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Old 06-10-2011, 06:13 PM   #1
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After reading yesterday about the spanking one of the painting business's here gave another painting company that was sanding next door----

I was appalled to see that after some painters at my neighbors house last evening finished up a porch( some kind of faux slate-look)

.....he was dumping stuff into the drain....

I had been seeing gray stuff a few days prior and could not figure out where or what it was. In the side yard of the back yard..is an easement the department of highways owns that flows into an additional creek at the end of the yard that belongs to Dept. Natural Resources.

I didn't say anything to them directly. I don't want a scuttle....the boys in these parts carry guns and are wacky.....and don't want neighbor issues

the calls have been made......though.

These waterways have fish, huge turtles, frogs.....

I have never poured stuff directly into a storm drain, and surprised to see them do that- I would have thought my neighbor would have suggested maybe another method. don't think the sink would be much better-but that atleast goes to waste treatment plant.

this is why I get in a bunch with painting.

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Old 06-10-2011, 06:35 PM   #2
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Well to be honest, I will dump water in the drain. We usualy keep a bucket of water for wetting our rags. Also will keep a bucket of soap, water and a sponge for washing dirty items on the house.

Of course if he was dumping thinner, thats bad to say the least.
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I find a low point in the ground to dump it in. Most it hurts is a few bugs.
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Old 06-10-2011, 06:48 PM   #4
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Even latex washout is bad to put directly in water. Storm drains discharge directly to waterways. Do not do this guys. If it goes through waste treatment it is fine.

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I didn't say anything to them directly. I don't want a scuttle....the boys in these parts carry guns and are wacky.....
Yes we do, and yes we are
If another company came over to my jobsite and told my guy to stop working I would be down there directly to talk with him
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I don't think they were using any kind of products that used thinner..

I clean my stuff at a utility sink mostly when available..

I try to avoid oil...and lacquers..on every job...thought that this would be virtually impossible...but not at all....

I also pour out stuff at this job site in gravel that is placed around the foundation or further out in the dirt(today dirty caulk water)---but that is not so good. I would prefer a sink, but it is not in at this time.
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If another company came over to my jobsite and told my guy to stop working I would be down there directly to talk with him
Lol, I told a guy to stop sanding unlawfully next to my jobsite the other day and he was all deer in the headlights.
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hey listen bender-

I make my choices based on what makes me feel safe. I was able to inadvertantly and discreetly do what I feel was and is necessary....and by the way......in my own way in the past, I am a hypocrite...

I have poured dirty thinner out into the ground on numerous occasions, I do not do that now...

- I think no-one here is spotless on either tax's nor toxins...but then again, I could be wrong.
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I dated a man from blackfoot and he gave me testimony that boise was weird....
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Irresponsible, illegal and gives us all a bad name.
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Irresponsible, illegal and gives us all a bad name.
On the ship all brush and roll tools are tossers.

Any thinner is used in thinning paint any dirty thinner is thinned into paint.

We have DOT drums used for paint waste
all paint used and areas painted is recorded in quantity to conform to EPA Regs.

Dumping anything can result in Stiff Penalties.

When we paint aboard we do something called the Texas 2 step. Prep for 7 hours and Prime. Throw away Tools. Prep for 7 hours and prime throw away tools.

After a area gets fully primed we Sand and Paint. The reason for this is our priming tools shed BAD. So we sand all the fuss and bristles out of the primer cause those primer tools are cost affect "cheap".

Then for the Finish we Break out the Quality Tools. Mohair and china bristle and do an area we did the Texas 2 step on for days sometimes weeks at a time.

Yes PITA but EPA regs are regs. I would rather live with the regs than the STIFF fines that can be result.

This is reality in the marine world and those DOT drums that we dispose of are
not cheap.

My suggestion to this issue is use everything on the wall any dirty thinner used for cleaning tools put into your primer.

All it takes is the competition taking a pic of you doing the NASTY. And you are toast
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