I'm about to rerun my dust collection ducts because I've built several tool carts and have added more tool stations that need dust collection drops...
I'm adding a grinder, drill and router station - sanding and miter sawing will continue to be done outside (I set up a tent for these tasks on demand) - way too messy for my small shop LOL.
I have the HF dust collector (you can see it in the corner) which has the dust ducts on the bottom.
Currently, I am running the black sewer pipe (6") from the port going up the wall and across the ceiling.
I know I should probably be using no ridge piping, but this is what I have at the moment.
I'll be installing Y connectors either way with ridge piping connecting the stations.
So my questions are:
Since the port is on the bottom of the collector should I run the duct along the floor and come up at each station or continue to run it up the wall and then come down at each station? My table saw duct will have to come down from the ceiling just because of where the saw is located, but the others are located against the wall.
Should the gates be located high or low? In other words, should the gates be located close to station (doesn't that create suction within the "Y" connector?) or should the gates be located in the 6" pipe?
This unit has 2 ports. I have one of them closed off - I read somewhere I would get better suction if the 2nd port were open. True?
I've read that using PVC is a potential fire hazard due to static electricity - if I used PVC for some of the ducting, is this something I need to be concerned with or should I avoid PVC altogether? Would I have to ground the system if I used the metal ducting?
Thanks as always in advance.