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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Nest.

In this Badge Bit, you will clean the exterior walls of a house.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - clean the exterior walls of a house

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide proof of the following with pictures (or a video < 2 mins long):
   - before, during, and after of cleaning the exterior walls of a house
   - demonstrate it meets the above stated requirements
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Please can I have a little clarity on this one.

Does this mean every square inch of every wall? The house I rent is two storey with a basement but it’s on a steep hill, so it’s three storeys at the back and half way down the sides. Would I have to clean all three stories on all four sides. Could I get three points for cleaning three sides?

One side of the house I can’t get to because it’s right next to my neighbours drive. The driveway is occupied by several cars which are all broken and never move. Access with a ladder is not possible. (There are other issues with my neighbours . . . )

The ground floor is much bigger than the second floor, so cleaning some of the second floor walls would involve climbing on roofs. I’ve included some pictures to make it easier to see what I’m talking about. I’m not going to photograph the neighbouring side
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This is one summers worth of filth on the walls of our porch - oh the joy of living in NJ
This is one summers worth of filth on the walls of our porch - oh the joy of living in NJ
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Second floor only accessible by walking on the roof
Second floor only accessible by walking on the roof
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Side of house - two and half stories on a slope
Side of house - two and half stories on a slope
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Back of house - second floor only accessible by walking in the roof
Back of house - second floor only accessible by walking in the roof
 
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My neighbour think I’m a little eccentric - I could get away with it being a stay at home British Dad in New Jersey. Today he thinks I’m plain crazy.

Why would I wash the outside of the house which I don’t own and it’s November!

Anyhoo . . . That’s what I did. And my lovely neighbour lent me his pressure washer.

We sit out front on the porch. I moved all the furniture and plants before I started.

I used a bucket of hot water with Castile soap and a couple of cloths to clean everything I could reach. The pressure washer was great at getting rid of 90% of the muck, but a cloth was needed to finish. I also used a the cloth for all windows, cills, woodwork and other surfaces that weren’t metal cladding. I used a broom to sweep up, a long step ladder to do the top storey walls.



These are before shots of the walls I cleaned:









Starting out front, before and after shots of each section:













Cleaning shots:





Side of house, during and after:









Back door and stairs, before and after:









Back of house, before and after:





I also cleaned the drive of all the muck that came of the house:





And I cleaned the garden furniture, the front deck, steps, back garden steps and patio.







Tomorrow when everything is dry, I’ll paint the stairs and touch up some of the areas where the white paint is stained or flaking.
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Mike Barkley wrote:Sorry Edward. I think we somehow missed seeing your request for clarification.

This note will self destruct in a couple days since it's not relevant to the BB. Just wanted you to know weren't being ignored.



No worries Mike. Thanks for all the approvals - Nest Straw badge done!
 
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