Shop Tips: Respirators vs. Dust Masks

Shop Tips: Respirators vs. Dust Masks

This week, Frank explains the difference between a dust mask and a respirator, and shows us the proper way to put them on. It’s a simple yet essential tip–safety never takes a vacation!

Post your own shop tips in the comments below!

Shot by Joey Fameli
Edited by Adam Isaak

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  1. DK. on March 31, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    Can you wear just one filter? Did hear you mention anything about it.

  2. Jeanette Wilhelm on March 31, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    WARNING!!! These masks are not good for spray painting!!! Spray paints contains acetone, and a specialist at 3M told me only supplied air respirator such as 3M Versaflo V-500 with a 3M S-757 headtop(with everything it costs £1400😩) filters acetone, and if I use these type of face respirators I will inhale acetone and risk my health. I already have chronic health problems because of it, so be careful guys! And only buy them from legit sites through 3M website, there are lots of fake on ebay etc..

  3. Manu Madan on March 31, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    My shop is practicing social distancing 1.5 metres so the tea break is a long queue and a 15 min extension

  4. latchbox on March 31, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    It’s nice watching people in the before times talk about masks and respirators so casually.

    (Pro tip: that valve that lets you exhale easier on the dusg mask also makes this terrible for preventing spreading disease.)

  5. Tahir Qoqa on March 31, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    can this mask help me for work in bakery, because i am asthmatic (allergy in flour)

  6. Joe jeans on March 31, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    Will these work against viruses?

  7. Rogue on March 31, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    On the 3M 6000 mask, the paper filters are the wrong way wrong. The writing side should be facing the inside of the mask and the blank side facing the outside.

  8. Prefabfan on March 31, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    Hey big expert: Your filter is on inside out. The writing goes closet to the mask. It should appear blank on the outside. Mask 101.

  9. mitch on March 31, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    used to live in crouch end lol

  10. Tunisian firing on March 31, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    The big one I think it gives a real protection of CORONA virus! Doctor’s and people who are very exposed to the virus they should use that mask

  11. Kanishka .B on March 31, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    Guys look at the camera please.. not at each other so much😁!

  12. Bob Lee on March 31, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    Are dust mask filters reusable? with shop vac or soap and water. (the black strap base with filter add ons for wood dust).

  13. vic ferg on March 31, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    I bought exactly that respirator 😀

  14. Starr Myres on March 31, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    I think you can learn more about this on Woodglut.

  15. Killerspieler0815 on March 31, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    @Adam Savage’s Tested –
    *You forgot the most important TIP* when using masks (half masks or full face masks) … the tip is beard SHAVING , yes remove ALL of it as slick as possible , *without shaving NO mask seals to the face = the bad stuff can bypass the mask !* the Guy on the left side needs to shave for using masks.

  16. Pretamane on March 31, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    respirator is dopeeeee

  17. SerialShitposter on March 31, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    Tip for all masks and respirators. If you have a beard or a mustache, the mask will not make a perfect seal. If you are working with really dangerous materials i would shave yourself to get a perfect seal with the oral-nazal cup or the dustmask itsself. Every time before going in to a contaminated area you need to do a seal check. You can put the filter cardriges off and plug the inhalation holes and breathe. If you dont feel any air coming around your oral nazal cup or the bit that sits around your face then you are good. If you feel air you need to adjust the straps or get a bigger or smaller size mask or respiratior. Thats the negative pressure check. You can do a positive pressure check. The positive and negative only apply to a respirator cause a dust mask is very hard to seal the whole area. A negative seal check is basically putting your hand on the exhalation valve and exhale. If you feel air then you need to adjust the straps untli you dont.

  18. Tobiyyah on March 31, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    Can you tell me if the respirator for M101 is as good as N100? I cannot find a N100 and I see an M1010.

  19. ember on March 31, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    got here cuz of covid

  20. Алекс Разпопов on March 31, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    This is good if you can’t find cyberpunk mask for cosplay

  21. Mrs Patmore on March 31, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    Kleenex to block the nose gap, that’s a good idea.

  22. Bill Patterson on March 31, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    Thanks. Great video. I am using an LVLP gun to spray Behr Latex from Home Depot. Do I need a mask like the one in your video or are the paper masks that have N95 printed on them sufficient? Same ones that everyone is wearing to avoid the Cornona Virus. Thanks

  23. Juan Garcia on March 31, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    Coronavirus 2020

  24. Skyledge on March 31, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    This is relevent now! I already stocked up on respirator and slim cartridges! Prepare for the worst, hope for the best!

  25. Martin Shirley on March 31, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Is it 3m 6200 respirator?

  26. Susan Koech on March 31, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Coronavirus has made masks review videos popular

  27. Big Ed on March 31, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    I picked up the same respirator. Came in a set.

    6200 + 6055 + 5935 + 501

    Fits really well and it’s easy to breathe through.

    Love it!

  28. Maen M. on March 31, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    We decided to do some re-painting while covid is rampaging. Had to do loads of sanding between coats of mud over all the dings and holes our walls had. Since N95 is most urgent for areas like ICU/hospitals/medical/frontline the best we could do was surgical mask with a layer of cloth mask and another layer of mask and our lab googles. We lucky this is not our occupation and not majorly asthmatic. 😅 I can only imagine how construction firms/contractors are struggling to get PPE.

  29. Roy Rice on March 31, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    If you have waited until now to buy a respirator you are too late. Two month delivery time!! 🤯🤯🤯

  30. Johnfights4manyresons Johnfighys4manyresons on March 31, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Nice try
    But nothing works if you have face hair.
    Also OSHA in America anyway makes you fit test if you are wearing a respirator for prolonged periods.
    It’s more important to know how long to wear

  31. binot on March 31, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    unfortunately this respirators dont filter the breath u exhale so if u have the virus u arre spreading it like ur not wearing a mask

  32. Ennou on March 31, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Question, are gas mask and face masks like those used in this covid pandemic classified as respirators or something else?

  33. Jon Snow on March 31, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    "HOLIDAY" 🙋‍♂️🙋‍♂️🙋‍♂️

  34. adrian huet on March 31, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    What is the height and body weight of that person wearing the respirator? I have hard times which size bes suits me.. kindly help. Thanks!

  35. Ali Ibrahim on March 31, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    How Ironic, the whe world is on a holiday for their safety!

  36. bibek ranjan das on March 31, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    Haha that aint gonna help you now(the virus is gonna go through ur eyes)

  37. Margaret W. Lavigne on March 31, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    Oxygen Therapy: The Potential Risk to Give Oxygen to Patients with Respirators

    Liu Liang proposed that “the mucus in the lungs must be diluted or dissolved. If the mucus components are not resolved, oxygen therapy might lead to adverse effect. Because the positive pressure of oxygen may push the mucus deeper and wider and ultimately aggravate the patient’s symptom of hypoxia.”

    More Info:

  38. Jota Hernandez 220 on March 31, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    What mask and filters 3m for caranavairus?

  39. Maria Francisco on March 31, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    Anyone out there work with fiberglass, in Insulation?? Tips?? Can’t find masks because of stupid virus.

  40. Roz Christopherson on March 31, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    Who knew this was prophetic……..

    COVID 19 safety never takes a vacation.

  41. Dominic jonez on March 31, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Anyone here after the rona?

  42. P on March 31, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    I call it as ‘CHERNOBYL MASK’

  43. klerkan on March 31, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Any one here in Corona-time ? Well i use the Sundström SR 200 with sr510 p3 particulate filter…

  44. Milan Beresnevicius on March 31, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Look at these idiots not knowing corona is gonna be a thing in 3 years

  45. nivasyl strongman on March 31, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    the guy with the hat is clumsy & destructive. he’s not a good person to have if you are demonstrating something.

  46. Francis Olarve on March 31, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    May i know what is the sizing of the respirator? Thanks!

  47. DeadBoyCE on March 31, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    The guy that has a beard and he’s putting on mass he’s never going to have a seal because of your facial hair….

  48. SHOPMASK Global on March 31, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    These are a bit bulky for daily use. There are more compact options that offer similar protection as long as you know how to fit/wear them properly

  49. Joe K on March 31, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    A little bit of knowledge is a very dangerous thing. Please find another video if you are looking for FACTUAL information about dust masks and respirators. Your life could depend on it. Watch this

  50. TheCoracle on March 31, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Is the dust mask good enough for demoing ductwork wrapped in pink insulation?