The Dust Bubble disposable dust collector adheres to walls and other surfaces for a quicker and easier post-drilling cleanup. The Dust Bubble also cuts down on preparation time because it eliminates the need to remove or protect furniture and other belongings in the vicinity of the to-be-drilled zone. Stick it. Drill it. Bin it. The days of holding a drill with one hand and a vacuum with the other are over!
A light adhesive backing makes the Dust Bubble easy to stick to painted and wallpapered walls. Once the Dust Bubble is attached to the wall, you expand it by pulling the tab, and then insert your drill bit through the crosshairs on the label. Drill your hole, keeping the bit spinning until it’s completely withdrawn. Peel off the Dust Bubble when you’re done, and discard it.
Although it’s likely a gross misuse of the product, I like to use Dust Bubbles when taking a hammer drill to my painted masonry walls, and I even reapply the same bubble for several holes. Dust Bubbles can only accept drill bits up to 10mm or 3/8″ in size, but you can circumvent this with creative use of Scotch tape. About 3″ in diameter, the flexible cavity provides enough containment for most home DIY projects.
You can buy Dust Bubbles in packs of 10 with either regular-strength adhesive, for painted or wallpapered walls, or super-strength for untreated surfaces. You can also get an industrial version that comes with a wetting agent to contain asbestos and other equally nasty substances.
They’re manufactured in the UK, and McMaster Carr distributes ’em in the US. You can find ’em in McMaster Carr’s catalog on page 2319, all the way at the bottom under “Drilling Debris Containment Bubble.” Alternatively, you can search for part number “8937A11.” If you know of similar products or even better DIY solutions, tell us about them in comments.