House of Dust
By Randy Walker
To keep airborne dust from
getting into the house, I bought
a dust collector for my basement
workshop. I wanted to start with
a clean slate, so I decided to rid
the shop of a decade’s worth of
dust that had collected on the
ductwork, pipes, lights, shelves,
and so forth.
I opened the basement doors
and turned on the whole house
fan, which is located in the hallway
ceiling on the second floor.
Then I used my shop vacuum as
a blower to dislodge the dust.
It worked like a charm. The
clouds of dust that billowed off
everything I pointed the wand
at were efficiently drawn up the
Unfortunately, most of the
dust never left the house.
Instead, it took up residence on
every furnishing, from tables to
tea cups. I am now on upstairs
cleanup duty until further
notice. No good deed goes
This story originally appeared in American Woodworker March 2008, issue #134.