How to Contain Dust During Demolition and Remodeling

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Whether you're trying to contain dust during demolition of drywall, plaster, or remodeling the idea is the same. Uncontained dust can cause a huge mess throughout the entire house adding hours of cleaning to any job and breathing problems for susceptible family members. Take precautions to avoid problems.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic sheeting
  • Utility knife
  • Painter's tape
  • Look around the room where you need to work to determine where air enters and leaves the room. This includes doors, windows, air vents and any other openings.

  • Designate one doorway to be your main entryway to the room. Using thin plastic sheeting to seal off all the other areas you identified in Step 1, except for exterior windows.

  • Place fans blowing outward in all exterior windows and leave these running throughout the demolition or remodeling to remove as much dust as possible from the room.

  • Tape a sheet of plastic to the top, sides and bottom of the doorframe of the door you have designated as your main entryway to the room. Take a sharp utility knife and cut a slit down the middle of the plastic.

  • Hang an equal-sized piece of plastic from the opposite side of the door frame by taping it only at the top. It gives you a door you can enter and leave through without allowing dust to escape during demolition or remodeling.

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