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What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? #5008017
02/11/19 01:39 PM
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I was looking up the oil filter location for a car I'm interested in maybe getting, and saw a demonstration with nothing protecting the driveway and a guy changing the oil with his bare hands.

I bought a box of nitrile rubber gloves and have been using it for years. They seem to break less than natural latex and probably are better for people who might be allergic. I used to use this large drip galvanized steel drip pan but have no idea where it is now. For a while I reused some thick plastic sheeting.

But I suppose the really odd thing I've used is diapers and medical supplies. We still have some unused diapers, and they absorb oil quickly in a gel. And somehow I ended up with a case of "Chux" - the plastic lined sheets with an absorbent surface - mostly cotton I think. I just lay that down and it will absorb everything. I have a plastic bag filled with this stuff (especially oil soaked paper towels) that my local recycling center won't accept, but I can collect it and take it to a haz waste collection facility.

Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008029
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ON, Canada eh?
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Just the oil catch pan. I'm careful that it all falls into the pan.


'18 Dodge Grand Caravan GT - 21k KM - AMSOIL SS 0w30
'06 Hyundai Santa Fe - 535k KM (Dead) - AMSOIL SS 0w30
Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008034
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Nothing. I have a lot of Dawn detergent and Purple Power.


'98 LEX LS400 290K
'02 4Runner 230K
'05 Lex LS430 85K
'07 Lex GX470 65K
Amsoil in last two.
Schaeffer in the first two.

Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008037
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I put my catch pan on a sheet of cardboard, and use Nitrile gloves for my hands. I don't want oil possibly dripping/splashing on the garage floor. The cardboard stays on the garage floor and serves for several oil changes. The cardboard costs nothing, so I consider it free insurance.


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Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008052
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Displaced Texan in Mexico City
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I use cardboard to protect the floor, BUT all my oil changes are done in our warehouse/factory. To clean up any spilled fluids I use sawdust because we have 55 gallon drums full and we send it for recycling. When I lived in Dallas I used cardboard and had a 5 gallon Home Depot bucket with a lid filled with kitty litter to soak up spills. Either way saw dust and kitty litter are great for soaking up fluids and make clean up easier. Once most of the fluid was absorbed I use purple power to clean the concrete. To protect my hand and keep it clean (I only have 1 usable arm) I use VenomSteel nitrile gloves. I have used a ton of different disposable gloves, and the VenomSteel disposable gloves are the best. I like that they have 2 layers and the inner layer is white so you can quickly see any rips or tears since the outer layer is black. You can get these at walmart or Amazon and a box of 100 costs around 15-20 bucks.

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Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008053
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Catch pan on newspaper, nitrile gloves, careful hand work to make sure it doesn't go up the sleeve cool


1992 Volvo 240 (B200F) - Mannol Special Plus 10w30, Mann W917 filter
2001 Volvo V70 (B5244S) - Total Quartz 9000 5w30, Mann HU819X filter
Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008057
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Just a drain pan. Whole yard is dirt, so if a little spills or misses it won't hurt anything.


2015 Nissan Versa Note 1.6/5MT
2012 Toyota Tacoma 2.7/4AT
2007 Toyota Camry 2.4/5AT
2005 Nissan XTerra 4x4 4.0/6MT
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Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008060
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Big piece of cardboard underneath the big drain pan to catch drips and splats, I will wrap a disposable shop towel around the drain plug while I am doing the final loosening but don't do anything special to protect my hands otherwise.


2014 Forester XT, 95000 miles
Last Change;
M1 0W30 AFE d1G2
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Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008065
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Big drain pan and nitrile gloves. Nothing else needed. Oh except I lay on an old blanket for comfort.


99 Jeep WJ 4.7 197,000 Maxlife 10w30, Fram Ultra.
Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008069
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Floor/Ground - drain pan
hands - nitrile gloves


1993 Toyota 4x4 p/u, 2.4L 22RE 4 cyl - M1 EP 10W-30, Fram UG Filter
2005 Toyota Avalon XL, 3.5L V6, PP HM 5W-30, Yota OEM Filter
2014 Toyota Tacoma 4.0L V6, Amsoil SS5W-30, Yota OEM Filter
Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008101
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Puppy training pads on the ground under and around the drain pan.

Nothing on the hands, just wash them well after.


2010 Kia Soul 2U - 2.0L I-4, auto; 139k miles.
M1 EP 10W-30; OEM Kia filter.
Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008114
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I try to use nitrile gloves.

Most of my driveway is nearly 40 year old asphalt, so I'm not too concerned about small spills.


2002 Ford Ranger XLT | 3.0 V6 Auto 2WD | 227K miles
1994 Ford Ranger STX | 4.0 V6 Manual 4X4 | 201K miles
1994 Ford Explorer XLT | 4.0 V6 Auto 4X4 | 247K miles
Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008193
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My wife is a quilter, so when her old cutting mat got to torn up she replaced it and gave me the old one. It rolls up and is a thick plastic. I put it down under the vehicles when I do oil changes. Works great and wipes up easily. I't similar to this: https://www.joann.com/36x59-cutting...Y4-TFEfxg7mIsg57_UVyxC-1Ot4aAmAjEALw_wcB


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2016 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4.0L-Wife
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Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008303
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I have a large catch pan and do not need to protect the floor of the garage when doing an oil change. I wear disposable rubber gloves.

Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008308
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Concrete floor has epoxy coating.

Hands have nitrile gloves.

I have a sheet of cardboard to lay down on. So much warmer and easier on the knees, back and hips than concrete.

I save larger sheets of cardboard and cut them to fit behind my tool box. When they get crushed or too dirty they get recycled. If oily I'll cut out the oiled part and not recycle that.


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Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008314
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Usually just my rectangular Flow Tool drain pan. Sometimes however, I can tell I'm feeling clumsier than normal like the time I forgot to remove the drain pan before backing the car from under the carport. That was a mess. Since then I often park over a free HF tarp or have a 40 lb. bag of oil dry handy just in case.


'99 Cavalier 5w 30 SuperTech conventional
'11 Impala 5w 30 Magnatec full synthetic
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Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008581
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Dirt driveway so I do nothing for it; my vehicles don't seem to have real problems getting the vast majority of oil into the pan. Vinyl gloves from HF are cheaper than the cheap latex ones so I use those for my hands.


2011 Toyota Camry, base, 2.5L/6MT, 176k, hers
2010 Toyota Tundra DC, 4.6L/6AT, 145k, ours
1999 Toyota Camry LE, 2.2L/4AT, 201k, his
Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008598
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Cardboard under the catch pan. It makes it easy to slide around on the floor and will catch any drops that miss, which isn't common.

I can manage to pull the pan plug out by hand and never get oil on my hands. But I usually clean the plug (and add a new crush washer), so my hands are washed immediately after anyway. I can't remember ever getting my hand covered with oil. Just fortunate with the vehicles I own.

Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008918
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Several sections from the Omaha World Herald to catch any drips. Not much of a problem with the front end on jack stands. The thing about hot oil is that it is very hard to contain no matter how careful one may be. I usually have more dripping installing the new oil since my Camry has a pita thing partially blocking the fill hole. I believe it is there to catch debris from falling into the valve mechanism, but it prevents a funnel being installed far another not to fall out.

Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5010252
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For hands...wurth has an excellent cream...you just wipe off all the dirt with water afterwards!

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