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What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? #5008017
02/11/19 02:39 PM
02/11/19 02:39 PM
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SF Bay Area
y_p_w Offline OP
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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
02/11/19 02:52 PM
02/11/19 02:52 PM
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ON, Canada eh?
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ON, Canada eh?
Just the oil catch pan. I'm careful that it all falls into the pan.


'18 Caravan - 33k KM - AMSOIL SS 0w20, Fram Ultra, TC-W3 500:1
'06 Santa Fe - 535k KM (Retired)

There is no such thing as "lifetime" fluids! mad
Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008034
02/11/19 02:55 PM
02/11/19 02:55 PM
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VA
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Nothing. I have a lot of Dawn detergent and Purple Power.


'98 LEX LS400 295K
'02 4Runner 235K
'05 Lex LS430 85K
'07 Lex GX470 65K

Schaeffer Oil
Toyota ATF's and Coolant
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Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008037
02/11/19 02:59 PM
02/11/19 02:59 PM
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NY
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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.


God Bless Our Troops

Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008052
02/11/19 03:19 PM
02/11/19 03:19 PM
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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.

Last edited by Gimpy1; 02/11/19 03:20 PM. Reason: typo
Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008053
02/11/19 03:20 PM
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Somerset, UK
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Somerset, UK
Catch pan on newspaper, nitrile gloves, careful hand work to make sure it doesn't go up the sleeve cool


1992 Volvo 240 (B200F) - Castrol Magnatec 10w40, Mann W917 filter
2001 Volvo V70 (B5244S) - Shell Helix HX8 ECT 5w40, Mann HU819X filter
Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008057
02/11/19 03:23 PM
02/11/19 03:23 PM
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Perris, CA
Anduril Offline
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Perris, CA
Just a drain pan. Whole yard is dirt, so if a little spills or misses it won't hurt anything.


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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
02/11/19 03:28 PM
02/11/19 03:28 PM
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New England
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New England
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, 100000 miles
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Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008065
02/11/19 03:34 PM
02/11/19 03:34 PM
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Lakeside, CA
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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 4.7 200,000mi. Maxlife 10w30, Fram Ultra.
Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008069
02/11/19 03:41 PM
02/11/19 03:41 PM
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Hawaii, USA
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Hawaii, USA
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, Amsoil XL 5W-30, Amsoil Filter
2014 Toyota Tacoma 4.0L V6, Amsoil SS 5W-30, Yota OEM Filter
Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008101
02/11/19 04:16 PM
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Canada
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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; 142k miles.
M1 EP 10W-30; OEM Kia filter.
2009 Pontiac G5 - 2.2 I-4, auto, 121k miles.
Oil/filter TBD
Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008114
02/11/19 04:24 PM
02/11/19 04:24 PM
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Birmingham, AL
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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 | 229K miles
1994 Ford Ranger STX | 4.0 V6 Manual 4X4 | 201K miles
1994 Ford Explorer XLT | 4.0 V6 Auto 4X4 | 248K miles
Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008193
02/11/19 05:54 PM
02/11/19 05:54 PM
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Prosper, TX
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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


2018 Chevy Silverado LT Z71 5.3L-Mine
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Re: What do you use to protect the floor/ground/hands? [Re: y_p_w] #5008303
02/11/19 08:15 PM
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California
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California
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
02/11/19 08:21 PM
02/11/19 08:21 PM
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Central Maryland
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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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