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Forum Post: DIY Gas Mask (From Whyweprotest.com)

Posted 7 years ago on Dec. 11, 2011, 8:35 p.m. EST by DrGonzo71 (44) from Beijing, Beijing
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Simple DIY Gas Mask from the people of EGYPT

Discussion in 'Protest Advice' started by Unregistered, Feb 12, 2011.

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    Things you will need

    1- Amount of 2 medical filter masks.
    2- Activated Charcoal (available at pharmacies one make is known as EUCARBON)
    3- Glue Or Glue Gun
    4- Swimming goggles

    STEP 1
    Take the activated Charcoal and crush it till it is fine but not powdered entirely.

    STEP 2
    Dampen the inside of one of the 2 medical masks. Do this on the inside so that it is similar to a cup. NB Only dampen slightly do not make it wet or the glue will not stick.

    STEP 3
    On the Dampened surface of the Medical Mask Add Approx 1-1.5 teaspoons of the crushed activated charcoal. Do not put it around the edges or or the glue will not stick.

    STEP 4
    Glue the edges of the two masks together to keep the Activated Charcoal Safely between them (the Activated Charcoal is the real filter its is highly absorbent to toxins).

    STEP 5
    Wear the goggles and the gas mask together for most effective protection from toxic and tear gas during demonstrations.

    These gas masks are easy and cheap to make and are very effective against gases from my own experience and others who have used them also agree.

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[-] 2 points by DrGonzo71 (44) from Beijing, Beijing 7 years ago

If you find this post useful, please repost it/bump it, or otherwise spread the word to those who may need it.

[-] 1 points by divineright (664) 7 years ago

While we're on the subject, here's a site that sells survival gear for civilians:

www.securityprousa.com

P.S. If anyone else has any good references like this, please provide them!

[-] 1 points by DrGonzo71 (44) from Beijing, Beijing 7 years ago

While I agree that forming a perfect seal might present a problem, it's still a good improvised solution. It would probably be better to get an industrial dust mask (the kind with a sealing rubber face-piece) and improvise a way to fill the filter cartridge up with activated carbon/charcoal power, which is the active ingredient.

[-] 1 points by divineright (664) 7 years ago

Good information to have on hand for many possible scenarios. Thanks.

[-] 0 points by necropaulis (491) 7 years ago

And how do you seal it to your face?? Have you personally tried it??

A real gas mask is cheap these days

A respirator mask and vaseline would be better, cheaper and easier. Some people have lung conditions and might not want some kind of placebo that won't work. As in kill/hurt them

[-] 1 points by DrGonzo71 (44) from Beijing, Beijing 7 years ago

Activated carbon/charcoal is not a placebo. It's the same material used in military gas masks to absorb organic toxins. I honestly can't say what's in combat-grade military gas masks, however.

[-] 0 points by necropaulis (491) 7 years ago

For the price you pay for all of that, you could have a proven mask. There is no way to seal your face completely, hence why I suggested the respirators and vaseline. Having a mask and running or being bumped around could let gases in. The vaseline will also help keep the chems off your skin. Pepper spray doesn't have to be inhaled to have it's effect. The other problem is the charcoal will settle, and make the mask not operate as good as it should.

[-] 1 points by divineright (664) 7 years ago

True you'd likely have to hold it to your face which could be a huge disadvantage in a high pressure situation. Some of the cheap respirator masks do have a foam rubber strip to help seal the gap between the mask and your face (like weatherstripping). Whatever one can come up with in a pinch may be helpful, but the best plan is to be prepared in advanced. I heard one newscast previously that stated real gas masks were selling at Liberty Park for $5. I've also seen some home versions using a two liter bottle and a rag soaked in vinegar or cola to aid in filtering. Perhaps someone with more of a science background than I can chime as to the pros and cons on different homemade masks. Here are some links I dug up:

www.instructables.com/id/GasMask/

http://www.survivetheapocalypse.net/2011/03/22/how-to-make-a-homemade-tear-gas-mask/

http://www.ehow.com/how_5251836_make-gas-mask.html

[-] 0 points by necropaulis (491) 7 years ago

see above. Seriously. take respirator (like you find in the paint sectio) mask and put a good layer around the edge you put to your face. This will completely seal your mouth and nose. I have put it to use. Weather stripping will not conform to your face. The other kind also will not, and still has holes in it.

[-] 1 points by divineright (664) 7 years ago

The aforementioned respirators will only filter debris particles and not chemicals though correct? I guess I should specify when I say weatherstripping as well (I'm not talking about the rigid thick rubber variety). There is a thin foam-backed weatherstripping that can be applied like adhesive tape to conform to any shape. It should be easy to find at any hardware store though I can't recall the brand name of the product I've used.

http://www.ehow.com/facts_7496523_respirator-vs-gas-mask.html

[-] 1 points by DrGonzo71 (44) from Beijing, Beijing 7 years ago

Activated carbon is the same material used in military gas masks to absorb organic toxins.

[-] 1 points by divineright (664) 7 years ago

Thanks. I'll take a closer look and see what's available in my area.