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Old 07-22-2012, 11:29 AM   #1
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I am doing my first fire restoration job and I am considering soda blasting. I am concerned about clean up after the soda blasting is done. It is a four unit apartment building and the fire damage is limited to one of the apartments. The fire damage is in one of the upper units. The unit below it is vacant. What is the usual cleanup procedure? Wet rags maybe? Also, is cleanup necessary on the fire damaged apt since the apt will be gutted at the time of blasting and new walls an flooring will be going in anyways?
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:07 PM   #2
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I know the contractor that I do a lot Of painting for has stop using it partly do to clean up. Dry ice or seal sPray is the way to go.
With soda no matter how good you clean it up every one is fighting it till the project is done
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Soda is really tough to shoot in a occupied space due to the dust...unless your running a black max fan with some high CFM to keep negative air you'll be apologizing a lot...
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Yes, soda is very messy. It's easy enough to cleanup most of the time. Some sweeping and vacing and that gets most of it. Save it and you can make a smokey cake for the new tenant.

Never used dry ice but the idea of cleaning up water vapor and whatever is blasted off sounds real appealing...
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Did a job a while back
Started with soda, switched to fine crushed glass because it was faster

Got to start with low psi, like 40 psi. Then turn it up slowly till it's good for you.

Your gonna need some really good fans.
The space I did was 1200 sqft, one black max fan (3400 cfm) wasn't enough, ended up with two!

Sweep up as you go along, sweep up after, and blow down, sweep up again and repeat. Then run a vac for a while.
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Jim, curious...did you not buy the biggest black max they offer because of cost or size?...if you were to do it again would you have just bought the biggest one first?
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Hey dyer with the pressure hold pot how do you get the pneumatic controls to work at 40psi?
Is it as simple as moving the dead man feed line before the regulator?
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Yes ausi,
I put on a quick release end on my 12v control solenoid
Keep it plugged in to the regular tap.
When I need to go low psi
I plug in to air source before the regulator.

As I don't do it very often. It keeps the extra lines to a minimum

This way my valves still run on normal air psi....!
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Jim, curious...did you not buy the biggest black max they offer because of cost or size?...if you were to do it again would you have just bought the biggest one first?
I should have gone with the biggest first..!

But like everyone else, hind site is better than for site.

I was trying to go as big as I could without braking the bank.

My fan runs 3500 cfm though, and is not bad, but on big jobs, 2 would be better.:

I still only have just the 1, I rent a few 2200 cfm fans when I need them from sunbelt. They have the tubular ones that have the flex hose. Great for going out windows from a remote location.
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Wouldn't running fans like that get baking soda all over the neighborhood? There are cars parked on the street right outside where I'd be working.
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Sub a mobile car wash business for that and add o/p. you will definitely want some type of air movement. Have always had dust carried away with a slight breeze. Wind blows in Colorado sometimes.
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Wouldn't running fans like that get baking soda all over the neighborhood? There are cars parked on the street right outside where I'd be working.
They make dust socks for the back of the fan to blow the dust into...
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i have used both dry ice and soda. the clean up on dry ice is a little less than soda , but doen't do as good a job. soda also help in a fire with odor control. good negitive air will control dust from getting into the other app.blast for 15-20 min and then let the air clean up and you should make good time . BUT you will definety have to filter your exhaust air into a sock or you will be washing every car and house in the area.

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