|Forum topic by OldWrangler||posted 07-06-2014 05:11 PM||862 views||0 times favorited||28 replies|
07-06-2014 05:11 PM
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.
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