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Surviving Stressful Home Renovations

Chapter 7: Dealing with Dust

Keep your remodeling from becoming a hack job.

Cough, hack, sneeze, wheeze.

Dust on a job site can make living with a remodeling project a miserable experience. If you're not careful, and diligent, dust can get into nearly every nook and cranny of your home (blech!).

While there's absolutely no way of avoiding it altogether, there are some tips to keep dust to a minimum.

Stop it in its tracks

Stop it in its tracks. Dust moves through your home in two ways. Through the air. And on people's clothes and shoes.

To keep airborne dust from gaining free passage throughout your house, employ large plastic sheeting, duct tape and self-adhering Velcro to hold the dust barrier in place.

There are also a few excellent commercial dust barrier products on the market, some of which even have built-in zippers to let people move through the barrier part of the time, but stop dust from making the trip the rest of the time. To keep dust from hitching a ride, set up a station where people who are moving through the house can get rid of dusty clothes or dust off with a vacuum or brush, and make everyone wear those silly looking antistatic booties on their feet.

Yes, they look dumb, but they're a smart way to keep dust from getting everywhere.

Keep after it

Keep after it. No dust elimination method is 100% effective, so you'll need to dust, vacuum and damp mop on a regular basis. Or rather, your spouse will - aren't they lucky?

Televisions, loudspeakers, computers and any other large electronic device will actually create a static field that attracts dust from several feet away, and many of these same items are black, so they show off a coating of dust quite well. Be sure to clean these items often. And cover electronics when not in use.

Set up a schedule so that you're only dusting a little bit each day. That way, your house will feel cleaner, and you'll feel less exhausted.

Stop it at the source.

Stop it at the source. A lot can be done at the point where dust is manufactured to keep it from flying all over your home.

For example, you can talk to your contractor about simple dust collection techniques they can use with power tools, table saws and sanders to suck up dust before it ever gets into the air. Second, you can place a large box fan in a window of the room being renovated. The dust will move out before it has a chance to move in. Finally, make sure you keep your job site as clean as possible.

With fewer piles of dust on the job site, even less will make it into your living room. Then you can breathe easy.

Next: Chapter 8: Keeping Track of Money.

Surviving The Stress of Home Renovations.

Chapter 1 : Keeping The Peace

Chapter 2 : Contract Basics

Chapter 3 : Surviving the Noise.

Chapter 4: The Right Stuff, Not the least expensive

Chapter 5: Living without Utilities

Chapter 6: Deliberate Decisions/Painless Changes.

Chapter 7: Dealing with Dust

Chapter 8: Keeping Track of Money.