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    I have a few questions. I received a MSA (model 00817662) R95 respirator from HD for Xmas.
    • Is this sufficient for woodworking/sanding?
    • What are others using, if any?
    • Do you wear one for other jobs in the shop?
    • How often do you change the filters?
    Thanks in advance for your replies.…Pat

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    Re: Respirator questions

    Originally posted by PMR413 View Post
    I have a few questions. I received a MSA (model 00817662) R95 respirator from HD for Xmas.
    • Is this sufficient for woodworking/sanding?
    • What are others using, if any?
    • Do you wear one for other jobs in the shop?
    • How often do you change the filters?
    Thanks in advance for your replies.…Pat
    The Wood Whisperer has a recent video about respirator use in the wood shop that I think all will find useful and answer many of your questions.

    You can view it online here:
    http://thewoodwhisperer.com/87-dust-in-time/
    "It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?" Bob D. 2006

    https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerToolInstitute

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      Re: Respirator questions

      Spend some time learning about respirators and what they protect against. It's very important to learn before using. Looks like the MSA site has some training materials.

      http://www.msasafetyworks.com/catalog/product1130.html

      Some basics: when in doubt change the cartridges
      if you're using them while handling solvents, be sure you're using the correct ones and keep the respirator in a sealed ziploc bag when not using it, or put new cartridges on for every use.
      NEVER hang a respirator by the straps.
      Learn how to do a fit test on yourself.

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