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Anyone have any suggestions for keeping dust out of my equipment?

I'm setting up some woodworking tools in my basement, and want to put 2 channel audio in the workshop. Even though I have a dust collection system (1.5HP Delta 12 CFM ducted + ceiling mounted 850 CFM unit for secondary dust), I'd like to put 1-2 components in the shop.

Also, my whole-house audio equipment is going into the basement.

Basically 2 problems:

1. Cabinet for 1-2 components.
2. Rack enclosure.

Any/all suggestions/comments appreciated.

I'm thinking that whatever option(s) I choose, I'm going to end up with a filters on intake vents.

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Anyone have any suggestions for keeping dust out of my equipment?

1. Cabinet for 1-2 components.
2. Rack enclosure.

You can certainly get sealed/filtered enclosures for placing computer gear in hazardous environments, and with appropriate shelves these can be used for just about any sort of electronics. The problem is that this is likely to be a high-end item with industrial certifications and corresponding high-end prices. For example the Black Box ClimateCab is about two feet high, wall-mountable, and has an integrated air conditioner -- but lists for around $2700.
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You can certainly get sealed/filtered enclosures for placing computer gear in hazardous environments, and with appropriate shelves these can be used for just about any sort of electronics. The problem is that this is likely to be a high-end item with industrial certifications and corresponding high-end prices. For example the Black Box ClimateCab is about two feet high, wall-mountable, and has an integrated air conditioner -- but lists for around $2700.

$27.00 - that's just MSRP. I can shave at least 10% off that...

Oh, wait.

What?

Hey, yeah, dododge, thanks for that.

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$2700, includes air conditioner.

$1000, NEMA 12 rated enclosure only, includes fan.

So the secret phrase is "NEMA 12", for dust control.

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I would set it up in a closet or another room in your basement, and use an IR repeater off of your whole house audio gear or one of those pyramid IR/RF units. I hope you are separating your gear and whole house equipment away from the dust in another room.
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Any/all suggestions/comments appreciated.


I have had receivers/boom-boxes in my very dusty wood shop for years, I do not have a dust control system and everything is covered in dust. I do not have a hermetically sealed space for the receiver. I just vacuum it off once and awhile.

Buy a cheep receiver off of Craig's list and forget about it.
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BIG, you're awesome.

This is what I wanted to hear.


This is the perfect solution...until I install the whole-house audio system.

Which, unfortunately, is going in the basement.

I think I'll need to consult and HVAC specialist, eventually, to keep the dust out of the rest of the basement. Currently, the only return is in the kids playroom, so all dust will be heading that way.

I did some sanding with the random orbital last night, hooked up to the 1200 CFM 110v collector. The amount of dust is significantly reduced, compared with no collector, but it will definately be a problem. I haven't installed the ceiling-mounted unit yet, but that should help a little too.

Maybe I can get away with delaying the HVAC return revision for 6 years, at which time the playroom becomes a media room.

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BIG, or anyone else, what furnace filter should I use? Tell me your favorite make/model. I need to buy a box, for the HVAC return.

There are several 'vents/grills' in the walls in the basement (I forget the correct name for them, I think BIG mentioned the name in another thread) that allow air to pass from room to room, to get back to the main return duct opening. I bet if I add filtration to a couple of them, it will help.

Eventually, I'll have to add a dedicated return from the workshop, with some good filtering, to avoid dust in the rest of the basement.

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If you find that dust migrates out of your workshop you should think about installing a simple exhaust fan that sends the air in the workshop outside. Hook it up like a bathroom exhaust fan and use a Dryer vent cover on the outside. Leave it on while you are doing your wood working and it will create a negative pressure in the shop compared to the other rooms. That means all drafts with be into the workshop and the dust will not migrate to other rooms. You could even get a delay shut off wall switch that leave is on a little bit after you leave.
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Thanks, Big. I'm trying to avoid venting to the outside - I already have that problem in the basement bathroom. Currently not 'to code', I believe.

Any tip on furnace filters? Good model or rec'd material/design?

HEPA vs. pleated? Electrostatic?

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