Dealing With Dust: Five Things You Need to Know Before Cutting Concrete

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Cutting concrete can be a dusty process, and if you are planning to start a project soon, you need to have a plan to deal with dust. There are a number of aspects to consider. Here are some tips to help you:

1. Protect your mouth and eyes.

Wet concrete can give you skin burns, and because of that, you should wear clothing and work clothes that adequately cover your skin while working.

However, concrete dust can damage your eyes and your lungs. To protect these areas, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes and a mask over your mouth to protect your lungs.

2. Ventilate your work space.

To further reduce the chance of inhaling concrete dust, make sure that your work space is ventilated. If you are working outside, you don't have to worry about ventilation, but if you are working instead, you should cover your HVAC vents to prevent dust from migrating to other parts of the building.

In addition, you should also ventilate the room where you are cutting concrete to the outside. You can easily make your own ventilation system -- just set a fan in the window and position it to blow air outside

3. Keep it wet.

Whether you are working inside or outside, you can reduce concrete dust by keeping your work surface wet. Outside, it works well to lay your hose near the concrete so that water is constantly trickling on it as you work. Inside, you may want to use a spray bottle full of water.

Wet dust clumps together and stays in place, rather than flying around and bothering you.

4. Invest in dust reducers.

There are special products made to reduce the dust in concrete cutting projects. In particular, you can buy dust reducing systems that fit onto your concrete cutter. These consist of a shield that prevents dust from flying upward off the blade. In many cases, these dust reducers are also attached to a small water source that keeps the blade wet as you use it.

5. Embrace wax instead of chalk.

Dealing with concrete dust can involve a lot of water. Unfortunately, while the water moistens the dust and stops it from flying around, it also erases chalk. If you typically use chalk to marks lines when you do building projects, you should switch to a wax pencil. If you mark the concrete with wax before you start cutting, the water won't wash it away.

For more information, contact Robert Guy & Sons Pty Ltd or a similar company.


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