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post by Bygone Era   |  | 
Re: Masks & Respirators: Everything you ever wanted to know
<Reply # 120 on 5/14/2019 1:59 PM >

For Cato Black:
Honestly for the time I’ve done urbex, I’ve been with the 3m crowd and for almost half the time I’ve been exploring, I’ve used the 3m 6000 series half masks (they are all the same model mask but the 6100 is the small, 6200 is the medium, and the 6300 is the large) paired with either the 60928 OV/AG/P100 Organic Vapor/Acid Gas cartridges or the 60926 OV/AG/P100 Multi-gas/Vapor Cartridges.
I currently use the full face 3m 6800 mask, which I have found extremely comfortable-despite what has been said above about full face masks. While I think best bang for buck masks would be half face masks but for most comfort on long explorations I’d recommend full face


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post by Bygone Era   |  | 
Re: Masks & Respirators: Everything you ever wanted to know
<Reply # 121 on 5/14/2019 2:13 PM >

Also though, while I’be had much experience with different respirators, I have a question for the more experience explorers, what mask do you guys use with your cameras? I need a p100 mask that protects against asbestos, but also I would like to be able to look through the view finder and not rely on the LCD Screen on my camera when taking photos and because of the sizes of the masks I’ve used and that they are made of hard plastic, I cant look through the View finder unless I take off the mask, which of course is not an option. Just wondering if anyone has recommendations


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post by Aran   |  | 
Re: Masks & Respirators: Everything you ever wanted to know
<Reply # 122 on 11/4/2019 7:58 AM >

I've been brushing up on my epidemiology prior to this week's midterm exam in my wildlife disease class, and found yet another reason to wear respirators, especially if you explore in the American Southwest:

A new disease has recently emerged in the region in the last few years. Known as the Sin Nombre (Nameless) Virus, it is found in the saliva and aerosolized urine and feces of rodents, especially the deer mouse in California and the Four Corners Region.

If human inhale it (say, by kicking up dust containing rodent feces), there is a 2-4 week incubation period. After that, the victim experiences rapid onset flu-like symptoms that quickly progress to acute respiratory and pulmonary distress and failure. If left untreated, it has a mortality rate of 55%- a mortality rate that even ICU care can only bring down to 36%. That's a coin flip chance of dying- and you won't even know to seek care until it's too late, since it exhibits similar symptoms to the flu at first.


Rodents are one of the biggest zoonotic disease reservoir host populations in the world, and aerosolized waste is a major transmission vector. A respirator can protect you from a lot more than asbestos.

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post by Be.safehave.fun   |  | 
Re: Masks & Respirators: Everything you ever wanted to know
<Reply # 123 on 11/4/2019 9:36 AM >

Posted by Aran
I've been brushing up on my epidemiology prior to this week's midterm exam in my wildlife disease class, and found yet another reason to wear respirators, especially if you explore in the American Southwest:

A new disease has recently emerged in the region in the last few years. Known as the Sin Nombre (Nameless) Virus, it is found in the saliva and aerosolized urine and feces of rodents, especially the deer mouse in California and the Four Corners Region.

If human inhale it (say, by kicking up dust containing rodent feces), there is a 2-4 week incubation period. After that, the victim experiences rapid onset flu-like symptoms that quickly progress to acute respiratory and pulmonary distress and failure. If left untreated, it has a mortality rate of 55%- a mortality rate that even ICU care can only bring down to 36%. That's a coin flip chance of dying- and you won't even know to seek care until it's too late, since it exhibits similar symptoms to the flu at first.


Rodents are one of the biggest zoonotic disease reservoir host populations in the world, and aerosolized waste is a major transmission vector. A respirator can protect you from a lot more than asbestos.

Thanks for the update. Fortunately I don't live in the Southwest. But the other day I left my mask in the car and now I'm regretting it. My throat is sore 😷. Never go without a mask!




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post by Roamer_Of_Ruins   |  | 
Re: Masks & Respirators: Everything you ever wanted to know
<Reply # 124 on 1/21/2020 5:30 AM >

I find a mask extremely useful in certain circumstances. I use a 3M 5301 half-face respirator to primarily deal with stink and mold. I'm allergic to molds and prolonged exposure is extremely irritating and I can have some difficulty breathing (not enough to warrant any epinephrine, though). So, I usually bring it everywhere that I have doubts about what's inside. However, if an area is contaminated with exceedingly hazardous materials (IE. harsh chemicals, gasses, airborne irritants such as large amounts of asbestos or lead paint that has been crushed to a dust,) only having a mask wont help much, you'd need a whole body suit to prevent large amounts of contamination.


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post by THWN2   |  | 
Re: Masks & Respirators: Everything you ever wanted to know
<Reply # 125 on 1/31/2022 2:37 AM >

If your wearing a respirator alone thats not good enough for asbestos .You need a full suit that you can be washed down before you take it off and leave it by the building. If you were breathing equipment alone you will DRAG THE ASBESTOS TO
YOUR CAR AND CONTAMINATE YOUR HOME AND EXPOSE YOUR WHOLE FAMILY TO ASBESTOS AND THE LIKE.


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post by Eli Hallberg   |  | 
Re: Masks & Respirators: Everything you ever wanted to know
<Reply # 126 on 2/13/2022 5:36 AM >

I just wanted to give you a little thank you for making this post. I got myself a half face mask with some P100 cartridges. I feel a bit more secure exploring abandoned places now. Figured I'd let you know that this post is still helping us out almost a decade after you first published it!


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post by MrDuck   |  | 
Re: Masks & Respirators: Everything you ever wanted to know
<Reply # 127 on 12/12/2023 6:33 AM >

So I shouldn't put my nose under my shirt?


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post by Cricket999   |  | 
Re: Masks & Respirators: Everything you ever wanted to know
<Reply # 128 on 3/13/2024 10:28 PM >

Hi, I recently bought a 3M™ Organic Vapour Cartridge/Filter, 60921,(Black seal) from 3m and I could be blind but I couldn't find how long it is effective for after opening. The places I am going to explore in the next few weeks all have the potential to have organic vapour floating around and I want to be sure I'm safe. How often do you guys usually switch filters?


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post by Kabes   |  | 
Re: Masks & Respirators: Everything you ever wanted to know
<Reply # 129 on 3/14/2024 5:52 PM >

Posted by Cricket999
Hi, I recently bought a 3M™ Organic Vapour Cartridge/Filter, 60921,(Black seal) from 3m and I could be blind but I couldn't find how long it is effective for after opening. The places I am going to explore in the next few weeks all have the potential to have organic vapour floating around and I want to be sure I'm safe. How often do you guys usually switch filters?


The golden rule is usually 6 months. However, if you store your filters in a plastic bag after use, you'll be able to use it for longer.


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