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OldWrangler

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07-06-2014 05:11 PM

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Are there a lot of people on here that enjoy cleaning their shop? Not many if any. A lot of us can’t afford a dust collection system or have no room to put one, some of us can’t even bend down to pick up scrap, like myself I really hate pushing a broom and most time I have so many projects going at once I don’t have the time so our shops become what my wife calls “a Maelstrom of Dust”. Sometimes when I finish for the day and take a shower, I cough up sawdust and I blow my nose, it comes out brown. I tried to wear a respirator and even the hospital masks but I can’t work like that. Hell, at 76 I might as well die from sawdust rather than something that hurts.

So here’s my deal. I’ve had the same yard man for 6 years. He’s here every other Tues and keep my yards mowed, trimmed, blown, driveways washed and will do about anything I ask him to do from plants shrubs to repairs on my greenhouse. Well, he has been in my shop plenty of times and the other day he asked if I could make his wife a bathroom towel cabinet. He asked how much and could he trade labor for it. I told him I’d be happy to make it with no charge. He then suggested he could clean my shop. Why didn’t I think of that?

We talked and he said he always had some spare time and he could do a good job and keep it clean. We talked price and decided if he did it with his regular scheduled day after the yard work, he do it for $25. That an unbelievable $50 a month to not have to wade around in piles of shavings, scraps and dust. He’s gonna shop vac most, blow some of shelves with the compressor, bag the trash and tote it out for the trash pick-up. Boy, am I gonna be in heaven. He’ll be here this Tuesday and I’ll be out of town but coming home I should have a surprise.

He needs the extra money for the family and I sure need the help in the shop. It’s a “win-win” with me getting the best deal. If he really does a good job, I may bump the money up another $10 or $15. This guy is an illegal Mexican who has been here 8 years, speaks English pretty good, has 3 kids in public school who are bi-lingual and his wife is a maid. He gets no food stamps, rent subsidies, Medicaid and makes his own way without costing us a nickel. He really likes living here and his last 2 kids were born here so he has a legal anchor.

DID I GET A DEAL OR WHAT? Does this give any of y’all any ideas? Comments welcome but no preaching, please.

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason


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bigblockyeti

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#1 posted 07-06-2014 05:36 PM

If it’s worth it to you, then it’s a deal. You left out some key elements, such as the size of your shop and how long he’s spending to complete the task.

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ralbuck

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#2 posted 07-06-2014 06:11 PM

Many of the “illegals” are not any more ILLEGAL than the rest of us! They are just newer arrivals!!

READ the statue of liberty motto! I do NOT THINK the pilgrims, or the Spanish, or Columbus had VISAS!

Good for both of YOU!

-- just rjR

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OldWrangler

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#3 posted 07-06-2014 06:22 PM

Thank you Ralbuck. The shop is 24’x26’ and crowded with machines. Concrete floor. He figures after he initially gets it cleaned up that future clean ups will take about 2 hours. First time in will probably take 3-4 hours and I’ll pay him extra for that. He does my front, back and 2 side yards in 2-2 1/2 hours and I give him $35. Sometimes he helps me break down pallets and I give him some of the wood.

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason

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bigblockyeti

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#4 posted 07-06-2014 06:42 PM

Given what’s involved, I’d say you got a deal.

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Dallas

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#5 posted 07-06-2014 06:43 PM

OW, If you want something to collect the dust in the air, why didn’t you holler?

I have an extra 3/4HP squirrel cage from an indoor unit of a central heat/AC unit.

I would be happy to give you the motor and cage if you want it, heck, I could even build you a box.

NO CHARGE

You just have to pick it up and it would get it out of my way.

Mine makes a huge difference in the shop, no need for a mask and no more coughing up a log or two at night.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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redryder

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#6 posted 07-06-2014 07:27 PM

You don’t want any preaching.

That pretty much sums up the fact that you know that what you are doing is wrong.

Know one has to tell you or the Mexican the definition of the word “illegal”.

He pays no taxes, sends his kids to school for free, gets free medical from the local emergency room and takes away a legal persons job.

And of course as you rave about, you get a great financial deal.

Hope this doesn’t come off as preachy and ya, I’m one of those who likes to keep my shop clean…...........

-- mike...............

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DIYaholic

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#7 posted 07-06-2014 07:42 PM

ILLEGAL….

‘nuff said!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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OldWrangler

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#8 posted 07-06-2014 08:02 PM

He’s not taking a job away from any American. Try to find one who will mow lawns all day. As for paying taxes, who cares. He is below the poverty level and wouldn’t have to pay anything anyways. And there are a hell of a lot of American kids getting free milk and lunches that are gonna resent it and grow up to be thugs. These kids appreciate everything they get. In the summer when school is out, these kids sometimes come with their dad. They are quiet and respectful and a pleasure to be around.

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason

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DIYaholic

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#9 posted 07-06-2014 08:10 PM

I mow lawns all day!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Richard Hillius

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#10 posted 07-06-2014 08:11 PM

You probably should have left the illegal part of the story off as it does nothing but charge the discussion unless that’s what you intended.

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English

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#11 posted 07-06-2014 08:20 PM

Sounds like you got a great thing going there!

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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OldWrangler

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#12 posted 07-06-2014 08:39 PM

Richard, I put the illegal to see how many knee-jerkers we have. He is what he is and for a 76 y/o cripple….he is a great asset,

DIYaholic…do you really mow all day long? I am pleased for you that you are in good enough shape to be able to work like that. Do you do pretty well with that? Seems like it would be a tough way to scrape by. Good Luck

-- If trees could scream, would we still cut them down. We might, if they did it all the time for no good reason

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DIYaholic

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#13 posted 07-06-2014 08:48 PM

Yes, I mow lawns all day….10 hours a day. I do OK, as I’m the foreman, that’s “hands on” foreman. At 52 years young, it ain’t an easy day!!! Thanks, for the well wishes.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Iwud4u

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#14 posted 07-06-2014 08:49 PM

Sorry, I don’t share your enthusiasm.
76 or 25, doesn’t matter. (And you have been supporting it for 6 years.) “Your Bad”

Whether I pay income tax or not there is still something called self employment tax! Who’s going to take care of him when he can no longer work?

-- It's far better to be criticized by a wise person than applauded by a fool --

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Dallas

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#15 posted 07-06-2014 08:56 PM

GO for it OW, it’s no worse than supporting the WIC program or any of the myriad programs puported to help the people.

I’ve worked my behind off all my life and have not one thing to show for it.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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