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  2. We're getting close. Got a log home to blast on monday and a play lot to do some repairs on but that will probably end our season about the 2nd week of December. After that...indoors we go! Rod
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  4. Just curious how many people are still actively cleaning. I am almost done for this season. Mike
  5. I go through the same process as Rod I buy mine from a local supplier Works good for me
  6. Check out the roof cleaning forum on this board and you will find your snswer. Good luck to you
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  9. I ended up turning it down. Thanks for the input everyone!
  10. Red is the worst , anything with solid stain or paint I walk , if still persistent I run .
  11. I'm a startup company and I'm using a chemical and I'm not able to get the roof solution down can anybody help with my solution I'm currently using sodium hydrochloride 12.5% mixed with water and Dove soap. What is the exact formula I need? Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  12. I agree with Rod. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I agree with Rod. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I don't even bother with buying in bulk or that concentration anymore. We have switched to just single bottles of clorox at HD and a few detergents/foaming agents/builders/rinse aids and extension poles and brushes. Get far better cleaning results, no bleach residue left behind, no oxidation issues to contend with and customers that call us back every two years to deal with the problematic sides and the rest of the house is a breeze. Same money, easier cleaning, less time and repeat business. Rod
  15. I don't bother to quote stripping that stuff anymore. It is cheaper to re-skin the deck. Consider that the wood has already gotten to a point that this is a last resort for anyone to consider using this....Crap! After having it on for a long enough period, the wood starts to rot because it is holding in moisture where ever it fails and allows water to collect beneath it where it flakes off. I have tried to strip it off only to find a turbo nozzle works the best and even then it never got rid of the stuff that goes into the cracks. For all the cost associated with trying to remove it, it is far cheaper to just replace the wood and then apply a sealer. fwiw. Rod
  16. Clean it first. Then sand it. Use no higher than 80 grit. You can use a couple of different methods but grinders help get the job done faster if you learn how to keep it with the grain. If you run into corners, use a palm sander (square type the you have to use hook bars to hold the paper which is cut to size specifically for the sander). Rod
  17. Keep the percarb from drying on glass. It turns it cloudy. The cause is the cure fortunately but it ends up taking more time and effort to physically rub or brush them to remove the haze. I would suggest a maintenance strength sodium hydroxide based cleaner and then neutralize. Rod
  18. I can understand your intention to address the customers request but keep this in mind. . . The customer doesn't always know what is best. Cleaning just a part without touching adjacent shakes is a surgical operation and unless you intend to do it by hand just give em a price break to clean them all to look the same (or as close to it as possible considering the proximity to the ground.) I am guessing the shakes have been replaced at some point in the past and the h.o. is proceeding based upon advice given by the installer. The installer is NEVER there to see the progress of nature and exposure for the sake of maintenance. They only see it once everything has gone to rot and decay requiring replacement. Use your best judgement and remember also this....your reputation is in the results. Others don't know the arrangement you make and their perceptions will be based upon solely what you complete. They may think you weren't doing a good job and got fired. Food for thought. Rod
  19. I love to share! I don't charge less than $300 plus tax. I won't leave my house for less, won't even keep talking to you on the phone if you keep pushing for less. No matter how small, or how long it DOESN'T take, $300 minimum. I like to charge $25/hr of driving one way in addition to about $100/hr or so in amount of time it would take for ONE person to complete the job. Which, by the way, is how its been going quite swimmingly I might add. Powerwash.com, I think, used to have a forum and somebody posted about pricing there. They said if you're not charging at least $100 - $150 per hour of cleaning time you might as well stay home. Myself, I added the $25 per hour driving charge. Because let's face it, some of us out here in the flyover country just can't make it with only charging based on the size or amount of time it takes to do just the cleaning. Break it down into extreme detail: $50 per fan $25 per filter $10 per linear foot of duct $25 per linear foot of hood Just for example. What are your thoughts? People don't like to share what they charge for their products or services because they don't want the competition to undercut them. I say, let them undercut me, when they screw up, I become WAY MORE VALUABLE! Especially if I mop up after myself or re-light pilot lights, it's always the little details that can keep you the job at the higher price versus your competitor that comes in at $100 or more than you. Because you know, your competitor may not go on the roof at all, they may not even show up with plastic to wrap the hood or they may not even show up with a pressure washer! *GASP* How many times has your customer replaced the fan motor? Do they know why? How loud is the fan? Can you hear anything? Why is the place filling up with smoke? What's NOT being done? Educate yourself, then educate your customer. Take photos/videos. Proof is Payment!
  20. Keep doing what you're doing, it will get cleaner and become easier to clean with each rotation. If they don't want to keep a rotation, raise the price per occurrence, they might get the bigger picture then. Good work! Bare metal is the intended result!
  21. I have been using Jobber for more than two years now. It's a challenge to learn it at first but once it's figured out, I will never go back to outlook or google or yahoo. I have also tried Mhelpdesk and that was just a mess. With Quickbooks Online making constant changes, I am even starting to consider just doing my invoicing through Jobber since they have been beefing up and redesigning their software. I also tried Lawnpro online software, but I couldn't get it to match my needs. Some have had success according to some of the older testimonials, but not this geek.
  22. Just a tid bit of info for those that would like it: The plastic on glass light globes makes the globe "shatterproof". Like the windshield of a car, it has a film of plastic to keep the glass pieces from affecting the passengers. Much more expensive globe but also much more difficult to clean because the plastic is usually textured to help with the diffusion of the light. If the light bulb is incandescent, you will always have a yellow tint. Only natural daylight 6500k+ will resolve the yellow tint issue.
  23. I am looking for more of these screw/twist coupler's: They are 22mm female thread to the wand/lance with 1/4" male NPT to the gun. Not sure of brand, Karcher or Suttner or ?? They use two different kinds of o-rings. The top one is a high temp rubber ring. The bottom is a plastic-ish, flat, brown with beveled cut ring. Any info about what they are called/part numbers/websites to buy from or help in finding more of these would be absolutely amazing! Thanks in advance.
  24. I am looking for more of these screw/twist coupler's: They are 22mm female thread to the wand/lance with 1/4" male NPT to the gun. Not sure of brand, Karcher or Suttner or ?? They use two different kinds of o-rings. The top one is a high temp rubber ring. The bottom is a plastic-ish, flat, brown with beveled cut ring. Any info about what they are called/part numbers/websites to buy from or help in finding more of these would be absolutely amazing! Thanks in advance.
  25. Working on a quote for a large home that has cedar shakes. In several areas there is considable mold that the owner would like removed without restoring or cleaning all the shakes. Also a lot of the gutters, soffits, and facia is green and needs to be cleaned. Will that be possible without staning the cedar shakes of it splashes on them. My normal mix is SH/Water 50/50. and eleminator at the recommended ratio. Any comment would be welcomed. See pic. Thanks in advance!
  26. I have a customer with a rather large white cedar single home that had ir treated in the past but would like to have it sanded back close to the original cedar. I do not have any experience in sanding and would like to know if anyone could help me with what rype of sander to use, what grit paper, etc.
  27. Hello. I was wondering if anybody is using housecall Pro for their business? I have been doing it the paper and pen method and I think it's time to graduate to something more advanced. Basically what I have been doing is using a notebook to keep track of everything and periodically inputting the customer list to my quickbooks. I'd really appreciate all input minus the sarcasm. ThAnks[emoji6] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  28. That is very awesome, well done with the cleaning my friend. Austin House Cleaning Services | Austin Maid Services
  29. I agree. Everyone has different needs, expectations and purpose. I believe that in order for someone to feel as though he is "successful" he would ultimately feel joy in whatever dealings he is doing. Money is one measurement of success.. love for what you do, taking joy in creating and always trying to reach for a happier place and treating people well is another. Austin House Cleaning Services | Austin Maid Services
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