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    Hi, Do any of you recycle the dust collected in your vacuums? I know its a bit pickey but it does work, we mix it with new gear and use it for putting on internals, only if we are supplying that is. You can claw back loads of materal this way and thats gotta be good for the pocket ooooops i mean environment. This is one way to get 150% use from your joint cement, who else does it?

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    This has crossed my mind when I've been tossing around a bags worth of dust in a skip.
    Never did it because theres all kinds of crap sticking to the plasterboard surface that also gets sucked up by the sander. Like muddy footprints on the walls and ceiling (i hate that) etc, left by considerate guys that hung the sheeting.
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    always assumed it would flake off and lose strength and it would crumble not saying it does not work just assumed

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    Quote Originally Posted by crack filler View Post
    always assumed it would flake off and lose strength and it would crumble not saying it does not work just assumed
    Never known it to do that, as long as you mix it with virgin gear on a sensible ratio it would not be a cause for concern.Just make sure it clean dust.

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    Virgin gear? LOL This is the most environmentally friendly comment we've had in a while.

    This gears maybe OK through the gun but I defintely wouldnt box with it. Thanks for the money making tip, every little helps when every pennys a prisoner.

    PS. Is the taping gear manufactured in Colombia that it costs nearly 20 a bag these days?
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    Are you guys serious? Surely once the material has set you cannot reuse it even as dust added to new stuff? this must effect the finished job and indeed the integrity of the finish? Any Chemists out there who can give an opinion?
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    yep i do i throw it a folk like a massive smoke bomb,then hide like a ninja,, its realy quite funny until the poor person takes an asthma attack then i feel stupid!!!so please dont try that,,unless you can record it and show uslol

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    What ratio are you mixing the dust to new powder? You say you have not seen it peeling off but have you gone back to check work that you did say 6 months ago using a mix of sanding dust and new powder?
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_legend View Post
    yep i do i throw it a folk like a massive smoke bomb,then hide like a ninja,, its realy quite funny until the poor person takes an asthma attack then i feel stupid!!!so please dont try that,,unless you can record it and show uslol

    just for science purposes what do you wrap it in to throw it in

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    I'd of thought using the old dust would just make your gear go off (set) a hell of a lot quicker

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    Its been exactly a year since this post is anyone recycling sanding dust yet?
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    I'm still guilty of not recycling.
    Sometimes threads get buried under new entries so its better to start a new one. The forum should still link them under similar threads
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    not a good idea.

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    And the date today is...........?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyM View Post
    And the date today is...........?
    Youre the only member who spotted it Tony. Turrican might have got another year from that without anyone noticing....

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    Nice one Turrican I fell for it, never did it but fell for it

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    I once was on this job with a few coworkers when one of them came up to me and said the mud was weird ......( setting type , wondertex , by hand )
    I asked him which bag he got it out of , he pointed to the bag and i could not detect anything wrong.
    Then i went mixing a bunch a bit later on , noticed it was mixing a bit weird .....also noticed my other coworker who was sanding running around laughing a lot....
    One strike with the trowel and i knew there was something wrong ...yet could not figure out what it was.
    Untill my laughing coworker came clean , he had filled a used bag with sanding dust

    Lukcilly it was a "house of the future" which was only build temporary ...and i had not filled a lot of joints with it

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    ( Terrible job btw , the inner drywall indeed followed the outer walls as you see it here , luckily not all walls were drywalled )

    ( ow and sorry for the zombie resurrection )

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    Where was this job? and welcome to the site.
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    Amsterdam , and thanks for the welcome.
    I'll introduce myself later on , if i would do it now it would just be one big rant about how craftmanship is not appreciated anymore , prices being way too low etc etc.
    It is comforting to know these issues are not exclusive for the Netherlands
    (including the reusing of sanding dust , hehe )

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