Dustless Technologies makes a drywall vacuum to go along with their Turbo Drywall Sander. The Dustless Wet Dry Vacuum is designed to capture the fine dust created by drywall sanding. When used together, they are part of a smart dust control system that protects renovation, painting and drywall contractors from dust in the air.
Comply with EPA, OSHA and NIOSH with certified solutions from the leader in smart dust control – Dustless Technologies. Products included a full line of wet/dry vacuums, HEPA vacuums, vacuum accessories and specialty tools for construction, woodworking and industrial applications.
Dustless Wet Dry Vacuum
The heart of the system is the Dustless® Wet Dry Vacuum. It is not your typical shop vacuum. Tradition shop vacuums are not designed to capture the extra fine dust from diamond blades, diamond grinding wheels and drywall sanders. Cheap shop vacuums are fine for course saw dust and dirt but they cough and spew fine dust whenever they are turned on.
The Dustless® Wet Dry Vacuum has a patented double filter system that can be cleaned without opening the canister to keep extra fine dust from getting airborne. An optional micro pre-filter also captures particles down to .5 microns. That’s almost as effective as a HEPA filter, which captures particles down to .3 microns.
We also offer a Dustless® HEPA Wet Dry Vacuum for remodelers and contractors that need to meet OSHA, EPA and NIOSH guidelines. The HEPA vacuum is certified to meet critical standards.
You can also get a Dustless® Wet Dry Vacuum with patented ToolSync™ technology that enables contractors and remodelers to turn power tools off and on in tandem with the Dustless® Wet Dry Vacuum. The ToolSync™ system is designed so that you can run both the vacuum and a larger hand grinder off the same circuit without blowing a fuse. ToolSync™ is for the professional that wants to maximize job site efficiency and avoid the hassles associated with blown fuses.
ToolSync™ Wireless Synchronization System for Vacuums and Power Tools
Dustless® Certified HEPA Wet Dry Vacuum for Smart Dust Control
HEPA Pack™ Backpack Vacuum
Turbo Drywall Sander
EPA Lead-Safe Regulations – What every contractor should know.
These regulations affect any contractor including renovators, electricians, HVAC specialists, plumbers, painters and maintenance staff who disrupts more than six square feet (per day) of lead paint in pre-1978 homes, schools, churches, day care centers and other places where children spend time.
While these new regulations currently impact only a segment of commercial facilities, contractors should start getting prepared for 2013, when the EPA is considering broader regulations targeting commercial properties.
Accredited training is required to become a Certified Renovator. One Certified Renovator is needed for each job site. Firms must also apply to EPA and pay a fee ($300) in order to become Certified Renovator Firms. A refresher course is needed every 5 years to maintain/renew certification.
There are two general types of methods used to determine whether a facility has lead paint or not: portable X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer and chemical spot tests. XRF analyzers can cost upwards of $30,000 so many smaller contractors opt to go with chemical spot tests which simply involves rubbing a swab on the surface and squeezing the swab shaft to release chemicals. If the swab turns pink, it indicates the presence of lead. This system is quick, easy, accurate and cost effective with a price of approximately $3.00 per swab manufactured by Hybrivet, under the brand name LeadCheck.
If lead is detected, the EPA requires contractors to give facility owners a lead hazard information pamphlet title “Renovation Right” provided by the EPA. Once work begins, the EPA requires contractors to 1) contain the work area, 2) minimize dust and 3) clean up thoroughly.
Containing the work area typically involves plastic sheeting and masking off vents and other openings that could potentially let harmful dust particles escape into other parts of the facility. Zipwall makes a flexible dust barrier system that gives contractors a quick, easy and effective way to create virtually airtight work areas.
Minimizing the dust can be done with a variety of tools. At the center of a contractor’s dust control system is a certified HEPA vacuum that captures dust particles down to 0.3 micron. When shopping for a vacuum, contractors should be sure to get one that is recommended for hazardous materials. Read the fine print on the box. Some vacuum manufacturers offer a retrofit HEPA filter for their traditional shop vacuums, but many of these will not pass field inspection, so it is wise to acquire a vacuum designed with tighter tolerances to retain HEPA integrity.
HEPA filters are significantly more expensive than typical vacuum filters, ranging anywhere from $90 to $250 each, so contractors should evaluate the longterm cost of ownership. Some manufacturers incorporate pre-filters to extend the life of the HEPA filter. An effective pre-filter captures particles down to 0.5 microns to leave only the tiniest particles for the HEPA filter. Coarser pre-filters shorten the life of the HEPA filter.
Water can also shorten the life of a HEPA filter dramatically; in fact, almost instantly. Many HEPA vacuums can be used for wet pick up, but contractors should pay close attention to the instructions, or they could end up buying a new HEPA filter quicker than originally planned. The Fein Turbo II HEPA Vacuum requires that you replace the HEPA filter with a regular filter prior to undertaking wet pick up. The Nilfisk Euroclean requires a special float chamber be installed. The Attix HEPA vacuum is not recommended for wet operation. The Dustless HEPA Wet/Dry Vacuum has an interior baffle/wall that keeps water away from the HEPA filter so it can go from dry to wet operation without stopping to make adjustments.