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Old 05-11-2012, 11:37 PM   #1
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Where Do You Clean Up?


I was washing some buckets from a recent tile job. Some had grout in them, some grout water, others had mortar and the tray for the tile saw.

I am curious as to where everyone washes their crap out. I usually scrape all of the solid debris from the buckets and tray and then rinse them out in a discrete location in the yard or in a wash out tub in the laundry or basement. Any where that I do it, I feel like I am doing something wrong.

What are your thoughts? Where do you do your washing business?
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Old 05-12-2012, 01:18 AM   #2
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Buckets get caped off for the ride back to the shop. At the shop we will dump off any solids in the dumpster. Any grout water gets poured in our gravel parking lot away from the building. We never wash out down the sink.... Can cause problems down the road. I don't really like doing a "wash out" at a customers house unless we have made prior arrangements with them. Much like yourself I feel like I'm doing something I shouldn't tell my mother about.

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Never dump a waste bucket down a drain.

That said, try working in the basement of a high rise building in the Loop

I get to dump UNDER State St, that great street....

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cement based product cleanup water is done off site unless I have an agreement where I can dump it.
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I'm with you Rob,
I do pretty much exactly what you do. Although lately I've been letting all the grout, thinset, or cement based stuff harden, then bang it out of the bucket with a hammer once it dries. I would like to have a portable "wash station" but don't know how much of a PITA that would be.
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If we have a bunch of muddy water we will dig a hole and dump it in there. Gypsum is great for soil
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I would like to have a portable "wash station" but don't know how much of a PITA that would be.
I was thinking the same thing. It's just a PITA to lug buckets of crap around.

Like I said, I get all of the solids out of the bucket. The only thing that gets dumped is slightly soiled water. Mostly just cloudy water.

I was thinking of an bucket insert that would filter the water out when you pulled it out of the bucket. The filter could then go right into the garbage or be made to reuse. But reusing just poses the same problem, you have to clean it out somewhere.
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If there's no where to get ride of solids then they stay in the gorilla tubs to set up then I just hit them with a hammer to break all the solids up but if theres dirty water then I just use the hose and rinse out in the yard and then rinse down the grass to stop it going white/gray. Also rinse my grout cleaning bucket out in the yard also.
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There is this,
The Sludgebuster

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ERROR: If you can see this, then YouTube is down or you don't have Flash installed.


It's kinda expensive, but will get a lot of use. Just leave it on the site until you are done. Maybe even upsell it as a wastewater treatment , or just use it to promote your cleanup practices. Or, I'm sure you could create a similar system using a series of 5 gallon buckets. Just don't know about the chemical additives to "clean" the wastewater.

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for the most part I switched to Rubbermaid Roughtotes. the 18 gal is as heavy as i want to mess with loaded with tearout. You can mix 2 bags of mortar and roll it around on a mini dolly. They are soft and flexible enough that you can let your mortar dry and flex it out the next day and use it again. Even better you can load mortar with your trowell no more digging with a margin. The dark green ones are the most durable and will last for 6-8 months. I have 8 of them that I use for trash, tools, mortar,grout, whatever. I use the lids under toilets as they keep everythign clean and the last bit of water dosnt drip all over the floor, you can also set the lid on a mini dolly and roll the toilet with out the spill or wax. 5 gal buckets are just silly once you use rough totes.
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Solids in one bucket... spray/cap... rinse the others...
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I ask the customer at the start of the job, where they want the wash out. Typically I suggest a place close to the curb, sometimes they request a special place like by the lot line where it'll drain into the neighbors yard.
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I don't know what's in thinset, grout, drywall mud, cement etc etc as the patch of grass where I wash stuff out all the time at my own house is nicer than any other part in my back yard.
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The neighbors yard ?
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All leftovers,grout ,mortar,drypack,whatever,get put in a tote,and dumped at the shop bin. Nearest sewer drain gets the grout water and other wastewater.. Then washed with clean bucket of water to not piss off neighbors.
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Lots of hills around here so it is not uncommon to have a retaining wall at the job-site. Behind that wall is the best place for us.

The video DManchester posted looks cool. But I am getting sick of hearing that every f**king thing causes cancer.
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Yeah, concrete sludge is a lot different than thinset or grout residue.
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I ask the customer first. If noone's around to ask, I look for areas where it wouldn't be noticeable. Under decks,gravel driveways or nearby woods usually.
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I dump plaster and thinset in the client's washing machine, concrete goes in the neighbor's driveway, but I don't get much repeat business so you may not want to listen to me
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I typical scoop out as much as I can by hand into the trash can I bring along with me, then give it a good brushing / spraying out in the side yard, preferably somewhere with gravel / mud / mulch where I won't be hurting any grass as mortar is fairly basic. I try to dilute it as much as possible and spread it over as big of an area as possible if I have no other choice by on the grass. Haven't had any issues thus far.

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