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Old 05-09-2012, 05:14 PM   #1
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We work on a wide variety of sites, and about half the time it's either new construction with no water hooked up &/or disposal for dirty water, or high-end/fussy fussy clients who forbid cleaning paint items in their home.
The result is the eventual ruin of brushes (which we have to wrap in plastic & clean later); and either using plastic-lined buckets which as you know are not ideal or spending too much time cleaning caked-on buckets or throwing them out. All of the above is an environmentally crappy waste of water & worker time. Any thoughts/solutions?

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Old 05-09-2012, 05:32 PM   #2
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Whenever I work for a client that doesn't want me cleaning my tools in their sink, I usually do it on their front lawn. Jk.
Seriously, I plastic everything up and wash it at my house. Its a PIA but before I bid the job, I ask if they have a utility sink to wash my tools. If they tell me they do but don't want me using it, I add it into the bill.
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I fill a five full with water and pour out a little at a time for minor cleaning and by the end of the day I soak my brushes and frames in the dirty water in another five during transport. Cutting cups are .70 cents- throw them out and same with pan liners. You can reuse them once or twice if you take a minute and spread them smooth and let them dry. I have a rotation of drying buckets and liners. But at the end of the day jobs like these should have produced enough profit that cheap things can be thrown out.
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I've even taken brushes back to my hotel (on out of town jobs) and cleaned them in the sink. Nothing like sneaking 4 purdys in a bag through the lobby of the Westin.
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Wrap em up in plastic and take em home and wash em. I NEVER would even think to do so in a clients home, slop sink or not.
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This goes to a recent thread about employees using their own brushes when working for paint contractors. Most contractors were posting that their employees were responsible for their own brushes. I disagree and this thread spells out why.
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Good job planning depends on knowing what is available and self providing what is needed.

Take a couple of fives filled with water and put the cover on tight.

You could also save your own personal "waste water"



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I always wash my tools in the clients home. I've even used their kitchen sink.
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If you use the Wooster roller buckets I can send you some complementary liners
Cuts clean up time to one minute without water
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I pee mine clean.
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I've even taken brushes back to my hotel (on out of town jobs) and cleaned them in the sink. Nothing like sneaking 4 purdys in a bag through the lobby of the Westin.
That's purdy interesting.
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I pee mine clean.
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ah - the heady memories of strategically placing an empty can in a basement closet on n/c
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When theres no water, just bring some if you need some.

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I always wash my tools in the clients home. I've even used their kitchen sink.

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ah - the heady memories of strategically placing an empty can in a basement closet on n/c

been there, done that
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I've cleaned at least one paint brush out in a toilet before. Worked ok. Clean water for a final rinse...just flush.

I don't remember when, where, or why... but I remember doing it, so I must have.
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Hmmmn, the ol' toilet clean.... I m a sick person, and I never even thought of that. As for the other posts, I have definitely p'd in a bucket while hiding in the basement, used sink for a brush or two, cleaning up like the guilty guy that I am...
But the key to this issue was posted above by Scottjr, add it to the bill. 20 brushes, assorted trays, equipment (no talk of nap cleaning here...or employee brush buying/cleaning, although my employees have sinks of their own) this takes time, therefore, HO pays.
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Fiver with trash bag liner, little detergent, water.

Place brushes and sleeves in the soapy water in the bag in the bucket, tie the top of the bag and place lid on the bucket. The sloshing/agitating action of the water on the way home helps make the brushes and sleeves easier to clean when you get home.

Closing the top of the bag may not be necessary, but buckets have been know to tilt over. Sudden breaking, sudden swerving to avoid accidents, etc,.

Actually, my vehicle is usually so packed w ith stuff, the bucket is normally pretty secure in its upright position.

P.S. THe bag helps keep the bucket clean
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Get off your high horse. I know a lot of contractors that do it and clients don't care. Where else are you supposed to clean your tools? I'm not bagging up my tools to clean at home....that's just stupid.
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