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Mar. 27, 2012 at 8:47am

Tacoma Dome Cleaning/Extreme Urban Sport

Since the cleaning of the Tacoma Dome has commenced I thought everyone might like to see the size and danger behind this job from a human scale:



Thanks anonymous donor! Our baby needed a bath!

comments [24]  |  posted under building, maintenance, tacoma, tacoma dome

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by The Jinxmedic on 3/27/2012 @ 8:55am
Next up- anonymous donor to save Old City Hall and the Luzon building.

-wait- what's that? Never mind on that last one...

by NineInchNachos on 3/27/2012 @ 9:07am
Anonymous Donor please save the air in Tacoma, smells like ass !

by The Jinxmedic on 3/27/2012 @ 10:13am
You should have been here twenty years ago.

by KevinFreitas on 3/27/2012 @ 10:17am
Here's some quick math:

$100k / 30 days = $3333 / day = $417 / hour

Assuming there are 4 people working at any given time that's about $100/hour to do a very dangerous job. This is also assuming there are few other costs aside from labor involved but, all in all, seems like a pretty reasonable cost for getting this work done between now and May 8th to me.

by Erik on 3/27/2012 @ 10:21am
"Next up- anonymous donor to save Old City Hall and the Luzon building. "

Yes! More Tacoma Angels needed.

by L.S.Erhardt on 3/27/2012 @ 10:28am
Mysterious donor funds T-Dome roof cleaning.

What next? A giant flower getting painted up there?

by NineInchNachos on 3/27/2012 @ 10:38am
paint it pink for breast cancer awareness and also planned parenthood defunding !

by L.S.Erhardt on 3/27/2012 @ 11:04am
Good causes, but painting that thing pink would be horrendous. It'd be the peto-bismol dome.


by NineInchNachos on 3/27/2012 @ 11:06am
it would be the boob dome! make it happen!!!!

by cisserosmiley on 3/27/2012 @ 11:32am
Just heard from Proctor and Gamble, they want to buy corporate naming rights to the pepto-bismol dome.

by fredo on 3/27/2012 @ 1:01pm
"Assuming there are 4 people working at any given time that's about $100/hour to do a very dangerous job." KF

They're wearing harnesses per state L & I requirements. What's the danger?

by L.S.Erhardt on 3/27/2012 @ 2:54pm
"What's the danger?"

Clearly you've never been on top of a 15-story tall dome.

To be fair, neither have I. However, I have been on top of a 17-story tall naphtha-splitting process tower. Harnesses or not, that sh*t is REAL.

by fredo on 3/27/2012 @ 3:06pm
The workers aren't going to fall off the 15 story Tacoma dome thorax. They are wearing safety harnesses.

by Non Sequitur on 3/27/2012 @ 4:54pm
Apparently in Fredopia, the presence of safety equipment eliminates all inherent risk and therefore means the work can be done by minimum wage workers. Err, I mean "market-driven wage" since Fredopia has no minimum wage laws. Clearly any monkey can clean a gigantic wooden dome. No special skills or safety training needed.

This explains why Fredopian cops and firefighters get $4/hr. After all, the presence of bullet-proof vests and FR bunker gear eliminates the risk associated with their professions.

Then by the same logic, the Fredopian military would be unpaid since they have high-tech weaponry and defense systems. There is no risk at all unless you're the enemy.

by fredo on 3/27/2012 @ 5:59pm
"inherent risk?"

what is the inherent risk of working on roof when you are properly tethered via a harness? The only risk I can see is that a seagull might poop on you.

by fredo on 3/27/2012 @ 6:44pm
"Apparently in Fredopia, the presence of safety equipment eliminates all inherent risk and therefore means the work can be done by minimum wage workers."

Apparently in Non-sequituropia, the illusion of risk despite the complete absense of any such risk means the work must be done by overpaid workers.

by JesseHillFan on 3/27/2012 @ 7:07pm
The Mountaineers (Tacoma Branch) would probably do it for free just for the fun of it.They love to climb or descend anything.

by fredo on 3/27/2012 @ 7:12pm
right JHF.

People pay Edgeworks $45/month to harness up and climb on their climbing wall all day long. I guess in non-sequitaur's world we would have to pay people to climb the boulders at Edgeworks because, after all, it's inherently risky.

by Erik on 3/27/2012 @ 10:02pm

by KevinFreitas on 3/28/2012 @ 7:06am
KOMO has a great video featuring footage of workers cleaning from atop the dome, overhead from their chopper, and on the ground with Tacoma's own Rob McNair-Huff. Check it out:


by fredo on 3/28/2012 @ 7:46am
Nobody in the video mentioned any "dangerous" aspects of the job. The guys spray clean buildings and other structures all the time. If they had preferred desk jobs they probably wouldn't have chosen building pressure washing for a career.

by L.S.Erhardt on 4/5/2012 @ 7:16pm
It's remarkably noticeable from the other side of the bay. The clean parts make the dirt look even more ugly.


by panachronic on 4/6/2012 @ 5:34pm
I'm with Kevin. $100/hour is a steal.

by low bar on 4/6/2012 @ 6:15pm
can we finally now stop using the term gritty city?

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