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🧹 The most accursed household chores?

Old 08-21-19, 04:22 PM
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🧹 The most accursed household chores?

What's your most dreaded household chore? Vacuuming? Laundry? Bathroom? Garage? Attic? Pruning trees?

I just finished cleaning my oven so I'm going to vote oven cleaning by a landslide. Took two days of cleaning and still didn't get all the racks. Oh, and talking about paying more and getting less, you can add oven cleaner to the list.

Stupid tiny can ran out before I could get to the door. Had to go back to the store and purchase another can for that, and it still ran out again before I could do a complete job on the racks.

I guess its the Hazmat suit I have to don, or getting down on all fours, but I hate cleaning the oven. Thank God its not that often. Kitchen does smell all lemony now though. The second can was lemon scented.


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Old 08-21-19, 04:24 PM
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Otherwise I really enjoy home chores from laundry and dishes to lawn mowing and window cleaning, vacuuming and bathroom cleaning. I find they are relaxing and always provide a sense of accomplishment.
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Old 08-21-19, 04:33 PM
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I use the self clean on my oven which works well, just few minutes of post cleaning with standard cleaners.
Oven cleaner is basically lye in a suspension for easy stick on application. No need to pay for a name brand.
I use lye to make pretzels so I have it around the house - similar to oven cleaning it will remove the worst baked on crud on any metal (not aluminum!) pot or tray. It will also burn holes thru your flesh.
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Originally Posted by noisebeam View Post
Cleaning vomit at 3am
Dog diarrhea...

Cleaning a toilet...

The list of chores presented... no problem.

How about replacing the wax ring on the toilet... after removing the toilet, because your kid dropped in a toy that blocked it.

Jeeze, running a vacuum cleaner is a piece of cake.
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Yep, It is not the routine chores that are bad, it is the maintenance and messes.
Kid threw up last night at 3am all over the hallway and half the bathroom. I think a drop made it into the bathtub. Job ends with a load of laundry.
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I'm gonna go with... ANT BATTLE. Go to the cabinet for some chips, everything is fine. Go back to that same cabinet like an hour later, IT'S A GALDURN INVASION.

I don't know if this happens to other folks in other places, but as soon as summer starts to really heat up, those dumb ant bastards are making ridiculous, overly complicated incursions into my house.

They get so thirsty July-September, they'll come in the house just to drown in the cat's water bowl.

A few weeks ago, they successfully breached the freezer. The freezer. All of the "successful" troops that made it inside froze to death, of course. But I guess that's a win for ants?
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I've had massive ant invasions - paths from one side of the house to the other. Turn my back and they are all over the pantry getting into any gap to carbs they can. Started to store some stuff in the freezer/fridge. This was for weeks, every summer.

Then I attacked back. Filled a small jar with sugar water outside near where the ants were coming in. The ants swarmed it after a few hours. Then I put a few nuggets of Amdro into it. Next morning they were all staggering around. Next day they were all gone. I had to repeat about a week later (all I did was re-hydrate the sugar poison), but now I am ant free for over 6wks. Not a single one indoors!
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
Dog diarrhea...

Cleaning a toilet...

The list of chores presented... no problem.

How about replacing the wax ring on the toilet... after removing the toilet, because your kid dropped in a toy that blocked it.

Jeeze, running a vacuum cleaner is a piece of cake.
Dog diarrhea by far for me.

Very early one morning I stumble through the house to the kitchen, turn on a light, in complete amazement I had made it through the mine field unscathed.
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Water well and plumbing repairs in general at 3AM .. muddy dirty and when have asleep an adventure. Because out here there ain’t nobody to fix anything but yourself
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Toilet seals on a concrete slab floor. Actually it's the two hold-down bolts that break. So the last one got a piece of plywood under it braced with an oak 1"x1" over it held down with similar oak on the vertical wall beams but not fastened to one another. . . . just holding it to the floor.

Longest run yet without having to replace the seal and toilet hold-down bolts. I guess the wider platform plywood also has some give in it that soaks up the weight that was breaking the bolts.

Wasn't my idea to take credit for but it works.

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I'm thinking, "painting the house exterior" and cleaning the chimney flue - though since we got external insulation, I don't have to paint the house ever again!

Interior painting is a pain in the hole also, only because you have to move everything around into other rooms and cover carpet etc.

I know, it's not really "household chores", just a once-in-5-years thing, but it still makes a big difference to your house.
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Originally Posted by ridelikeaturtle View Post
I'm thinking, "painting the house exterior" and cleaning the chimney flue - though since we got external insulation, I don't have to paint the house ever again!

Interior painting is a pain in the hole also, only because you have to move everything around into other rooms and cover carpet etc.

I know, it's not really "household chores", just a once-in-5-years thing, but it still makes a big difference to your house.
Ahhh yes. Painting the house... the never ending task. If it isn't outside... it's the inside. I've actually gotten pretty good at painting a straight edge without tape.
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When it comes to exterior painting I have a steep pitch and don't like standing on the top rungs of ladders so I straighten a hoe so the blade runs parallel to the handle and do a lot of scraping with that. I like to get to it early for less of that and lay it on thick. And adjustable roller extensions are mandatory for me.

But on a steep pitch roof it's shingling that's the chore. That's where I pay for the help at it.

As far as plumbing goes Sharkbites and Pex make plumbers of us all.
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Cleaning up cat throw up is the worst for me. That said, I HATE yard work of any kind. I know every neighbor I've ever had has wondered "How is it that he has the energy to ride that bike for 100s of miles but he's too tired to cut the grass?".
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On the poll list, shampooing the carpet. We've owned our own Hoover upright carpet cleaner for years. Cleaning the stair case with that thing is a major pain.

Luckily, my wife really does the house cleaning duties other than cleaning the carpet. That's because I'm the house plumber, HVAC man, yard man, appliance repairman, and car repairman.

My least favorite job out of all of those is pulling up toilets or unclogging drains. It's all filth and most of it ain't your own filth.
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As Zinger noted.. Annual exterior painting. Our western roof peak is 34 f’ing feet high on a 9/12 pitch roof. Facias, chimney chase, trim, ugh. I’ve a 32’ extension ladder and even that’s not enough ‘cause 4’ soffit overhang.
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As Zinger noted.. Annual exterior painting. Our western roof peak is 34 f’ing feet high on a 9/12 pitch roof. Facias, chimney chase, trim, ugh. I’ve a 32’ extension ladder and even that’s not enough ‘cause 4’ soffit overhang.
You paint the exterior of your house every year?

I hate to do any chore that requires me to climb up ladders or on the roof. I'm mildly afraid of heights. This past month I had to climb on the roof to cut away some over hanging limbs. Not fun.
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I'm alone so any filth is my own filth. Cleaning is no big deal.

Mowing is the one I don't like. Constantly needing done, constant rain creating a complete mess that the mower can't mow through. Going away wrecks havoc too. 11 day bicycle trip around Lake Ontario and I came home to a jungle. That was July 29th. I've only had time because of rain once to mow since then and it's a jungle now.

It doesn't help that I have a 45° slope on the front of the yard down to the road and when I was 6 years old, I still remember dad slipping and his foot going under the mower deck. I stand on the side of the mower and just let the mower fall down the slope. I've slipped once in this position and fell next to the mower no problem. The problem is, the bar you hold onto to keep the mower running is useless. When you slip and fall, instinct isn't to let go, it's to grab a hold of something and when you're holding the mower, it's now flipped up with the blade exposed to anyone and you're on the ground still holding onto the dang bar.
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I don't mind anything maintenance-like, for example changing furnace filters. Beyond that, I don't like any cleaning, except kitchen cleaning. Not sure why, but I've always enjoyed using and keeping a clean kitchen. I like to cook, and other kitcheny things.
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Unloading the dishwasher.

Vacuuming.

Pulling weeds.

Mopping up the pools of blood.
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