Now that I'd refinished one of my cabinet doors, I'm wondering what to do
with all the crap that will come off it when I remove the old varnish
See I'm using CitrusStrip to remove the varnish and one thing that it
creates is a lot of gelatanous goopy crap that you have to scrape off. But
what do I do with that goop - toss it in the trash, store it in the sealed
metal container, put it in a jar and call it a family heirloom? I'm at a
loss for how to get rid of the by-products without ruining the environment,
poisioning the groundwater, or poisoning myself for that matter. One I
could handle, I wiped it up with a paper towel and tossed it in the trash,
but not 10 or 12 - at least not without asking.
Most of the citrus based products won't harm the environment by
themselves. But when combined with the dissolved finishes that are
still goopy they can be pretty poisonous to things.
I put mine in a bucket, mix it with sawdust, and the first really
sunny day I spread it out on contractor bag to dry out in the hot
sun. When it is hard and crunchy, I sweep it off and put it in the
bag and put it out with the rest of the trash.
According to the guys I buy my really harsh stripper from, this is
also a good way to get rid of their product. They key in both
instances is to get the product stablilized and completely dry.
Sun, May 6, 2007, 10:35pm (EDT-3) firstname.lastname@example.org doth sayeth:
<snip> I spread it out on contractor bag to dry <snip>
I've gotta ask. Contractor bag? You mean concrete, or what?
What is life without challenge and a constant stream of new
- Peter Egan
On May 7, 4:55 pm, email@example.com (J T) wrote:
Well, the empty concrete bags are indeed used for utility purposes on
occasion. But I buy these thick plastic bags (soemthing like 3 or 3.5
mil thick) that are made from a really tough plastic. They will hold
about 30 lbs, sometimes more of debris.
They are marked "contractor cleanup bags" at the lumberyard. I think
HD has them, too.
I don't know where you live, but many cities of any size have a hazardous
waste drop off depot. I live in Houston and we have a model facility where
you just drive through and unload whatever we need to - in and out in two
minutes. They have workers wearing rubber gloves and protective gear to
accept whatever concoction you bring in. Look up your city waste disposal
number in the phone book and call them.
That woudl be nice! Nothing like that here, though.
Absolutely no need. We are presented with the opportunity 3 times a
year for a full weekend (advertised in the newspaper and on TV) by the
city to get rid of anything considered hazardous that wasn't used in a
So no heavy, 55 gallon drums of metal laden acids from the metal
plating plant, etc. Anything else is OK.
Still, I always look for the easiest, safe way to do something. If I
can SAFELY dispose of material myself, I will. And since a measured
gallon of stripped "goo" is a lot in this context, I don't mind the
extra steps for such a small amount of material.
The model facility would certainly be handy for old latex, primer,
etc. However, San Antonio is encouraging us contractors to turn in
the oil or solvent based products on hazmat disposal day (contractors
pay a fee), but to simply dry out the latex products and dispose of
the dried stuff container and all. Although they view their stance as
ecouragement, actual failure to dispose of hazmats correctly will
incur large fines, and if you are a "pro", some very large fines.
Not to pick on the suggestor of the kitty litter, as it's a good one,
Why do we always specify "old" kitty litter, toothbrushes, panty hose...
My old toothbrushes are gross, used kitty litter stinks, and I don't
wear panty hose (although I do have a hockey garter belt ;^0). None of
that stuff is that expensive that I see a big deal in buying new when I
really need it. <G>
Don't forget, Oil Dri is essentially the same stuff as kitty litter.
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