When it comes to containing dust on construction sites, more often than not it's a jerry-rigged affair. In my experience, it usually consists of some tarps haphazardly nailed or taped in place and held down with whatever weights are lying around. These set-ups are usually insufficient—dust always escapes and there is the risk of damaging the interior of the home during the set-up. Or the whole thing falls apart during the project. No more! ZipWall of Arlington, MA, offers a lightweight, portable, easy-to-assemble, and virtually airtight solution. The system is made of telescoping twist-lock poles that hold screening material in place against the ceiling. According to their website, a 20 foot long ZipWall can be set up in less than a minute. They are sold in pairs and come in 12 and 20 foot lengths. They are available at distributors throughout the U.S. Suggested retail price is $119 for the 12 foot and $192 for the 20 foot version.
I was excited to see one of my favorite products the zipwall dust barrier. First of all let me tell you, it is exceptional for my customers. When I do a job, they not only are impressed but they are so thankful and give my crew great referralls.
As for the system it works wonders. It sets up in minutes, even seconds. I use the heavy duty zipper to easy access in and out of the construction zone. What blows my mind is the foam rails (and I just ordered side clamps). The foam rails make the barrier airtight against the ceiling (and apparently now they have the wall side clamps to seal off the wall). Not only do I get great referrals but also I never have to spend my time, or money on our crew to clean up dust for hours.
What's the kicker? The zip wall poles pivot, so it can work on acoustical ceilings, and my latest discovery is crown moulding support. I hihghly reccommend this product for any serious contractor doing anything from remodeling to painting. Try it out and you will see.
If you're looking for something to separate your workspace or construction site from the rest of the world, another idea (if you have a fence or a similar structure) is to use Fence Fabric --- it was "designed to put amazing fences within reach for everyone." You can make your fence (or anything else) look like a stone wall, a herd of cattle, the ocean and lots of other images. It's perfect for city improvement projects. You can even customize it. Check it out: http://www.fencefabric.com/
I used ZipWall on the reccomendation of a friend when I was about to start a kitchen remodel in a pretty high end home. Now I use it on virtually every indoor demolition or drywall project. I even use it when finishing basements to stop the dust from getting upstairs. I highly reccomend using ZipWall for a more containted work space that also makes clean-up easier. It gives a good impression to the homeowners. My local distributor did not have it so I bought it online at http://www.spycorsystems.com/ZipWall_s/24.htm
We couldn't believe how easy the ZipWall barrier was to set up. Went up in minutes and worked perfectly. My customers loved it because it made a great impression about how much we care about their business and it also has helped to get us other jobs. We also just purchased ZipWall's newest product, ZipPole. The ZipPole is perfect for my jobs that have ceiling heights up to 10' tall. I got the ZP 4-pack for $169, which is HALF THE PRICE of the original ZipWall 4-Pack Plus system. The good news is my ZipPoles work great with my other ZipWall gear (12’ aluminum poles, 20’ poles, foam rails, etc.) I just used everything on a house with a cathedral ceiling. Started with ZipPoles at the low end added the 12 footers and raised the barrier to the peak with my 20 footer. And it was easy.
ZipWall is great and it gets us fully set for EPA's new April regulations in plenty of time.