The lawnmower and the vacuum cleaner.

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  • In the 1960s wall to wall fitted carpets became fashionable. Why have low maintenance hard flooring when you can have more high maintenance carpet? Similarly why have a low maitenance garden when you can have a high maintenance lawn?

    I don't like usiing vacuum cleaners .or lawnmowers. They don't suit my vibtration. I removed my carpets years ago.Scraping away the apray on underlay was a labourious business.

  • Well, now half a century later low maintenance wall to wall wood laminate flooring is the fashion as is the trend towards low maintenance gardens -lawns of astroturf,decking and ceramic paving glued together... And robotic vacuum cleaners to keep all tidy.

    I dont like carpets they harbour dirt and mites and create micro fibre pollution in the household air and subtly give off fumes as they slowly degrade.Theyre a health issue.

    I much prefer natural proper wood flooring with natural oil or wax polish surface.

    The trend to laminates and astroturf and decking and plastic and ceramic flooring and attendant glues is just more unnecessary waste of precious resources, creating more toxic manmade compounds and yet more products that will ultimately have to be disposed of with major environmental consequences.

    I cant say as a lay buddhist i find vacuum cleaners or lawnmowers particularly vibration disturbing,theyre just machines,like cars and computers and phones and televisions etc all of which are far more continual and persistently damaging to our wellbeing and vibration, whereas vacuum cleaners and lawnmowers are a brief transient interuption. We pointlessly fill our lives with them all though for entertainment and 'convenience'. :/

    Ultimately consumerism is the fault. We desire things, manufacturers not only happily feed our desire but entice us with the notion we need many thousands of other things to consume and make our lives 'complete' and so we happily fill our stupid lives with things that are completely non essential to our existence.

    We have become the ultimate in wastefulness and ultimately consigned our species to extinction.

    A reward richly deserved.:clown:

  • One of the good things about having a small kitchen is there is no room for a washing machine, or a tumble dryer, or dish washer, or even a microwave.

    We don't have carpets as such; too expensive and not practical, especially wall-to-wall carpet.

    A neighbour once proudly showed us her new rich deep-pile wall-to-wall cream carpet laid throughout her hall and living-room. Cost a bomb. Within a few months her three kids had made brown track-ways all the way through it, treading in mud from outside[panic]. Clean them as she might, she could never get them cream again. The family were still paying on the never-never long after the carpets were brown and ruined and rutted like a woodland trail. Some folk seem to be fundamentally stupid:shrug:

    We still have carpet tiles though; mostly scrounged from when the local community centre or medical centre got redone, and chucked the old ones out. Most of them were still in pretty good condition. They get vacuumed now and then. Mostly then. Tiles can be changed easy if they get too worn, if you aren't particular about what colours the replacements are....:D

    The old tiles get used in the kitchen in winter, then when too filthy even for us they get demoted to the garden, where they make temporary paths for a year or two, before being chucked away when they start to disintegrate. It would be nice to think the council can recycle them, but I have my doubts.

  • Nothing really to do with your thread, but at a previous address i had an elderly neighbour who would regularly vacuum the lawn. Nice enough woman but nutty as a fruitcake. Her other trick was flicking the light switch on off on off, best we ever noticed was just over 2½ hours continuously. :eek:

  • I have a vacuum and two handheld can never have enough vacuum cleaners :shock:

    I do a lot of carving and jobs what are saw dusty or messy and im not terribly keen on living with the mess let alone having it in my food or in bed with me.

    I dont have a lawn mower. I would if i had a lawn. Ive made plenty money cutting lawns so im hardly going to say its a pointless exercise.

  • Arguably computers and mobile phones are pointless instruments of boredom. Theyre equally not worth having.. (re) learn socialising skills,communicating with folks in the same room instead of in the ether, do something exciting instead of doing something virtually exciting.

    Removing dust reduces asthma triggers and inflammation. Cutting grass keeps shoes and trousers dry...drying both is a fuckin pain in the arse in a van or trailer.

  • A lot of customers I work for have robot lawnmowers and hoovers, thery are expensive but man they are good, they keep going all the time creating a lovely lawn as green as can be I had one bloody thing nearly ground up my feet and tools on a job, I named it matilada.

  • Lawns should be dug up and used as vegetable gardens - far less work, and less boring work, for the most part.

    When many gardeners at hospitals, estates, and stately homes were sent to join the Forces in the last war, lawns were ploughed up and spuds planted. Very little work was required before they were harvested by a much-reduced staff. Lawns are mostly a bull-shit thing - 'it looks nice'.