There’s no way around it, if you’re remodeling the inside of your home, you’re going to create dust. The secret is to contain the dust in the room you’re working on and keep it out of the rest of the house. To do this, cover all doorways in the room with sheets of thick (6 mil) plastic.

Instead of taping the plastic up, use a staple gun. To make it easy to take the plastic down without tearing it, tape a popsicle stick to the bottom of the staple gun to act as a spacer.

Staple the plastic up over the doorway.

The spacer will keep the staples from going all the way in, making them easy to remove later.

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Joe Truini

Joe Truini

Radio Show Co-Host

Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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