Hello Dear Reader,
Today, water wise, was not a frugal day. I pressure washed most of the drive. I now have numb hands from the vibration so I’ll finish the rest in the morning. You can see the size of the drive from the photo and there is no way I can scrub that lot. We don’t own our own pressure washer as the cost of the electricity and water make it a very expensive thing to use. Instead, we hire one.
Over the years and in two previous ‘fixer upper’ houses, we’ve hired huge kango drills, cement mixers, heat guns and floor sanders. We’ve hired scaffold towers, whole house scaffolding, ladders and ladder platforms. We don’t buy tools, we hire them. When we hire them, we always do so, first thing on a Saturday morning. You will only have to pay for one day’s hire but can have it for Saturday and Sunday and take it back on Monday morning. We paid £24 inc. VAT for the hire of the pressure washer. It’s much bigger than a domestic version. It came with all the hose pipes and connectors that we’d need.
To hire tools, you usually need to take proof of ID and address, such as a utility bill and they will give you safety instructions before you take it away. They will often lend you gloves and goggles too.
Tool hire shops (the photo above is not the hire shop I used but the photo I found) have a blokey atmosphere about them, where another testicular language is spoken in psi, torque and cc! I’d advise those who are not familiar with the places to research the tools you need first, go on You Tube for a tutorial and then phone to check they’ve got it and some one with brawn can get it into the car for you. Don’t send the bloke in your life; the hire centre will assume that testicle owners can work all tools, not matter if they are dangerous or even a mini-digger! They won’t get so much help or advice, nor any help getting it into the car.
We’ve had quotes in the past for drive way cleaning services which I’ve honestly laughed at! It might seem like a lot of effort but maintaining our home as we hope to sell it when the economy allows, will save us the time and effort of running round trying to do it all just before we put it on the market.
Over to you, have you ever hired tools and done the work yourself to save money? Was it worth it?
Love Froogs xxx