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construction 30 Jan 2004 12:25 #21891

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how do you keep your projection room dust free?

I'm having my apartment above the theater remodeled. large amounts of drywall and the associated dust will soon be everywhere and the demolition has already raised a big cloud. I have a large fan to keep the booth cool as well as the lamphouse. That fan draws air from (you guessed it) the apartment upstairs until the refurbishment gets done when it will draw from the outside.

Here have been my methods to keep it out of the booth so far.

I have duct taped a furnace filter to the air inlet from the apartment to keep that dust down.

I have wet mopped the entire room and gotten as much dust out now as I can.

I sealed off all the visible holes in the room as best as I can.

the previously mentioned fan runs continuously (on a low setting) to keep the air moving in that room and drawing it out.

It is going to be one dirty mess upstairs in a short time. Is there anything else that I might try?

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Re: construction 30 Jan 2004 13:11 #21892

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You are off to a good start.

That "furnace filter" should be a really efficient HEPA type filter like a 3M "Filtrete", rather than the cheap spun fiberglas ones.

Better yet, try to have the fan draw in air from a clean source, and leave it ON to provide "positive pressure" in the projection room. In other words, all the air that might sneak through tiny holes and cracks will be going FROM the booth, and not drawing dirt into it.

Wet mopping is great. If you use a shop vac, vent the vac with a hose to the outdoors. Very few vacs have filters that are good enough to stop the really tiny dust particles, so vent them outside.

Use lots of polyethylene sheeting and duct tape. Do cover the exposed film and any work surfaces with clean poly tarps when you are not showing film.

Do NOT try to clean the film with a DRY media cleaner -- any abrasive dirt will scratch the film. Use media wet with FilmGuard, or clean PTRs.

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Re: construction 30 Jan 2004 16:58 #21893

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well, the problem with getting "clean" air into the booth is that I'd be robbing all of my heat too. I'm not sure if I can afford to have heated air blowing out through that vent up and out the of the building.

yeah, the furnace filter is a high efficiency one. I think I'm going to drape a blanket in the doorway between the projection room area and the construction. It has a door sealing it off, too but I don't want to track a bunch of dust in with me when I go into the room. I think that might be the best I can hope for. I have a film cleaner and use filmguard with it and boy it always gets a bunch of gunk when I use it.
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Re: construction 21 Apr 2004 13:03 #21894

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Well the construction is reaching a fevered pitch now and despite all of my efforts the room has a thin coat of drywall dust all over it. I'm doing what I can to clean it out but it has a knack for getting EVERYWHERE. Any suggestions for cleaning this equipment and floors? Right now I'm using a damp dish towel and I'm going over everything top to bottom. It has sort of become a weekly tradition. Each week there is more to clean.
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Re: construction 21 Apr 2004 13:07 #21895

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A central vacuum system would be best. If not that, use a shop vac with a long hose, so the exhaust can be outside of the area you want to keep clean. Drywall dust+water = sticky mess.

John P. Pytlak, Senior Technical Specialist
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Re: construction 21 Apr 2004 18:32 #21896

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Any possibility that you might rig up a TEMPORARY source for your supply air?... Using large cardboard (refrigeraor box) panels and duct tape, you might try sealing off the apartment air intake, and either leave some doors from elsewhere open, OR make up temporary cardboard intake ductwork from a cleaner location... As long as you're bringing in dirty air, the problem is going to persist, no matter how well you filter it... Now that the weather has warmed up, you wouldn't necessarily be wasting heat by looking into a different intake source...
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Re: construction 18 May 2004 15:18 #21897

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Every 2 weeks one of our three projects does an inspection of the two booths. Each person is responsible for 1/3 of the booth space. Every 2 weeks the inspection rotates. They l-o-v-e finding someone hasn't been wiping platter arms.

Projectionists have plenty of time to wipe stuff down.

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Re: construction 18 May 2004 21:42 #21898

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I'm sure projectionists have time for that but what about owners/accountants/projectionists/janitors/etc/etc/etc?
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Re: construction 19 May 2004 07:34 #21899

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Leeler wrote:

"I'm sure projectionists have time for that but what about owners/accountants/projectionists/janitors/etc/etc/etc?"

I know it's tough to keep up with booth maintenance and cleanliness when you are pulled in so many directions. But what's in the booth, ends up on the screen. Your advantage is that YOU have the personal interest in "Film Done Right", and know it affects your bottom line.

John P. Pytlak, Senior Technical Specialist
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Entertainment Imaging
Research Labs, Building 69, Room 7525A
Eastman Kodak Company
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Research Labs, Building 69, Room 7525A
Eastman Kodak Company
Rochester, NY 14650-1922
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