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39 eClean Magazine long. The handle materials can be wood, fiberglass, plastic, or metal (sometimes wrapped in a plastic coating). Handles also mount to blocks using differing methods, the most common being threaded (screws into block receptacle). Braces are used to reduce the chances of snapping handles off, reaming out the block threads, or breaking various types of mounts. Once this kind of breakage occurs, the broom is usually a goner and has to be replaced. To increase the life of your brooms, always install braces. [If you have a further interest in how this valuable cleaning tool is made, please view the YouTube video posted by the Discovery Channel, How It's Made: Push Brooms. FIT When choosing a broom to fit the user, make sure to pick the appropriate size. A little elderly lady cannot push a 36" long broom weighing six pounds for very long. It would wear her out too quickly, or even get her hurt. However, the same broom in an 18" length weighing in at two pounds would probably be the better choice. Once the proper size is chosen, then pick the right bristle for the job. Even if the job is large, a broom that is inappropriate for the user will slow down the cleaning process. Fatigue is a factor when choosing size. If a smaller broom fits the person better, he or she will be able to work longer without fatigue. It is of course beneficial to look at broom size in the opposite direction too. A long, heavy push broom would certainly cover a lot more area in a shorter time if the user can handle it without undue stress. Larger can be faster – if the person can handle the weight. FIBER MATERIALS Fibers for push brooms run from natural to synthetics, each filament type designed for a particular purpose. As with all cleaning jobs, the surface to be cleaned should determine the correct choice of cleaning materials and equipment not the other way around. Too many times I have witnessed people overworking themselves simply because they weren't using the proper bristle for the task. Usually this is in the name of saving money. Tell me: Which is more expensive, cost of labor or cost of tools? When a job calls for a soft bristle, a stiff bristle simply will not do; likewise, the opposite. Have you ever tried to push gravel or remove dust using a broom that simply would not move the debris? What a waste of time! With high labor costs these days, ANY tool that cuts significant time from a cleaning task is of great value. Again, keep a good stock of broom types. It's cheaper that way simply because they help the job get done in a more timely fashion. Why are there so

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