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  • How do ya keep chips outta yer shoes?

    ....a problem that has existed since I started placing with mills. The chips end up on floor, and consequently, come time to walk outta the shop, I've gotta spend 15 minutes with a pair of pliers pulling all the chips outta the soles of my shoes before I can think of walking in the house.

    These gotta be a Better way to do it.....perforated rubber mats? Different shoes?

  • #2
    Different shoes kept at the workshop door.
    "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel"

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    • #3
      I've been using these: http://www.mcmaster.com/#6808t11/=a0382o
      I have a line of three of them leading out the door They don't get everything, but they get most of it. Depends on how big your chips typically are or how deep they've embedded themselves into your sole, I guess.

      I also find that flat-bottomed soles are easier to clean than boots with deep ridges.

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      • #4
        Infrequent use of air hose and frequent use of vacuum and broom works for me. Pretty good but not 100% effective.

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        • #5
          Floor mats suck, you can't sweep them off. Long pants, high top boots and tie a rope around the bottom of you pant cuff. Change shoes and completely blow off all your clothing BEFORE you leave the shop to go in the house or your vehicle.

          It really wakes you up stepping on a chip in the middle of the night bare footed and if your wife steps on one may God forgive you, she won't.
          It's only ink and paper

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          • #6
            The type of sole will make a big difference.

            Leather soles will be good. There's also a sole, the name of which I can't remember, that is a hard black rubber with embedded bits of cork. That stuff would be nearly impervious to most chip penetration.
            Lynn (Huntsville, AL)

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            • #7
              Originally posted by lbhsbz
              ....a problem that has existed since I started placing with mills. The chips end up on floor, and consequently, come time to walk outta the shop, I've gotta spend 15 minutes with a pair of pliers pulling all the chips outta the soles of my shoes before I can think of walking in the house.

              These gotta be a Better way to do it.....perforated rubber mats? Different shoes?
              I have an electric nibbler for cutting sheet metal. This creates thousands of crecent shaped pieces of swarf. This embed themselves deeply into any type of shoe and they are really difficult to remove.
              Mike

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              • #8
                I use industrial rubber mats with a full grid of about 3/4 inch holes. "Most" of the chips go into the holes or are scuffed off the soles by the action of the rubber. To clean, I vac/sweep the top, then lift the mats and vac underneath. I hate walking on concrete floors with chjips - that mats make for a more comfortable environment.


                My wife used to complain about sawdust in the house.. now it's those nasty metal chips that get caught in the hardwood floor joints, and grab your sock (and worse) as you walk by.

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                • #9
                  How do ya keep chips outta yer shoes? Plenty of tomato sauce to stick them to the plate,
                  Use bigger plate,
                  Wear flipflops.

                  john
                  John

                  I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure , but I'm not a complete idiot - some bits are still missing

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                  • #10
                    I sually change my SFM and the spindle speed. Makes the chips bigger.

                    My shop has a concrete floor and I wear smooth soled work shoes, so , my biggest problem is getting chips in my shirt, and socks.
                    No good deed goes unpunished.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by saltmine
                      I sually change my SFM and the spindle speed. Makes the chips bigger.

                      My shop has a concrete floor and I wear smooth soled work shoes, so , my biggest problem is getting chips in my shirt, and socks.
                      Why would you want to. , I suppose you could always use a shovel

                      john
                      John

                      I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure , but I'm not a complete idiot - some bits are still missing

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                      • #12
                        How do ya keep chips outta yer shoes? Work barefoot? Seriously, frequent sweeping, good floor mats, and relatively smooth soled shoes have worked for me. I keep a small wire brush by the shop door and give them a brushing before leaving the shop if I've been generating a lot of chips. I still occasionally bring one into the house, probably off of my clothes rather than my shoes, though.

                        As much of a pain as metal chips are, though, they are still much better than getting a porcupine quill in the foot! While I was going to gunsmithing school in Susanville, CA, a friend came over with one that he had killed and skinned, asking my wife if she would cook it for him...his wife would have nothing to do with any meat that didn't come wrapped in plastic or a can from the local store. So, we cooked it, it was ok but a bit different, and about a week later, my wife ended up with a quill in her foot. Probably was on my friend's jacket or jeans, and dropped off in the house. All I can say is it's a good thing she didn't sit on it!

                        David
                        David Kaiser
                        “You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.”
                        ― Robert A. Heinlein

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                        • #13
                          I just use the door mat. Two in a row, one for the worst of it and the other to finish up.

                          As having your wife step on a chip reminds me of a true story a co-worker told me some years ago. He was an avid electronics hobbyest and his barefoot wife stepped on a DIP chip that had dropped from his work bench. Not one, but 16 punctures at once. OUCH, 16 times! Boy did he hear it.
                          Paul A.
                          SE Texas

                          Make it fit.
                          You can't win and there is a penalty for trying!

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                          • #14
                            Change shoes at the door!

                            My new shop will have an outdoor 'decomtamination zone' of about 10' walk along a gravel path which I think will extract most bits from the shoes.

                            Soft soled shoes on a concrete will pick up the chips for sure so how about a soft 'shop floor? Now I know why the old timers had dirt floors in their shops!

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                            • #15
                              What about one of those mats with the hard bristles that stick up? Rubbing your shoes back and forth on one of those a few times should remove all but the most stubbornly embedded chips on your shoes, no?

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