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    Years ago I worked on a large site where several different taping squads were operating. There was a gooseneck pump and tapetech gun lying abandoned on the floor filled with fast set which someone had left for dead. We all know these tools are expensive, so the autotaper obviously didnt belong to the guy that killed it.

    I was wondering what everyones opinion was on spending around 15 minutes at the end of the working day cleaning your tools out?

    I wash mine every time after use if possible, and like to use a high pressure hose on the bazooka to dislodge any cement which may dry up later. I used to work for a company where they were submerged in a bucket of water overnight and the parts broke and wore out faster than they do now. A cutting blade would never last more than a week.

    I don't lend them out anymore either because of the state they came back in and they get taken off the job every night now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amestaper View Post
    ...a gooseneck pump and tapetech gun lying abandoned on the floor filled with fast set which someone had left for dead.
    Fast set!!!!! How much would this cost to repair?


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    I clean out my boxes every time I use them and spray them with silicon. If I am going to use the pump within a week then I will only hose off the outside and seal both ends. I have a high pressure hose that gets my stuff clean in minutes.

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    We tend to leave the pumps in buckets of ames for the duration of the job, ready for use each day, it doesn't seem to cause any problems, the boxes and taper get a good wash after every session with hose and jet attachment. then sprayed with 3-in-one silicone lubricant.

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    we have got a bin we put all the tools in until job is done then give them a good clean at the end

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    i get a bin full it with water and put my tools in wash them when the job is done
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    Quote Originally Posted by willis View Post
    i get a bin full it with water and put my tools in wash them when the job is done
    exactly the same but spmewhere locked up in future

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