Figure it only a matter of time before I get banned for posting too much
but until then I have a few more burning questions. This one might get a little long and involved but I feel its curtail to my new shop so here goes... And it'll be a long one!
First off short back story (as usual):
I'll use broad strokes here. Most of you know by now I'm setting up my own shop in half my dad's garage. After a few months of woodworking out there I bought an air cleaner. It's manual pull strings with no timer or auto shut off or anything. Pretty bare bones. It does a good job but I'm not sure if the placement is correct. It takes air in on both sides and exhausts it though one face. Here's the cleaner in its original configuration:
The placement was later shifted 90* with the vent aimed towards the garage door. Here's a drawing of the current placement:
Note the additional walls drawn. They are temporary walls to keep dust and some noise out if the other half of the garage. The main dividing wall is 2x4 studs covered in 1/4 Luan. There is a 10" gap at the top of the dividing wall where I am placing furnace filters to help keep cross ventilation flowing through to the other side where our dogs sleep (my side has all the window and theirs has a screened storm door) The filters are obviously to stop dust. Here's the wall:
I don't feel that the way the cleaner is currently set up it isn't functioning properly. I think that the air isnt being cycled and it pushes more dust away than it collects.
There are two solutions I've thought of:
One: leave filter where it is, attach duct work to the vent and have it blow out the the other half (it's 1 micron so no harmful dust particles) or rig it to vent out the window, but having casements this could be hard. Here's a diagram:
Realizing that proper ventilation scenarios dictate that the cleaner be placed on one wall as to pull the air in and circulate it through the whole room I thought of shifting it 90* again and placing it next to the wall with the vent aimed towards the filters at the top of the wall. The only problem that I have with that is the proper scenarios I mentioned use this placement so the vent blows air out IN LINE to properly circulate it. This would simply suck it in and exhaust it to the other side. Here's a diagram of that idea:
Note the garage door track and beam drawn in to illustrate obstructions in placement of the cleaner anywhere else.
Both these idea of course are intended to further enhance proper air flow through the garage.
I'm looking into getting a rockler dust right cleaner with the remote and timer but I would like to wait until I'm making more money and also with the ability to open the garage door to force or clean dust out in the summer, I feel it can wait until colder months. I would most likely keep this for carving, hand sanding of extram oomph on the floor as it is designed to be portable as well as permanent.
Let me know what you think! Back to cleaning for me!