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    Re: Do any of you guys pay for house cleaning services?

    I live in a large 1 bedroom apartment and I can easily handle the cleaning myself. I'm not a neat freak but the trick is to always clean after yourself when you do something and don't let it sit and gather. Cooking food - clean everything up right after, keep the bathtub clean after use, keep cleaning the toilet so it doesn't have any buildup of stains, etc. Then about once every other week I run through the place with the vacuum, hardwood floor cleaner, and a furniture duster. Every 6 months I clean the windows. Easy peasy.

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    Re: Do any of you guys pay for house cleaning services?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris007 View Post
    I live in a large 1 bedroom apartment and I can easily handle the cleaning myself. I'm not a neat freak but the trick is to always clean after yourself when you do something and don't let it sit and gather. Cooking food - clean everything up right after, keep the bathtub clean after use, keep cleaning the toilet so it doesn't have any buildup of stains, etc. Then about once every other week I run through the place with the vacuum, hardwood floor cleaner, and a furniture duster. Every 6 months I clean the windows. Easy peasy.
    One room pad? Think of how easy cleanup is for someone living in their van! Less is certainly more when it comes to cleaning! I sometimes find myself envying someone living in a shipping container off grid, way off grid, dropped in by helicopter.
    In the beginning, it only ate men, now it's coming for the women and children, and nothing can stop it.

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    Re: Do any of you guys pay for house cleaning services?

    Quote Originally Posted by mgtower View Post
    One room pad? Think of how easy cleanup is for someone living in their van! Less is certainly more when it comes to cleaning! I sometimes find myself envying someone living in a shipping container off grid, way off grid, dropped in by helicopter.
    I'm trying to downsize, economically. I have a couple of dongas that I'm planning to make home on my industrial block... It's not off grid but out of the family end of town. Smaller is better.

    Donga = transportable building

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    Re: Do any of you guys pay for house cleaning services?

    Quote Originally Posted by RustyNuts View Post
    I'm trying to downsize, economically. I have a couple of dongas that I'm planning to make home on my industrial block... It's not off grid but out of the family end of town. Smaller is better.

    Donga = transportable building
    I started out living in a motorhome located in a 200 yo 5 story defunct textile mill, had the place all to myself, it was on a river bend that surrounded the property, I slept with a 12ga pump (sawed off), that was then. Now I sleep with an 18" dagger on my nightstand next to me. I want to keep the holes to a minimum and no blood spatter, plus with hardwood floors and tile, cleanup's a snap! I would roll them out some plastic if I knew they were coming...
    In the beginning, it only ate men, now it's coming for the women and children, and nothing can stop it.

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    Re: Do any of you guys pay for house cleaning services?

    I clean my own place. It's not that I enjoy cleaning, but I don't like people being in or around my space. I'll just put on a podcast or a documentary and listen while I work. I wash my laundry at a laundromat, mostly because I don't like to dump that much water into my old septic system (drainfield is relatively new, but tank is small by modern standards). Long-term plan is to install a greywater irrigation system and then that concern will be a moot point.

    I also cut my own grass. It's a time-consuming and exhausting chore, especially during the hottest parts of the summer, but landscapers around here all want way too much money (in my opinion) for the amount of time it would take them with their commercial machines. I could get a used tractor and reduce the time it takes, but I like the control a walk-behind mower gives me. I don't even need to use a string trimmer, which is good, because my ex-wife took the nice one I had when she left (the thing had an actual 4-stroke engine on it, with an oil reservoir; no mixing oil and gas). My POS Craftsman mower quit earlier in the season and it wasn't worth repairing it (even if I did the work myself) but someone gave me an OLD Deere push mower with a Briggs Commercial engine on it, 190cc and almost 9 HP, and that thing is a beast.

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    Re: Do any of you guys pay for house cleaning services?

    Quote Originally Posted by mgtower View Post
    I started out living in a motorhome located in a 200 yo 5 story defunct textile mill, had the place all to myself, it was on a river bend that surrounded the property, I slept with a 12ga pump (sawed off), that was then. Now I sleep with an 18" dagger on my nightstand next to me. I want to keep the holes to a minimum and no blood spatter, plus with hardwood floors and tile, cleanup's a snap! I would roll them out some plastic if I knew they were coming...
    LOL, Shit!!! Nothing like that here.... Maybe an Outback Bushie wanders in looking for a smoke if the gates are open... I keep all easy grab items of value locked in the shed or sea containers.

    I have admired some of the old industrial buildings in America, they put a lot of work into some of the architecture and now it is left to crumble... It's a shame but it was from a different era and no longer economical to sustain industry. I have never envied the violent crime in America.

    Lecrae - Welcome to America (@lecrae @reachrecords) - YouTube

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    Re: Do any of you guys pay for house cleaning services?

    Quote Originally Posted by RustyNuts View Post
    LOL, Shit!!! Nothing like that here.... Maybe an Outback Bushie wanders in looking for a smoke if the gates are open... I keep all easy grab items of value locked in the shed or sea containers.

    I have admired some of the old industrial buildings in America, they put a lot of work into some of the architecture and now it is left to crumble... It's a shame but it was from a different era and no longer economical to sustain industry. I have never envied the violent crime in America.

    Lecrae - Welcome to America (@lecrae @reachrecords) - YouTube
    The only reason rural America doesn't have a violent reputation is because they bury their mistakes thereby freeing themselves from trials, accusations, and interrogations.

    A badass Baltimore gangbanger won't last 5 minutes in rural Kentucky!
    In the beginning, it only ate men, now it's coming for the women and children, and nothing can stop it.

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    Re: Do any of you guys pay for house cleaning services?

    never have, never will - i have a small house and i clean one room each day which keeps it easy to maintain, need to vacuum clean each day anyway since i have my dogs inside at night and bad weather days. Sometimes i spend a Saturday morning to include windows and stuff. i dont want to hire someone cuz that would mean i need to be carefull stuff isnt ''missing'' after they leave with it. no thanks, i can look after myself and my 2 dogs.

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    Re: Do any of you guys pay for house cleaning services?

    Sorry for the "off topic" above.

    Just got off the phone with a friend and the topic was how mud sticks to your tires and doesn't come off until you hit the driveway and pull in your garage, no matter what it is, lawnmower to skid-steer, we figure it's because the grass and ground is soft and conforms to the tire, then the second you go on pavement the tire conforms to the flat and spits out the mud (wet or dry).

    Yea it's bitch, but I use an electric leave blower to blow the dirt, sand, and grit away left behind by the enriched tires, which brings back on topic.

    How many of you discovered the smokeless wonder cleaning power of a battery operated leave blower? I use it to dust behind, under, and inside the back of my refrigerator, the washer and drier (including blowing out the exhaust vent), under and behind my office furniture, sofa, drapes, blinds, and everywhere else dust congregates out of reach or embedded. I do it with all the windows and doors wide open on a windy day, then afterwards I vacuum the entire floor where the heavies settled. It took a little practice to avoid being destructive by sending things aloft or knocking them over. I call it the no-fuck-around approach to whole house dusting.

    Central vac, hardwood, tiles, and a leave blower turns an 8 to 10 hour job into 1 hr. 25 minutes and does a much more thorough job, nothing can hide from lithium, and it doesn't smoke out your house like 2 stroke!
    In the beginning, it only ate men, now it's coming for the women and children, and nothing can stop it.

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    Re: Do any of you guys pay for house cleaning services?

    Quote Originally Posted by mgtower View Post
    The topic was how mud sticks to your tires and doesn't come off until you hit the driveway and pull in your garage, no matter what it is, lawnmower to skid-steer, we figure it's because the grass and ground is soft and conforms to the tire, then the second you go on pavement the tire conforms to the flat and spits out the mud (wet or dry).
    I've noticed this also... I always figured it had to do with Murphy's Law...

    Murphy's law - Wikipedia

    I've dealt with that problem most of my working life, I never tried to solve it. Normally heaps of crap to clean up after the job so it's all part of it.

    I knew them as Rice Tires, I see they are called Cane Tires or Paddy Tires, they hold mud until where you don't want mud... You need a skid steer to clean up after them. On a small tractor here, I delt with them on harvesters double the size of tire, x 4 amount of mud in the tread...

    Rice Tires to the Rescue! - YouTube

    Now that I work in hard rock mining, we use a lot of slicks.... No tread.

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    Re: Do any of you guys pay for house cleaning services?

    Quote Originally Posted by RustyNuts View Post
    I've noticed this also... I always figured it had to do with Murphy's Law...

    Murphy's law - Wikipedia

    I've dealt with that problem most of my working life, I never tried to solve it. Normally heaps of crap to clean up after the job so it's all part of it.

    I knew them as Rice Tires, I see they are called Cane Tires or Paddy Tires, they hold mud until where you don't want mud... You need a skid steer to clean up after them. On a small tractor here, I delt with them on harvesters double the size of tire, x 4 amount of mud in the tread...

    Rice Tires to the Rescue! - YouTube

    Now that I work in hard rock mining, we use a lot of slicks.... No tread.
    I was watching a mining video, they used an compressed air powered mucker on rails, I thought to myself it would work allot better with hard rubber on the drive wheels, the steel wheels just spun when they needed the machine to dig, rubber tracks even better. No doubt the dirt and grit give the steel wheels traction, but those drive wheels were sparking like a Bic lighter's wheel!
    In the beginning, it only ate men, now it's coming for the women and children, and nothing can stop it.

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    Re: Do any of you guys pay for house cleaning services?

    Quote Originally Posted by mgtower View Post
    I was watching a mining video, they used an compressed air powered mucker on rails, I thought to myself it would work allot better with hard rubber on the drive wheels, the steel wheels just spun when they needed the machine to dig, rubber tracks even better. No doubt the dirt and grit give the steel wheels traction, but those drive wheels were sparking like a Bic lighter's wheel!
    Rails, some small mines still use them here, but getting rare. Steel on steel is low friction, easy to move, they used battery locos to move the cars on the level. Some air powered muckers have rubber wheels and are trackless, I have only seen photos. Very low chance of fire with type of equipment.

    I work in a trackless mine. All diesel powered, drills run on 1000v when drilling. There is still compressed air mainly for the long hole drills, blowing out the holes.

    To make cutting rubber easy, wet with soapy water, then use a knife. It is wet underground, and the mud can be very much like soap, tires cut easy on sharp rock. Slicks work well, more traction on sharp rocks, it's not your normal car tire rubber. Tire chains are sometimes used. Rubber tracks do not work well on hard rock, they are great on soft soil. Steel tracks are for hard rock, but high maintenance at high speed, so not used much.

    We are way off topic... Best way to change your whites to a dull grey? Use the same washing machine for work clothes as normal laundry... I do not own any white clothes.


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