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How Important Are Breathing Masks?
< on 4/26/2013 8:04 PM >
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I'm kinda new to this, but any time I've gone exploring, I've never even thought of getting a breathing mask (respirator, whatever you want to call it)

How important are they? Can I get away with just a face mask like they wear in hospitals, to prevent airborn particles, or should I get a filtered mask?

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Re: How Important Are Breathing Masks?
<Reply # 1 on 4/26/2013 8:06 PM >
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belleville...new jersey?

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Re: How Important Are Breathing Masks?
<Reply # 2 on 4/26/2013 8:10 PM >
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Posted by Lampie
I'm kinda new to this, but any time I've gone exploring, I've never even thought of getting a breathing mask (respirator, whatever you want to call it)

How important are they? Can I get away with just a face mask like they wear in hospitals, to prevent airborn particles, or should I get a filtered mask?


Depends what you encounter in the environment you're in. There is no "one mask takes on all situations" solution.

In MOST of the mines I explore, I use an N95 mask.
In some of them I use a half-mask with appropriate cartridges, due to other elements which are present in those locations, like asbestos or large amounts of lead, or cinnabar.

Some buildings have lots of asbestos that you'd be walking through.

You may not even know what the true hazards are. If you're worried about it I'd suggest at *least* an N95 mask, unless you have reasons to believe more of a hazard may exist, then go for a half-mask which appropriate filters.

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Re: How Important Are Breathing Masks?
<Reply # 3 on 4/26/2013 8:45 PM >
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and unless youre afraid of the flu or youre gardening, no the hospital/dust mask won't cut it.

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Re: How Important Are Breathing Masks?
<Reply # 4 on 4/26/2013 9:03 PM >
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Posted by tullo
belleville...new jersey?


Other NJ explorers?

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Re: How Important Are Breathing Masks?
<Reply # 5 on 4/26/2013 10:11 PM >
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If you're going to be in buildings with lots of mold and asbestos its best to wear a respirator. If you get a respirator make sure to get one for mold and asbestos (usually about $20-30) and get filters that say P100 (about $8-10).

Also, read this:
http://www.uer.ca/...=1&threadid=104366

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Re: How Important Are Breathing Masks?
<Reply # 6 on 4/26/2013 10:30 PM >
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Posted by anatonic
and unless youre afraid of the flu or youre gardening, no the hospital/dust mask won't cut it.


QFT. I can't stand when I see people wearing these, as though it's really doing anything for them. Those are splatter guards, they don't do jack for filtration.

Also, that link is an amazing story. I'm going to forward that to a few people.
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Re: How Important Are Breathing Masks?
<Reply # 7 on 4/26/2013 10:30 PM >
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Posted by Sands
http://www.uer.ca/...=1&threadid=104366


I wish he'd post something...

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Re: How Important Are Breathing Masks?
<Reply # 8 on 4/27/2013 12:17 AM >
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Posted by tullo
belleville...new jersey?


Hahaha, no, Ontario
(if it was NJ, I'd probably be wearing one all the time XD)



Thanks for the advice everyone! I'll be picking up a mold/asbestos mask before doing too much more exploring

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Re: How Important Are Breathing Masks?
<Reply # 9 on 4/27/2013 12:24 AM >
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Posted by Regret


Other NJ explorers?

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OMG they DO exist!

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Re: How Important Are Breathing Masks?
<Reply # 10 on 4/27/2013 2:51 AM >
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OMG they DO exist!



Hahaha, no, Ontario
(if it was NJ, I'd probably be wearing one all the time XD)


Apparently they don't!


Skibbitybeebop is in NJ.

(okay so apparently they do)

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Re: How Important Are Breathing Masks?
<Reply # 11 on 4/27/2013 5:17 PM >
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Posted by Regret


Other NJ explorers?

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Have you ever noticed what is in NJ? There are explorers coming in from out of state for your Hospitals, Institutions, Psych Wards, Mental Centers, etc...

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Re: How Important Are Breathing Masks?
<Reply # 12 on 4/27/2013 6:33 PM >
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I was feeling ambitious today... Here is just about all you could ever need to know about respirators and UE:

http://www.uer.ca/...=108617&currpage=1
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Re: How Important Are Breathing Masks?
<Reply # 13 on 4/27/2013 7:48 PM >
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Posted by Regret


Other NJ explorers?

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Hi. Now you are even less alone.

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Re: How Important Are Breathing Masks?
<Reply # 14 on 5/21/2013 2:57 PM >
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In my perspective, it is definitely something that you should carefully consider. From everything I've read, if your lungs are hurting afterwards (sore, coughing, etc) then you are doing damage to yourself that will likely outlast the short term. Plus, who really wants to be that person at work or school who can't stop coughing?!

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Re: How Important Are Breathing Masks?
<Reply # 15 on 6/11/2013 8:02 AM >
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haha and here I was thinking hospital masks were enough. The bargain hunter in me was wanting to be cheap and just pick up those. Thanks for the heads up.

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Re: How Important Are Breathing Masks?
<Reply # 16 on 6/24/2013 7:27 PM >
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If, after an exploration, you're coughing, get a mask.

If you're wearing a mask and are coughing after an exploration, get a better one.

I know I'm going to have to invest in a good mask if I want to continue. I'm prone to Bronchitis, and this is my third exploration where I've come back coughing up a lung. Even though, after the first one, I invested in a mask. (A semi-cheap particle mask.)

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Re: How Important Are Breathing Masks?
<Reply # 17 on 6/24/2013 7:43 PM >
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No.
You are alone.
There is nothing left to explore in NJ.

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Re: How Important Are Breathing Masks?
<Reply # 18 on 6/25/2013 1:44 AM >
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Posted by CooperArt
If, after an exploration, you're coughing, get a mask.

If you're wearing a mask and are coughing after an exploration, get a better one.

I know I'm going to have to invest in a good mask if I want to continue. I'm prone to Bronchitis, and this is my third exploration where I've come back coughing up a lung. Even though, after the first one, I invested in a mask. (A semi-cheap particle mask.)


when you say you "invented one", do you mean wrapping some fabric over your face?

Give a person a match and they'll be warm for a minute, but light them on fire and they'll be warm for the rest of their life. =)
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Re: How Important Are Breathing Masks?
<Reply # 19 on 6/25/2013 1:50 AM >
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when you say you "invented one", do you mean wrapping some fabric over your face?


Haha, yeah. Didn't work.

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