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    1. DIY'ers - Ask The Pro's

      This forums is strictly for homeowner DIY questions, or for homeowners looking for contractors. Please read the sticky in this forum for guidelines.

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    2. Contractor Help Wanted - Job Leads

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  2. Pressure Washing

    1. Residential Pressure Washing

      Topics such as house washing, roof washing, patios, pool aprons, tennis courts, driveways, and concrete.

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    2. Wood Cleaning & Restoration - Decks, Fences, etc.

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    4. In the Kitchen - Exhaust & Hood Cleaning

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    5. Planes, Trains & Automobiles… Boats & Trucks too

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    6. Environmental Issues

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    8. No More "ART"! - Graffiti Removal

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    9. Up on the Roof - Asphalt Tile & Shake Cleaning

      Do you clean asphalt, tile, shake or shingle roofs? Talk about that here.

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    10. Having A "Blast" (sand, soda, dry ice, etc.)

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  3. Shop Talk

    1. The Club House

      Had a long Day? Kick back and hang out at The Club House. Tell tall tales, share your stories, run your mouth, or tell a joke. Just keep them clean…

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    2. The Scrap Book

      Place photos of your work, rig, or equipment, along with descriptions here. Use it to ask questions, or just show YOUR job well done or cool rig!

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    3. Chemicals & Safety

      Ask questions about chemical applications and various job safety topics.

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    4. Tools, Equipment & Basic Maintenance

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  4. Back to Business

    1. Business Topics & Tips

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    2. The Library

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    3. Podcast Archive

      This forums contains Podcasts on a variety topics including, small business, marketing, SEO, sales, advertising, employee issues and more. They are free to listen to and a great source of information.

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    4. Documents, Forms & Proofs

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    6. Employee Issues & Concerns

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  5. Showroom Floor

    1. Look What's New

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    2. Product and Vendor Q&A, Reviews and Issues

      Are you interested in a particular product or vendor, and want to know more, or do you have an experience or an issue or problem you wish to share? Post it here.

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    3. Bargain Basement

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  6. Industry & Regional News & Events

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    2. Severe Weather & Drought Information

      This forum is dedicated to severe weather such as fires, flooding, tornado, hurricane, and drought information and contains discussions and news on these subjects and how it effects our businesses.

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    3. PWNA News, Events, and Information

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    •   If want to start my own kitchen exhaust cleaning company, and I want everyone to chime in outlining how you did it or how you would do it. My focus is on starting as fast n legitimate as possible. In a year or two I would like to be able to have enough jobs n contracts to support a full time staff of 3 people, starting with nothing as of now I'm actually going to be a couple hundred away from being broke after I pay my rent. I work cleaning hoods now, ducts fans, laundry vents, some big colleges, some mom n pops, nursing homes, hospitals hotels. I have the experience to supervise a company in the field I know that, what I don't know, or am unsure about is the process on how to proceed starting my own company, as far as initial work vehicle, initial equipment n initial costs, to minimize cost n maximize effectiveness. (What truck/  pumps/ brands of tools would you recommend?)        
    • Rick2 has some good points to consider.
      Protecting the customers property and preventing negative affects to the surrounding plants and amenities is important for your
      reputation as a quality cleaner.

      We use an M-5 to apply a degreaser and bleach mix. 3:1 (no proportioner).
      Start out with 3-1/2 gallons of water in a 5 gal cubetainer then add about 6 oz of degreaser
      and depending upon the severity of the mold and algae 1/3rd to a gallon of bleach and top off the
      container with water.

      The degreaser helps to address other common spills and lotions often on the pool aprons.

      Rod
    • Knee pads! Over the years I have blown out both Bursa's in my knees and can't kneel for long without pain.
      Even have to wear them on ladders because working on them I lean on the ladder rails for stability.
      About to turn 57 and still going strong otherwise.
      When is too old?
      Ask my body when it says so, otherwise....I delegate the hard work to my paid employees and take the special projects
      on for myself. Gotta keep the enjoyable part right?

      Rod
    • I’m 55, been in this business for 25+ years.  Climbing ladders hurts a little more than it used to but I’m still rolling along.  Busy most days of the week.  
    • I don’t pretreat if it’s just dirt or mold. oxalic acid can help remove rust stains around pool aprons.   Putting pool shock (SH) will instantly kill any vegation it touches and will destroy the O-Rings in the pump sprayer unless they’re Viton seals.  A light acid coat when the concrete has dried from the washing will brighten it, makes it look nice    Let us know how it turns out.  
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