Friday, June 23, 2017

Where Am I?

You may have noticed that I haven't posted much in the past few weeks.  Why not? Basically, because I'm in the middle of getting our brand new 300,000+ square foot new high school up and running.

Since I started here on March 7, I have been ordering equipment and supplies for our department, taking deliveries, going through training on multiple building systems including, but not limited to electrical, plumbing, HVAC, security, fire, safety harness use, intercoms, clocks, grounds and more.  I have been working on getting the custodial areas for cleaning together, writing up Duty Descriptions for each area, working with the staff, moving items, hanging things and so much more.

The school opens on September 6 and we will be ready.  So, now you know where I've been.  More to come!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Custodial Closets - Do's and Dont's

Here's a great article found in the website about how to keep your custodial closets organized and working well for the benefit of you and those you serve. There are numerous points that are well worth reading about.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

White LED's

Our last poll asked if white LED's were possible.  Yes.  White LED's are possible by mixing several colored LED's or a thin spectrum of light from red, green or blue LED's placed close to one another. The link to this article explains in more detail how this is done.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Breath of Fresh Sign

A new air-cleaning billboard has been erected in London's Leicester Square with another eight planned by the end-of-the-year.  The signs use nano-molecules to remove exhaust emissions from gas and diesel powered vehicles.  It is estimated that this sign will reverse the effects of emissions produced by 13,000 vehicles yearly.  Read on. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Man Above

Imagine living for three years above a public restroom!  That's just what authorities found in a crawl space above a restroom in Japan.  The space was 990 square feet and very neat.  Read this odd story from Oita, Japan.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Coming Soon: Ultrasonic Dryers

New and more efficient technology is replacing even household appliances.  A new dryer is in the works that uses ultrasonic waves to dry clothes faster than ordinary dryers.  The Department of Energy is behind this new technology.  Here's more details.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Nine Years

Nine years ago I started this blog.  After learning how simple it was, I decided to create a blog that could keep custodians and other interested readers informed about things that custodians deal with and news that pertains to the custodial field.  To date, I've posted almost 550 entries covering subjects about other custodians, interesting news items, personal comments, useful information and more.  I enjoy sharing this information and will forge ahead for another year sharing items regarding the custodial world.

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Dangers of Boilers

A high pressure vessel of any type is dangerous. But boilers can easily top the list.  Think about the pressures found inside these large structures. And steam boilers are extremely dangerous. This article highlights why regular maintenance, daily checks and high respect for boilers is so important. The explosion that occurred in this article sent a piece of a boiler over 500 feet where it went through the roof of another building killing two first-day employees.  Use extreme caution around boilers!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Bring Your Own TP or Submit to an Eye Scan to Get a Few Sheets

Imagine that!  Use a public restroom, but toilet paper is NOT provided. You have to bring your own. This is the situation in China. Now, due to the increase of public toilets due to tourism, public restrooms have installed eye scanners before dispensing toilet paper so that the precious resources are not stolen.  Read the full article here.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Triclosan Ban

In some previous posts I discussed the banning of Triclosan which is used in anti-bacterial soaps and other products.  In the March, 2017 edition of, there is an entire article dedicated to this ban and more information regarding it.  You'll find the information interesting and eye-opening, especially since custodial staff may be responsible for making sure that products containing Triclosan are not used after September 6, 2017.