Using the Dylos DC1100 Air Quality Monitor in a Woodworking Shop

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Rockler Woodworking and Hardware Retail Store Houston TX

Manager - Max Quenon

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware
3265 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027
Phone - (713) 622-6567

I  went to Rockler Woodworking and Hardware in Houston TX on Sunday Jan 13, 2008.

Max Quenon the manager of store was kind enough to let me measure the air particulate created by a wood engraving / router machine using plywood.

This simple experiment took 15 minutes and demostrates why dust collecting equipment is important in a woodworking shop.

The OUTDOOR AIR in Houston Tx

Dylos Air Monitor Reading was 32 at >1 micron.

This means that there are 3,200 particles greater than 1 micron per cubic foot. 

This is a very good air quality day for Houston TX.  (Highway 59 @ Edloe / Buffalo Speedway area).

The INDOOR AIR QUALITY at Rockler Woodworking and Hardware Retail Store in Houston TX was reading 45.

This means that there are 4,500 particles greater than 1 micron per cubic foot in the air inside the store.

This shows that the indoor air quality is worst than the outdoor air.

The wood engraving / router equipment was enclosed in a clear plastic housing.

I measured the air coming out of a 2 inch circular hole. This would normally be connected to a vacuum hose. Here are the readings. The router equipment ran only 6 minutes.

Time in minutes @ >1.0 micron Readings @ >5.0 micron Readings  
Start 47 3 Start the router / engraver / with plywood
1 minute 45 @>1.0 micron Reading 1 @>5.0 micron Reading  
2 45 1  
3 46 3  
4 55 4  
5 minute 91 @>1.0 micron Reading 13 @>5.0 micron Reading  
6 144 23  
7 203 28 The equipment / motor was turned off.
8 351 41 Bad Air Quality
9 320 41 Bad Air Quality
10 minute 583 @>1.0 micron Reading 52 @>5.0 micron Reading Bad Air Quality
Lung Damaging Dust Size Particles are from 0.5 to 7.0 microns

At this point there are 58,300 lung damaging dust size particles per cubic foot greater than 1.0 micron.

At this point there are 5,200 lung damaging dust size particles per cubic foot greater than 5.0 micron. 

This test shows that your lungs can be exposed to plywood dust and the chemicals that are used to make the plywood.

11 442 31 Bad Air Quality
12 204 11  
13 125 7  
14 118 7  
15 minute 95 @>1.0 micron Reading 4 @>5.0 micron Reading  

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Dylos Air Monitor 0.5 & 5.0 Micron Professional Version

 

Air Filters MERV Parameters

MERV Value Group E1
Avg Eff. %
(0.30 to 1.00)
Group E2
Avg Eff. %
(1.00 to 3.00)
Group E3
Avg Eff. %
(3.00 to 10.00)
Dylos Air Monitor 0.5 & 5.0 Micron Professional Version > 0.5 micron > 5 micron
Dylos Air Monitor 1.0 & 5.0 Micron Home Version > 1 micron > 5 micron
MERV Value for Air Filters Group E1
Avg Eff. %
(0.30 to 1.00)
Group E2
Avg Eff. %
(1.00 to 3.00)
Group E3
Avg Eff. %
(3.00 to 10.00)
1 MERV Value n/a n/a E3<20
2 n/a n/a E3<20
3 n/a n/a E3<20
4 Fiberglass Furnace Air Filter n/a n/a E3<20
5 n/a n/a 20<35
6 Pleated Furnace Air Filter n/a n/a 35<50
7 n/a n/a 50<70
8 Commercial Building Filter n/a n/a 70
9 n/a E2<50 85
10 n/a 50<65 85
11 Hospital Prefilters n/a 65<80 85
12 n/a 80 90
13 E1<75 90 90
14 75<85 90 90
15 85<95 90 90
16 95 95 95

Roger Unger

My testing shows that the Dylos 1 micron / 5 micron air monitor is best monitor to show air particulate in a woodwork shop.

By the way it is less expensive than the 0.5 micron Air Monitor.

Sandy

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01/13/2008