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After some much-needed “therapy” this weekend, my shop needed some serious cleaning. As I was bending over picking up small cutoffs, nails, and screws that were just too heavy for the Shop Vac, I thought there had to be a better way. Later, when doing research for a post, I stumbled across a “lobby” dust pan — and a little light went off in my head.

Lobby dustpans are basically dustpans on a stick — you may have seen them used by a custodian somewhere and not thought much about it. This inexpensive model from Rubermaid runs somewhere between $14 and $20.

The dustpan’s wheels and long handle make it easy to move around the floor, and the 11″ x 12-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ bin holds plenty of debris, so you won’t be going back and forth to the trash can too many times.

If you have a tool that makes cleaning the shop floor easier, let us know in the comments.

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3 Responses to Bending Over Is For Chumps

  1. joe says:

    I usually just use the trusty old D-handle scoop shovel.

    Well, it’s actually not old. I left the [t]rusty old one with my sister in Colorado a few years ago so she’d have a shovel in her trunk in the event of a snowstorm. The current scoop shovel is about a week old. Hasn’t earned the trusty or old monikers yet.

  2. kif says:

    These things are great. After you get one you will be reaching for it constantly. I have a little $3 dustpan and brush on my peg board for that little pile left after you’ve swept up, but that’s for getting things done at a leisurely pace. With this thing I can go nuclear! My wife used to work weekends, which gave me and the kids all day to mess up the house. She would always come home in a bad mood, so I would use the last 30 minutes before she got home to grab the broom and this little wonder. Juice boxes, goldfish crackers, bottle caps, pizza crusts, candy wrappers…Heck, I would stand up on the coffee table and sweep that after I got the floor. After I hit the floors and table tops with a wet rag from the day’s car washing, the place was spotless..but not sanitary.

    When I really wanted to earn brownie points I would run the air hose in from the garage and blast everything in sight – nicknacks, bookshelves, lampshades, toaster, dogs (watch the air pressure on that one) . It’s like zero to Martha Stewart in 30 minutes!

  3. Frank Townend says:

    I have one and really like it. Rubbermaid also makes a hook you attach to it so it is easy to hang up where you can find it.

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