Tile-setter Joel Beaton spent 17 years inhaling dust from powdered grout and mortar, which often leads to “potter’s rot,” or silicosis, an occupational lung disease marked by asthmatic symptoms. Now Beaton has invented a vacuum attachment that snaps onto a mixing bucket and keeps dust from escaping. The tool evenly distributes the vacuum’s suction so it draws in the maximum amount of debris. It’s a simple idea, with brilliant results. $20; waletale.net
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