1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

September 4, 2008

:248 Dust Curtain

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:248 EcoTip: A dust curtain is another name for a containment barrier that can be used during remodeling and construction to help isolate dust and debris to the work area so that it is less likely to travel throughout the rest of a home. A dust curtain is simply a sheet of polyethylene plastic that is sealed at doorways to prevent the construction dusts from passing. Ideally you will enter and exit the construction area directly from the outside to help avoid tracking dust and debris through the home. Dust curtains work best with air flow controls – which is the topic for tomorrow.

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Taping polyethylene plastic directly to painted and other sensitive surfaces with duct tape can damage them when the tape is removed. Affixing the plastic with quick release tape (the special blue or green tapes) typically doesn’t have the strength to hold up by itself. To keep the plastic in place – afix 2″ or 3″ quick release tape to the wall around the door then use duct tape to adhere the plastic to the quick release tape. This will provide a stronger attachment for the dust curtain without causing the same degree of damage. You can frequently send the plastic to a recycling center when your done.

If there is a door present you can use the quick release tape to seal the seams and skip the plastic.

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