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 Post subject: A Room with a View: Mac's Glove Box
PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 5:58 am 
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May 4, 2009 update:

I thought this might help. As fiberglass dust is very harmful to the lungs, any level of protection you can get is an investment towards your health. A while back I invested in a sandblasting box, and love it tremendously. They're not hard to find.

Here's an affordable brand I bought off ebay.

http://www.completehydraulic.com/sandbl ... inets.html



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After doing a lot of sanding, filing and grinding on fiberglass kits and having dust all over me, in my clothes, irritating my skin, causing me to sneeze, and being just downright miserable, it suddenly dawned on me that in biology labs where they deal with contageous diseases they have these boxes where they can look into the inside, and the way they interact with the internal environment was these two holes of oversized rubber gloves.

Well, I did the low-tech version. Here's a cardboard box with some plexiglass on the top. This has done WONDERS for me.

In the sides you see two holes. Not shown are rubber sheeting "curtains".

Also, when dealing with FG, I wear latex gloves, and then I also wrap my forearms in industrial sarawrap.

When I grind or file, there is no way little chunks can get in my eyes now. They just bounce off the plexiglass.

You still have to wear a respirator or a breathing mask. But the box contains a great deal of mess.


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So absolutely straightforward, obvious and clever... THANKS for sharing this! :thumbsup


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 3:25 pm 
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Its almost too simple...;)

Seriously though Mac, I appreciate you bringing this up as for alot of people (myself included) have ignored the fact that we'll need to be able to breathe later in life. I have been using protection for sometime now but it is a good reminder and a simple and easy way to be safe.

Very nice Mac!!


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 11:44 pm 
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Breath shmeath.....later in life we can all wear our vader helmets with real iron lungs....it'll be cool. :blah

Seriously though...great idea Mac. :thumbsup


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Mac, you never cease to amaze me! :thumbsup

Its just brilliant in its simplisity!


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 7:12 pm 
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Guys,

Thank you all, but I need to point out that you STILL need to use a respirator or breathing mask.

When you insert your arms into the holes, ideally there would be plastic sheet sleeves for you to slip your arms into. But there is still a chance that FG dust can escape those holes.

I set this up for two reasons: 1) a first line of defense against the dust (as the dust had a tendency to overwhelm my breathing mask and get all over my working jumpsuit) and 2) as eye protection.

Please also take all the necessary precautions.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 12:36 am 
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Reminds me of "The Glovebox"

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I work at a Planetarium that does space shuttle simulations. You guys could do all your fiberglass work there! :lol


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Yes, that was precisely my inspiration. I just didn't know what they were called.


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http://www.labsafety.com/search/nitrile+shoulder/41956/

I also purchased some shoulder-length safety gloves. There are various makes and brands out in the market, ranging from disposables to hi-durability neoprene.

I like this because Nitrile seems more flexible than Neoprene and is treated with an anti-bacterial agent which means it won't get stinky. Unfortunately, shipping for 1 pair is $10, but ah well. I am also using Nitrile because I may end up using my box to minimize fumes from using denatured alcohol and paint removers. Certain paint removers will eat even latex gloves, so hopefully this will handle it.

I've done some heavy duty Dremeling which has resulted in a lot of dust escaping through the hole, so not only will I have to build some sleeves into the holes, these shoulder-length gloves will keep FG dust off my arms.


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You know something else you could ad to this would be a small shop vac. I'm sure it would be an easy hook up and would clear away most of the dust while sanding. Kind of like the blasting cabinets we have at the body shop. Just a thought. :toothy


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True. In an ideal situation, this would be a smooth interior wooden box, and the glass would be at a 45 degree angle. However, I actually have no problem looking down into the box with it propped up on my work bench.

But I can also simply vacuum this out by removing the glass.

The vacuum is noisy, unfortunately. It may have the effect of sucking some of the fumes out as well. Sometimes when you're Dremmelling away at certain plastics or resins, the heat build up creates a vapor....

.... Mmmmm... Vaaaapooorrr.....

... and causes you to see... pretty... funny...

things.....


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LOL....yes I to know the vapor.


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Mac...do you ever stop coming up with great ideas? What do you do for a living?

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I forage for food, hoping to make enough to buy props, but some people (thick, heavy, sarcastic tone) tell me, "Mac, why not MAKE your own props? Where's the fun in just buying someone else's."

So... hundreds upon hundreds of dollars later...

*Groan* :hehe-err


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 Post subject: Re: A Room with a View: Mac's Glove Box
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Ya know, something like this would be PERFECT for apartment living. Cut some holes in the bottom and a few fittings for your Dremel, or whatever tool you needed to use. Cool idea, Mac.


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