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    respirators?

    i used to be the first guy laying face down in a bat of insulation without even thinking about it, and just dealing with all the irritation. But since i had my first kid now i think of things a little different.....now i picture all the **** that i see floating in the air in the illumination of my droplight, and i just imagine how that stuff is just loading up in my lungs, doing god knows what and taking who knows how many years off my life. i have since started wearing disposable respirators rated for insulation. the only problem is that i sweat alot.....a real lot...and a disposable respirator will become sweatlogged in no time, making it too hard to breathe through...ill go through 3 or 4 a job. do any of you use a half face reusable respirator with changable filter that is not too difficult to work with? alot of them seem way to big to actually expect to wear while i work for 5-8 hours.

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    You'll have the same problem and when they become wet they are useless....at least in my experience.

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    If you sweat now, wait unitl you put on one of those respirators. Do you have facial hair? You have to be clean shaven for the half mask to get a good seal.
    I've been using the 3M-8214 diposable mask. It's light wieght and has an exhaust valve on the face. Really cuts down on the moisture build up on the inside of the mask.

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    Don't have any HVAC equipment up there, but several radio antennas that need adjustment from time to time.

    I found that if I spent more than a minute or so up there, I would begin to cough. Now, I don't go up without a mask. Makes all the difference in the world.

    Yes, I saw all of that crap floating around up there.


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    Your better off with the dis[osables.

    You can buy several boxes of teh disposable ones, for one replacement of the other ones.
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    use an N95 rated mask -- rated by NIOSHA --
    I found several at a 'surplus' store @ $0.5 -- bought 100 --gave to friends
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    3-m respirator selection guide

    3-m has a respirator selection guide for free just call 1-800-328-1667 and they will send it right to your house

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    thanks for the feedback...i think im gonna have to stick with the disposables...i cant see wearing the rubber in 120-130 degree heat. i like the exhaust valve thought though.

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