Apparently I could have used a handy Zipwall last weekend. I was doing a little plaster patching that at one point involved a circular saw and a massive dust cloud. I was wearing a respirator, but my poor wife wandered through at the wrong time and has been sneezing for 3 days straight. Zipwall has devised a handy set of extendable poles designed to create a dust barrier with plastic sheeting (sold separately). This seems like a brilliant idea for projects that involve dust storms. I might try using them when we do some refinishing work and see if I can get them to work as a barrier to fumes in addition to the dust. They can also be used as a light duty third hand for jobs like installing crown moulding. Zipwall has a dealer locator online. I found them listed at Jim and Slims Tools for about $130 for a set of two poles and their accessories. They also have a handy Zipwall Zipper for about $12 that let’s you easily create a zippered entry into your new plastic work zone.
About Marc Lyman
Marc grew up under a brave single mom who "encouraged" home improvement on the family home. Early toddler gifts included a tool set, and even a cordless Bosch drill when cordless drills first came out. In grade school (give or take a few years), Marc's mom said, "We need to cut down some trees. . . . here's a chainsaw." A father figure also involved Marc in many home improvement projects, including a summer of home remodeling in Palo Alto, CA. Toss in some Obsessive Compulsive personality traits researching everything home improvement related. The end result: a genetically pre-disposed, socially sculpted home improvement machine! For his complete profile, please visit our About page. Really, it's worth it.