Posts Tagged ‘bucket’

Dad-Blamed Houston Pot Holes!

August 18, 2022
Hit a bad pot hole and braked hard. Didn’t realize until I got to my jobsite that this almost-full bucket of wallpaper paste had tumped over in the back of my van . I had to return home to scrape it out and hose it out . Then came back to my clients’ and scooped paste out of the gutter .
I will make mention that inflation has hit the chemical and home repair industry, too. A year ago this 5-gallon bucket of 780 paste cost $38 . For the same thing last week I paid $85 .

Plastic Lids on Paint Cans

July 19, 2022
I’m used to paint and primer products coming in metal cans with metal lids. Lately some companies are using plastic cans with a metal rim, and then a metal lid. I think they’re trying to be environmentally-conscious … Although, truth be told, most such cans – plastic or metal – are not recyclable, due to product residue left in the can and it would take more effort and energy and water to rinse it out and then put that residue into our water system.
Besides that, besides the best efforts on the part of us consumers, reports are that most plastics aren’t recycled, anyway.
Moving on … when I couldn’t get my usual primer I bought some of this alternate. I was surprised to see not just a plastic bucket, but also plastic lids.
Not a big deal. Just something different, and maybe better for the ecology, somehow.
The main thing for me is, the lids don’t seem to go back on easily or completely, even when I stood on the can with my full weight. 🙂
So, some worries about the product drying out, and / or splashing out of the can when I shake it.
And probably need to use a hammer to get the can securely closed.

Can We Please Ditch the Ditch?

April 28, 2019


Houston may be the 4th largest city in the nation, but many / most of its older neighborhoods don’t have curbs and gutters, but instead use ditches for drainage.

How would you like to cross this every time you need something from the van?

And why, oh why, did I stash that 50lb bucket of paste in the side door??!

On a serious note, sometimes parking issues like this (another common one is townhome complexes with shared driveways and tight quarters) make an otherwise attractive job impossible to take on.