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Post by Merick Mon Apr 11, 2022 11:59 am

Anybody have any solutions, ideas, or pointers?

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Post by bruce martindale Mon Apr 11, 2022 12:06 pm

Separate it outside. I also add a capfull about 1/4 ounce of mineral spirits. I use wax lubes so media was sticky. Less dust. I'm washing now, with a bowl vibrator unit. Cleaner

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Post by Wobbley Mon Apr 11, 2022 12:19 pm

Toss in a (or two) dryer softening sheets.  Replace them every time. Eventually they’ll absorb the dust.
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Post by Pinetree Mon Apr 11, 2022 12:25 pm

The Dryer sheets work well, a paper towel also works.

I do my reloading in the basement, so dust isn't really an issue.
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Post by John Dervis Mon Apr 11, 2022 7:48 pm

I’ll give a third recommendation for the dryer sheets. I put two in at a time and toss after every use.  It wasn’t mentioned, but I’m using sheets that have already been through the clothes dryer so it’s a really cheap solution.

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Post by chiz1180 Mon Apr 11, 2022 8:09 pm

I put my tumbler in a big plastic box and put the lid on it lightly. I have it set up so I can turn it on and off from out side the box. Typically let it sit after turning off for a while before opening the lid. I also typically wear a respirator when I manipulate the media to help mitigate dust inhalation.
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Post by GrumpyOldMan Wed Apr 13, 2022 12:07 am

I haven't noticed any significant dust pickup from used dryer sheets. And I tried. Wanted it to work.

Tried pouring the media out into a box from 2-3 feet above, with a fan to blow the dust away. OUTDOORS is best but you know your situation best. About three "pours" reduced the dust a lot. Or was it five?

Then there was putting the media in a cloth bag and rinsing the h-e-double hockey sticks out of it. Tedious, quite effective. Drying the stuff was a drag. Low heat in the oven on two cookie sheets is best. Out in the summer desert sun at anything less that 20% humidity is slower, more "natural" like with raisins, but you gotta watch out for the wind picking up.

I'm sure that someone is about to invent some $500 machine to do it thoroughly and in an hour or two, unattended and you either do it outdoors or with a dryer-style vent.

Right now, with a new batch of ground walnut shells, I'm just living with the dust.

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Post by John Dervis Thu Apr 14, 2022 5:32 pm

GrumpyOldMan wrote:I haven't noticed any significant dust pickup from used dryer sheets. And I tried. Wanted it to work.

Tried pouring the media out into a box from 2-3 feet above, with a fan to blow the dust away. OUTDOORS is best but you know your situation best. About three "pours" reduced the dust a lot. Or was it five?

Then there was putting the media in a cloth bag and rinsing the h-e-double hockey sticks out of it. Tedious, quite effective. Drying the stuff was a drag. Low heat in the oven on two cookie sheets is best. Out in the summer desert sun at anything less that 20% humidity is slower, more "natural" like with raisins, but you gotta watch out for the wind picking up.

I'm sure that someone is about to invent some $500 machine to do it thoroughly and in an hour or two, unattended and you either do it outdoors or with a dryer-style vent.

Right now, with a new batch of ground walnut shells, I'm just living with the dust.
I am really surprised you didn't get results with the dryer sheets.  I only use Lyman Corn Cob Media which is treated with some sort of green chemical and my dryer sheets come out filthy with dust and have a heavy green tint to them.  When I dump the hopper, I don't get much of a dust cloud either so I'm convinced it's working.  Maybe there is a difference when using the walnut shells.  Makes you wonder anyways.

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Post by pgg Thu Apr 14, 2022 8:13 pm

Wet tumbling creates zero dust and the media lasts forever. Smile

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Post by SteveT Fri Apr 15, 2022 8:27 am

When I've put dryer sheets or paper towels in, they get dirty, but there's still dust on top of the machine (and I assume the surrounding driveway) after an hour or two. My tumbler has the vented top, so it's probably worse than those with closed tops.
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Post by Merick Fri Apr 15, 2022 11:57 am

update;

The lid to my tumbler is somewhat hogged out by the mounting screw, so I undid all the screws and washers holding the lid on and stuck the shop vac over the opening with the tumbler running.  It helped some.

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Post by Pinetree Fri Apr 15, 2022 12:23 pm

I rarely use walnut anymore... Corn works well enough for me, and there seems to be less dust.

Plus, I use the Dillon polishing goop, which also helps.
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Post by Olde Pilot Fri Apr 15, 2022 12:29 pm

Does anyone but me using chemical cleaning? For me, quick soak in cleaner followed by rinse and dry in dryer tied in towel is pretty efficient and cases are pretty.

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Post by Black_Talon Fri Apr 15, 2022 8:49 pm

Olde Pilot wrote:chemical cleaning?
 
What kind of chemical?
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Post by Olde Pilot Fri Apr 15, 2022 9:38 pm

Iosso cartridge case liquid cleaner. Or better even is Birchwood Casey concentrated liquid mixed with tap water. Done in 3 minutes. Both usually available on Amazon, Brownell's, etc. Dryer tumbling in towel polishes brass nicely. I don't add any polish.

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