no longer being able to work with resin.
I bought this in medium (not on amazon mind you) and it is pretty nice. Most 3m p100 (more filtration than n95) 3m bayonet filters will fit it.
I'd go full 3m half mask. I bought one a few weeks ago to do some paint removal and spray painting and it's comfortable enough that I'm planning on wearing it out there. I picked up the half-latch version just for convienence because it's nice to not have to pull the whole thing off my head to be able to drink--just unlatch and pull it down. I'd imagine the extra straps on the front will trap and hold some extra playa but hydration is king.
Then you need the actual filters. You can get the one-piece pink disc ones, they're about $15 for 3 of them (though I found them a bit cheaper somewhere else beside amazon) or you can get the more oblong shaped plastic/rubber housings with swappable filter mediums, which are cheaper over the long term. For normal woodworking I find a pink round disc lasts me about 6 months before it's coated and harder to breath through
Great! Here's the one I have [link]
I would say your average person should wear the next size down as its even a little large on my face (which tends to run large)
Ignore everybody's recommendation for specific products.
The respirator you should buy is the one you will wear.
Find one that you personally find comfortable, and that you can take it on and off without hassle. The easier it is for you to use and the more comfortable you find it, the more likely you will wear it.
That being said (and I know i am being slightly hypocritical recommending something now after my previous statements), a lot of people swear by the 3M respirators, and they make one with a "quick release" type of thing to make it easier. ([link])
I have the non quick release one, and i find it comfortable.
Another vote for DC first. Ideally a really good DC setup won't require any air cleaner at all.
But before you get either DC or an air cleaner, get a respirator
I have this one: [link] it's cheap and it's effective, the vents are downward so it doesn't clog my glasses, I can breathe at my normal volume of breath no problem. It's not uncomfortable and fits over my big face and over my girlfriend's smaller face.
Step 2 is to always wear the respirator when you're sanding or sawing. Especially in a basement this is a must
Something in this range is perfect. Paired with P100 mask filters.
3M Rugged Comfort Quick Latch Half Facepiece Reusable Respirator 6503QL/49492, Large [link]
I totally understand, in that case here are some things.
If you don't already have a set of 1/4" impact bits I highly recommend the Makita impact gold series, three options from $15-$30. Good strong bits good for everything not just impact drivers.
Their 1/2" and 3/8" wobble adapters are nice, you can get them by themselves, or in a pack with standard or metric impact sockets. $4-$5 by themselves or $15 with the sockets.
This Makita Impact GOLD Ultra-Magnetic Torsion Insert Bit Holder is also excellent. $5
How are you set for razor knives? The Milwaukee FASTBACK Compact is my daily and I love it. It does have one flaw, if you hold the blade section in a certain way for detail cutting you can depress the blade release. But once you get used to it it has not been a problem for me. $9
They have a special buy going in my area for the Fastback Flip, Fastback Compact Flip, and 50 blades for $15.
How about pliers. I love these tiny Cobras, they were part of my EDC at my last job. $26
6" models only $1 more. $27
7" only another $1. $28
Very very tough diagonal cutters. $35
For when you need a bit more oomph than your standard cutters, Mini bolt cutters. $44
The classic Swedish style pipe wrench, always make for an interesting conversation piece. $46
How are you set for PPE? I wear this respirator for 8 hours a day 5 days a week and I love it, after a few minutes you forget your even wearing it. And its super easy to just un-latch to speak to people then pop it back on.
Without filters at amazon. $19
Home depot does not sell the filters I use, but amazon does. $11
These are only particulate filters so if you do a lot of painting the set from home depot with the VOC filters would be better.
For hearing protection I had been using a set of 3M Peltor Optime 105's until I upgraded recently to a combo of 3M Peltor WS Alert XP's and 3M Peltor CH-5 High Attenuation Headset. The 105's offer extremely good protection for the money.
3M Peltor Optime 105 $20
If there are any specific categories of tools you would like a recommendation on let me know.
I like the 3m half mask with the quick latch. I use it with literally every kind of welding AND grinding. Lots of dust and smoke while metal working.
I actually ordered a low cost respirator from Amazon. I don't know if it's adequate for smoke like this, but I'll give it a try. I just ordered the 3M Particulate Filter 2097 for now.
I'm using this: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IF7RCU6. My only complaint is that the pressure on the bridge of my nose can cause a little pain after awhile. Other than that, it does a good job - I have a beard and wore it to remove and install some ceiling insulation in my shop, and I didn't even know there was a smell until I took the respirator off.
I wear a half face respirator
With p100 cartridges
Any time I have to go somewhere with a risk of exposure (mainly the grocery store). This is some of the best protection you can get to prevent exposure to yourself; it's good practice to cover the exhalation valve with a small piece of fabric or mask material. Though this particular model the valve points down, so even without it's at least as effective as a face shield for protecting others.
I saw this one i'm thinking about getting by 3M, of course the filters are separate. I'll try to find the one you linked for comparison.
This is what I have, it came with a pair of N100 filters: Respirator
Seconded, but with the quick latch.
3M quick latch
That's not true. A respirator is less than $20, a pack of P100 filters (MORE effective than N95) will run you $25 and they're good for 6 months.
Sterile technique is very effective, it's what we use in hospitals.
Consider a 3m 6500 series mask. It's available in small/medium/large. Get the one with Q in the model number- it has a really cool quick flip thing that you can flip up and the mask hangs down on your neck.
You'll need cartridges, there are a whole bunch that filter out various things. I'd suggest the 3m 60926 combo P100/multivapor, that seems to check the most boxes of all their offerings, although it does create a bit of resistance to the inhale. You could get a cartridge that focuses on those specific substances you'll be exposed to with less air resistance. Someone who's actually a welder is more likely to know which substances those are- I'm just a random IT nerd who'd love to start but isn't ready to drop ~$1200 on a new hobby right now. :)
All the tips here are good. But it will hardly matter, until you start doing proper research and exploration on your own.
Watch the following folks youtube channels...
You will make a mess, you will have failures, take it slow and steady. Start small.
Personally, I would make sure you have proper ventilation and if not, get respirator like this...
And use cartridges like these...
Because the fumes can cause allergic reactions. As soon as you start to feel something is off, it can escalate very quickly. Resin and alcohol fumes can cause sensitization https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK234810/
Anyhow, don't be afraid. Just be smart. Also, alcohol (IPA, Ethanol, etc) are EXTREMELY flammable. Be really mindful.
Scared yet :D
3m Quick Latch
And the appropriate cartridge. I think this is the one
Should be under or around $50, your lungs are worth it! Plus as a bonus you can take these off and slap on the P100 rounds for excellent dust filtration.
If you need cheaper and can get to a Home Depot this one is $32
When you put it on, do quick seal check by putting your hands over the filter intakes and sucking in. You shouldn't be able to get any air besides what's in the mask itself, and the mask should kind of suck inward.
I recommend opting for a reusable respirator. This pandemic isn’t going away anytime soon, so it’s worth the investment. Plus they are still attainable.
CDC guidance on P95 (basically N95 with additional protection against solvents) [link]
Your typical covid mask doesn't, but I have found P100s pretty effective:
Half Mask - [link]
P100 filters - [link]
I also have a respirator you could borrow, but no filters, if u/Lathe_Time 's offer doesn't pan out. This model: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IF7RCU6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_image?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Don't see any filters on amazon but you might have luck calling around big box stores or local hardware shops. DM me if you need it, I'm in town all weekend.
Second that! Get a 3M full face respirator off Amazon. Makes a huge difference when you start grinding that G10.[link]
I use a 3M half face mask that does a pretty good job keeping stuff out, even with an extended goatee. Might not work as well with a big bushy beard.
If you're really worried, you could go with the Resp-O-Rator but it looks kind of uncomfortable to me.
For the compressor, make sure really read that review by "Mike".
Just a thought about the respirator, this one costs less and has a quick release?
Pretty comfortable and doesn't fog up my glasses. The filters also provide some (not a lot) help with fumes from finishing.
This would be good for any of your woodworking jobs.