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  • Chewing gum on carpets - removal?

    Please, does anyone out there know of a effective method of removing chewing gum from carpets (without damaging the carpet)?
    'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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    You are best to try to freeze the mucky stuff and then break it into particles for your vac. to suck up. One way to do this is to use butane gas (without lighting it) from one of those soldering type guns that plumbers use. Needless to say, the gas is highly inflammable, explosively so, but it would work. A safer alternative would be a canister of nitrogen gas, providing you can sort out a controllable way to apply it where needed. Other methods I have heard about include the use of dry ice to achieve the same result. You have to pretty careful with any methods involving freezing or you could frostbite your fingers.
    And that is a serious post by the way, just in case you think I'm pulling your leg.
    I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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    • #3
      Originally posted by jta View Post
      And that is a serious post by the way, just in case you think I'm pulling your leg.
      Now why on earth would I think that?

      Cheers, Big Ears!

      Sounds fun. Suppose I'd better get the tenants out of the way first?
      'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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      • #4
        Especially if they are Smokers, They'd be quite blown away by that method.
        I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jta View Post
          Especially if they are Smokers
          Now that is one loathsome habit which I do not allow in my properties. (I have a range of devious methods to find out whether they are smokers or not before I let them near a contract!)
          'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jta View Post
            You are best to try to freeze the mucky stuff and then break it into particles for your vac. to suck up. One way to do this is to use butane gas (without lighting it) from one of those soldering type guns that plumbers use. Needless to say, the gas is highly inflammable, explosively so, but it would work.
            You have got to be kidding! I agree with freezing the stuff, but I have to say that using butane within a house to do this would be incredibly irresponsible!

            However there's other plumber's kit that would do the necessary: you can get pipe-freezing kits which work using nitrogen (I think - certainly not a flammable gas anyway!) See http://www.screwfix.com/prods/13369/...zing-Kit-220ml.

            Also available at the chemists for wart removal I believe....

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Ericthelobster View Post

              However there's other plumber's kit that would do the necessary: you can get pipe-freezing kits which work using nitrogen (I think - certainly not a flammable gas anyway!) See http://www.screwfix.com/prods/13369/...zing-Kit-220ml.

              Also available at the chemists for wart removal I believe....
              Thanks Eric. (To be fair, I think jta did suggest nitrogen as a safer option).

              That's good. Perhaps could make a bit of money on the side, freezing the tenants' warts off, as well as sorting the bloody carpet out.

              How much do you reckon I could charge per wart?
              'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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              • #8
                Well I wasn't kidding and I did point out the dangers, not being a plumber I don't know about those pipe freezing kits, they sound ideal for the job. My Insurance Company will be glad I've found out about them.
                I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
                  I have a range of devious methods to find out whether they are smokers or not before I let them near a contract!
                  Interesting point. Unfortunately although I agree entirely with your sentiments, it's apparently very difficult to enforce. A clause within the AST saying thou shall not smoke is unlikely to work as it apparently breaches their "yuman" rights!. It should be done by mutual agreement and placed under a Separately Negotiated Terms section to be properly effective, rather than in the main body of terms.
                  The advice I give should not be construed as a definitive answer, and is without prejudice or liability. You are advised to consult a specialist solicitor or other person of equal legal standing.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Paul_f View Post
                    Interesting point. Unfortunately although I agree entirely with your sentiments, it's apparently very difficult to enforce. A clause within the AST saying thou shall not smoke is unlikely to work as it apparently breaches their "yuman" rights!. It should be done by mutual agreement and placed under a Separately Negotiated Terms section to be properly effective, rather than in the main body of terms.
                    Really?

                    It's the complusory video of the 35 year old man coughing up bits of his rotting lungs, followed by the footage of his autopsy, which always gets 'em.

                    Although, as intimated above, I select my tenants in such a way as to ensure they are not smokers in the first place. I have my ways!
                    'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
                      Really?
                      I select my tenants in such a way as to ensure they are not smokers in the first place. I have my ways!
                      Does it involve a cauldron and newts tails?
                      I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jta View Post
                        Does it involve a cauldron and newts tails?
                        No newts are ever harmed in the making of my tenancy contracts!
                        'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                        • #13
                          So there is a cauldron then. Is there any exotic dancing going on? What's Trevor doing while you are investigating? So many questions, so close to bedtime.
                          I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by jta View Post
                            So there is a cauldron then. Is there any exotic dancing going on? What's Trevor doing while you are investigating? So many questions, so close to bedtime.
                            1 No
                            2 No
                            3 Having a swift smoke out the back
                            'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                            • #15
                              Ah! I think I've identified your Trevor.

                              http://www.google.co.uk/images?q=tbn...0509210519.jpg
                              I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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