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I Came... I Sawed.... I Fixed - by Linda

Linda - our New England immigrant - is our resident Ms Fix-It.

Her column is updated every weekday or thereabouts, so check back often for new secrets and tips.

Serious Silica Breathing Business

By now we should be figuring out that breathing anything other than clean air isn't much good for us and the list of hazards in the construction work place just keeps getting longer.

You don't have to be constructing a skyscraper to be exposed to health hazards, as many of them can exist when working on the house.

Your newest breathing no-no is silica more commonly know as sand.

The material in itself is not toxic but when silica dust becomes airborne and is breathed in it doesn't come out and the body is unable to eliminate it.

There is a cumulative effect with serious respiratory consequences.

When is silica dust created?

Cutting, drilling, sanding or breaking up any masonry material can create silica dust.

The good news is that it never has to reach the lungs if proper respiratory protection is employed.

Do you have Home Repair ideas or secrets to share or have a question?

You can Write to Linda!.

Include your first initial and last name and put the words HOME REPAIR in the subject.

I'll try to use your contribution in a future column.

(Please note that these columns are written several weeks in advance so publishing it will be delayed accordingly.)

Linda, Red and Pup

Hope this helps tame some of your day-to-day little Home Repair beasties.


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