Men dust no more! Don't vacuum, rather use the air compressor with the
air blow tool...
Open a door and then a window. Then stick a box fan so it blows air
out the window. Then use the compressor / air blow tool to blow all
the dust off everything, then most of the dust goes out the window!
This works great for around a stereo / TV where it gets all that dust
back behind the components. Also cleans off the remote controls and
things like a phone.
(I just did some dry-walling and had dust everywhere and the
compressor in the living room... which gave me the idea.)
I have used either compressed air or an electric blower many times in my
house after renovations. I have a large family room with a stamped concrete
floor. It's time to move everything out, blow it out, blow it out again,
mop very wetly, wet vac, mop very wetly, wet vac, mop last time with clear
water, let air dry for two days, blow it out again, apply final sealer coat.
Good for 3-5 years. About 275 sf.
Those silk plants, and complex fake plastic things clean very well with
compressed air, also. Lots of things. Just have vent fans going, or you
are only moving it around.
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I have an outside air hose by the back steps. A quick "scan" with the blaster
nozzle gets all the crud out of the tread of my shoes before I go inside after
gardening. I probably use more air on that than anything else. The 10 foot
copper pipe, adjustable end nozzle gutter cleaner runs a close second.
What great ideas. I was looking for an excuse to buy an auto-retracting air
hose to mount below the porch and now I have it. Tell me more about the air
powered gutter cleaning wand. Home brew or COTS?
From the nurses lounge at the hospital that we transport most of our
ambulance cases to. Read after the style of a Jeff Foxworthy "You
might be a redneck if..." comedy routine.
You might work in a hospital emergency department if you've ever had
someone look you right in the eye and deny any knowledge of how some
foreign object got into some orifice of their body.
Thanks for the inspiration. That sounds a lot less wieldy than the
cob job of leaf-blower, vac hose, and 2" PVC that I use to get up to
my 20foot high gutters.
And it might even work a tad better on my maple & oak droppings.
Yes, I recall making a wand for the hose that was about 16' long and getting
my first face full of muck. That puppy sure did kick. The problem seems to
be that to make it rigid enough not to flex, you would have to make it too
heavy to use. I was going to try finned tubing to see if that added enough
rigidity to make it useful, but I never was able to find any. (This was in
the dark, pre-Internet days of the early 80's.) Besides, the backslash
ended my enthusiasm for power flushing the gutter.
Why do women insist on using those mops and brushes that are about 8" wide?
I like the Navy swabbie type mops, and the 24" wide soft bristle brooms to
cover large areas of hard flooring. Gets it done quick, and does a good
job. But women tend to like those toothbrush sized utensils.
She WAS impressed at the way compressed air cleans off the silk plants, and
some of the statuary that has a lot of nooks and crannies. And I think she
actually uses it when I'm not around, but she denies doing so. But I can
tell by the way she coils the hose............. ;-)
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Thanks for the info! How do you keep from getting a face full of gutter
muck? That's been the issue with the water driven method I occasionally
use. Every once in a while, I get a backscatter of muck which is much
better fertilizer than it is face cream.
I was almost going to get a IRobot gutter sweeper but it looked like more
trouble than it was worth.
Is there any truly "no maintenance" gutter system out there? A long
motorized auger running the length of the gutter might work. I know the
screens don't work. Stuff catches on them and the water runs right over
Bobby G. (an On Topic thread! We're running almost 50% off topic these
days. Where's our statistician? We need to know what the OT signal to
noise ratio is)
That's a pretty big "secret weapon" against muck kickbacks. I always get
into trouble in the area around the gutter supports. Still, it's worth a
try . . .
Sounds like it's worth a shot. I'll post if I decide to build my own air
pressure wand. I wonder if there's some way to build a gutter "pig" like
the ones they use in pipelines. Something that sits up there with a pull
rope on each side that I can use to drag the assembly from side to side.
It's hard to believe so little progress has been made in gutter cleaning
since gutters were first implemented.
When I hit the lotto and build my dream house- No Gutters! Big
overhangs, yard sloped away from house, and something that won't form
ruts at the drip lines. In the neighborhoods around my other house down
in Lake Charles, no more than 1/3 of the houses even have gutters at
all. And it rains a lot down there. The trees also drop leaves pretty
much year around, in spurts. (Kinda like a shedding dog.) The
gutterless houses generally have a skinny gravel-filled trench at drip
line, or a row of thirsty-species bushes, sometimes in 1950s style long
skinny planter boxes.
This house doesn't have gutters (exposed, fake, rafter ends) and the trench at
the drip line is a PITA (as is the mud sprayed back on the brick). I'm adding
pavers around the front and one side to deflect the rain. I'll eventually
replace the mulch in the beds with rock and bury the pavers.
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