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Forum topic by dmoney posted 01-18-2010 01:05 AM 1206 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2010 01:05 AM

Sawdust comes in handy for cleaning up messes
kinda common sense, but here’s what I’ve been using it for lately:
I don’t have a drain in my garage and it’s been pretty snowy here lately. Every time I pull in my car, there is a puddle of mud/slush/water on my garage floor.

I dump a 5 gallon bucket of sawdust on it, spread it around, and sweep it back up. It makes the garage floor look clean and new! for a day or two :)

-- Derek, Iowa

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#1 posted 01-18-2010 01:07 AM

sounds like a plan

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#2 posted 01-18-2010 10:03 AM

Works great for the oopps when changing your oil in the car also.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#3 posted 01-18-2010 10:15 AM

See thats what I like about this site. Now I have a response when I get yelled at about the sawdust all over the place. See its there for a REASON. Its not making the garage messy, its there to keep it clean!

Yea yea thats it.

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#4 posted 01-18-2010 11:23 AM

In the janitorial supply industry—or, Housekeeping Engineering, if you will—there is widely-used sweeping compounds that looks mostly made of sawdust. And it’s not cheap. Used in warehouses, public commercial and high traffic areas. Not just for spills but to contain loose material such as paper, etc.

So, you see, even with our waste we are creating a valuable and very expensive by-product from our noble woodworking pursuits.

Not to get overly profound… set up and maintain a clean, organized workshop loaded with smartly-acquired tools and gizmos producing many projects at a furious pace, or take three years to make a small, simple box.

Outside of your family, there are extremely few quality things you can do better in your life.


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#5 posted 01-18-2010 04:46 PM

Good idea Derek. I take some of it and mix it with melted wax. Spoon it into egg cartons and pack it. Let it harden. Then I just break each carton compartment apart and use them for fire starters in my fireplace.

I also take some and till it into the garden.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 01-18-2010 11:11 PM

If you are a composter, sawdust is a good “brown” element. Mix it with some grass clippings as a “green” element. I currently have 2 garbage bags full of sawdust in my garage (yes, even I think that is a bit weird). In the spring I will use it to mulch around some tree seedlings I planted. I will mix it with grass because from what I have read, decomposing wood will rob the soil (and seedling) of nitrogen. Grass provides the nitrogen.

I am just starting thiis year with this. We’ll see how it goes.

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#7 posted 01-18-2010 11:16 PM

when i worked at a lumber yard we used it to absorb the oil leaks the forklifts left overnight…worked great…good for puke too

-- M.K.

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