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  3. How to bid this job...

    Since I happen to have a good 4200 psi power washer the manager of my mother's building has asked me to give her a bid to clean it up. The bldg has mild darkening on some of the siding but the brick looks fairly good. It seems like a simple job but since I don't have any experience bidding something like this I thought I'd come here first. It's an L shaped building and each leg is the length in the first pic. The front, ends and back of the bldg are shown. The highest points are at the ends of the bldg at about 30 ft. How would you figure the bid on something like this?
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  6. What is the difference in the carburetors for the EX27 Robin with the dual element filter and the foam filter, besides a $100 difference in price? Nobody seems to have the answer, Thanks!
  7. Looking Forward to a Car Washer Today? Give Your Car the Best Wash A car wash makes up an important part of your car's maintenance. Not only does it keep your car clean or makes it look visually appealing, but it also helps protect the exterior and interior of your car. Unfortunately, there are a lot of us who still resort to a hose pipe and some dish-washing agent when it comes to cleaning the car. The truth is, car bodies are not as strong as they used to be. In fact, pressing a bit too hard on a door just might leave a permanent dent. This means that you must take extra care to ensure you do not damage the paint job. As necessary as a car wash is, you will only cause more damage if it is not done in the right way. One of the key factors that can help decide whether the wash is doing more good than harm or not is the selection of car washer pressure pump. This is something a lot of people do not put much thought into, and decide to stick to whatever they think does the job best at a good price. Most people usually opt for dishwasher soap since it is known to get the job done with minimal effort. Unfortunately, this ease of effort may come at the cost of having fine scratches all over the car body, and the paint might go dull sooner than you think. The only remedy to this problem is to buy a decent car wash liquid that is specifically designed for the job. These cleaning agents may cost a dollar or two extra, but paying extra now may be a better option than paying for a paint job a few years down the road. Also, these cleaning agents contain conditioner that can help keep the paint's shine for as long as possible, and help keep scratches off. Another place where most washes usually go wrong is the time when it comes to dry off the liquid. Old pieces of cloth, household sponges, and cheap car mitts must stay off-limits, especially for cars with darker paints. These materials are known to leave behind swirl marks and scratches, which may become even more prominent on darker colors, especially metallic ones. The best way to wipe off everything is to use branded microfiber cloth - something that can last you over a considerable period and that too without costing much. Microfiber ensures that the dust particles do not glide against the paint and cause scratches or scraping of any sort. The fact will make sure that you are able to make the most out of the car wash without causing extra damage is the type of car washing pump used. You can avail this machine as a single or a dual cylinder. Remember, it is better to be careful now instead of paying the price later! So, do your research and choose the best services. Car Wash Equipment Delhi is one such reliable service that caters to your car washing needs. car washer
  8. 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?)
  9. pre treating concrete

    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
  10. 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
  11. Well, the time has come - the end of summer. While it's always bittersweet (on one hand the weather is so beautiful during the autumn, but on the other, summertime is just about over), now's the time to start thinking about protecting your outdoor furniture, your pool equipment, your ATVs, your vintage cars, your barbeques, and your industrial and commercial equipment that is susceptible to cold weather conditions. Clean & Clear's affiliate companies NJ Shrink Wrapping and NYC Shrink Wrapping both provide the services you need. NJ Shrink Wrapping provides shrink wrapping and outdoor furniture and equipment wrapping all over New Jersey NYC Shrink Wrapping provides shrink wrapping, outdoor furniture, rooftop furniture, and equipment wrapping in New York City and Staten Island Contact us by visiting NJShrinkWrapping.com or NYCShrinkWrapping.com to get on our schedule to get your outdoor investments protected for the winter months. About Clean & Clear Power Washing: Clean & Clear provides power washing, pressure washing, and soft washing in Monmouth County and Ocean County, NJ.
  12. 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.
  13. pre treating concrete

    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.
  14. Hey all....question on what is common practice on surface cleaning .driveways/sidewalks. Instead of downwashing with use of a machine can i use a mixture of 12% pool shock and water via a hand pump sprayer? if so at what mixture 50/50? Also should if finished with an undiluted light final coat of the pool shock? I am just getting started and am using a MiTm 3500 pressure washers and 24" Hotsy Surface cleaner.
  15. Cleaning recommendations

    Yes. No higher than 80 grit for outdoor surfaces. Better penetration. 60 is typical in our practice due to the buffing brushes we have in that grit. This process also helps to lessen some of the un-eveness of coverage by furniture and other seldom moved items. Staining (adding a pigmented sealer) is a preferrence. Also helps to stave of UV greying and degradation depending on the opacity of the stain being applied. Toners-little opacity, semi-transparent stains-more opacity. Semi-solid greater opacity and solids are totally opaque. Clear sealers are in the vein of toners which have little to no opacity for UV protection regardless of what they state on the label. Rod
  16. Cleaning recommendations

    Hi again Rod, so I bought a 25 degree green tip for the pressure washer and I washed the fence, it looked great but I guess I got a little to close since the cedar now looks a little hairy. I was not going to stain it because it is Cedar but if I sand it down a little to get rid of the hairs does that mean I have to stain? Also, would I still use 80 grit or is that just for preparing wood to be stained? Thank you again for all the help. Don
  17. Big Driveways

    Once you throw in something sizable, it discounts the whole perception of value. Then your price comes into question. Something to consider... Rod
  18. Big Driveways

    I would probably be around the $1,700 range. Maybe throw something easy in like cleaning the back patio for free to sweeten the deal.
  19. Clean & Clear Power Washing is providing end of summer specials for power washing in Monmouth and Ocean County! We're all sad to see the summer ending, but this is the time to take advantage of our amazing specials to make your house look great for fall. Call or message us for a free estimate About Clean & Clear Power Washing: Clean & Clear provides power washing, pressure washing, and soft washing in Monmouth County and Ocean County, NJ.
  20. Cleaning recommendations

    General practice after applying any product that is on the alkaline side is to apply a neutralizer. While percarbonates become inert after they exhaust themselves, the pH is still alkaline. Stains/sealers are designed to go onto wood that is in its neutral state which is acidic in nature. Wash, rinse, neutralize, rinse. Rod
  21. Cleaning recommendations

    Thank you again for all this info Rod. One last question. Should I be rinsing with an oxalic Acid mixture after cleaning with the Sodium Percarbonate mixture? Don
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  24. Cleaning recommendations

    Yes. Clean it first, wait till dry then apply. First coat on new wood is going to look much lighter than on older wood because the fibers are still very tight and don't absorb as well as when loosened up by aging and lignin/extractives depreciation. When you are to perform subsequent maintenance applications, clean with oxyclean if is it just mold. If algae develops, skip the oxyclean and use bleach and water instead. (oxyclean and bleach don't get along in a mixture) Brush and then rinse thoroughly or use a power washer to speed up the process but remember you aren't trying to remove the color. Some may anyway as there are no significant binders to hold it on the surface and UV degradation will make it easy to remove. Once clean, neutralize and rinse thoroughly and allow to dry. Re-apply A/C and if mildew is a problem in your environment, you can also use a small amount of Japan Drier in Only What you think you can apply. Not the whole container. This will help the product set up faster and give less time for nature to deposit things that promote mildew regrowth. Yes, still use a mildewcide in only the new container you have. Not the used/partial one you may left over from prior applications. Any remaining product (hopefully very little) should be disposed of once a drier has been added. The product loses its properties in the can and when you go to use it later, it will not work as designed. This is why I state to only add it to what you think you will apply. If you need a little more you can still add it to that amount required. Keep what comes in the can in the state it was once opened (except the mildewcide if you add it. That does not hurt the formula). Rod
  25. Cleaning recommendations

    Thank you Rod. The deck has a 6x8 at 4ft and a 16 x18 at about 2ft and Ottawa is pretty humid here in the summer. I had read on the AC stain website that they recommended waiting 3 months that is why I was not sure. So if I am going to stain it about a month after it was installed I just need to do a light scrub with Oxiclean correct? Then next season if I am not restaining it can I scrub and brighten it or should I just scrub it? The lower deck was sealed off with flashing to keep animals out but I am going to look into seeing if there are some kind of vents I could install that would allow air to flow under the deck and not let animals in. It is closed off with cut down vertical deck boards so it would probably have to be a circle shaped vent. Thank you for your assistance.
  26. Cleaning recommendations

    Since you are using Pt Pine, you can seal it within 2 weeks of installation according to the American Wood Preservers Association, the organization that sets the guidelines for pressure treatment in wood. If you are going to wait that long, your exterior environment will be a dictating factor on what you will need to do. Oxy clean is easy enough for just gray wood and some mildew growth. Neutralizing with an acid is recommended. I am not sure what stores you have in your neck of the woods but look for a product that has either Oxalic or Citric acid and is designated for use on decks. If you are looking for more specifics, try https://www.opwdecks.com/ If your deck environment has high moisture conditions from a pool, hot tub or pond/water feature or sits really close to the ground and has little to no air passage beneath (less than 2' results in pockets of dead air and high moisture retention) then you may have to look into an additional mildewcide to help stave off mold growth during the drying period which with A/C can be anywhere from 2-5 days depending upon how much sun and shade you have. More sun, less dry time. Rod
  27. Good day, I have been reading through the posts on here and there is a ton of information, it has been quite interesting. I have a new PT deck that I just had built and I am going to wait 3 months and then use an AC Semi trans stain on it. From what I have read I will still need to wash and brighten it afterward. I was wondering what you guys would recommend as either a pre-bought product or one I can mix up at home. I plan on re-staining every 2 years or so but I am not sure if I should clean and brighten it every year or just clean it. Thank you for any advice you guys and gals can give me. Don
  28. Big Driveways

    2k range Rod
  29. Big Driveways

    Thanks Beth n Rod. I already know the things you wrote. I was just interested in what others were pricing at?
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