No Southern-fried Southern boy wants to be called a Yankee, but we share the characteristics of shrewdness and thrift. Thus, each month we include a money-saving tip. It’s OK if you call me “cheap.”
Sticking with the dust theme from Tip #1… The inside of your dust mask can become very wet, owing to the high moisture content of your breath. My tip? Install a hook in front of the outflow side of your ceiling-mounted air filter or air-circulating fan. Hang your mask in front of it with the inside facing the air flow and it will be nice and dry the next time you use it.
If the mask develops a sour smell, indicating mold and mildew are growing there, wipe it out with a Clorox Bleach Wipe or a paper towel wetted with vinegar, then allow it to air out thoroughly before reusing.
Jim Randolph is a veterinarian in Long Beach, Mississippi. His earlier careers as lawn mower, dairy farmer, automobile mechanic, microwave communications electronics instructor and journeyman carpenter all influence his approach to woodworking. His favorite projects are furniture built for his wife, Brenda, and for their children and grandchildren. His and Brenda’s home, nicknamed Sticks-In-The-Mud, is built on pilings (sticks) near the wetlands (mud) on a bayou off Jourdan River. His shop is in the lower level of their home. Questions and comments on woodworking may be written below in the comments section. Questions about pet care should be directed to his blog on pet care, www.MyPetsDoctor.com. We regret that, because of high volume, not all inquiries can be answered personally.