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  1. 2 points
    blizzy

    COVID-19 Pandemic

    Yeah, My updated info. from the Gov't is that we will be able to start on the 19th. This is one of those times when having Toronto right next door is a hindrance, The more rural areas could open but Toronto is so dense it makes it more problematic. dense def. 1) highly populated 2) thick headed both apply. OK kids. Stay safe and have fun.
  2. 2 points
    Beth n Rod

    COVID-19 Pandemic

    I hear ya. We are beginning next week on the 11th. Given our season is finite and ends late november, I feel much of this year is going to be diminished and our biggest concern is people dropping off due to financial reasons. Rod & Beth
  3. 2 points
    gman201

    COVID-19 Pandemic

    I slowed down quite a bit in March & April but starting to pick back up now ? Hopefully we all will get back close to normal but my expectations of that happening this year are low?
  4. 2 points
    blizzy

    COVID-19 Pandemic

    yup. Still stopped here. Probably until mid may till uncle Doug lets us go back. We got a real problem here with long term care, and its getting worse. Stay the course. Be well all.
  5. 2 points
    Hi all New to the forum I joined specifically because of COVID 19. I am building a 120k furniture warehouse in nor cal, I am looking for tips to keep my crew members safe. Currently we are staggering shifts so everyone is not in our job trailer at the same time and in our warehouse we are practicing social distancing. We are spraying bleach on all tools, gang boxes, entrances etc. I am reaching out to the cleaning pros for any helpful tips and ideas. Thanks in advance. Steve
  6. 2 points
    Hndyman55

    Downstream nozzle has pressure?

    So got the new injector installed and it works great! So I looked at the old injector and somehow the screw in orfice? was missing. I didn’t realize it when I took it apart because I’ve never had one before. Thank you for the help
  7. 2 points
    GREASE AWAY

    Clean the Exhaust Fan Bowl

    Razor blade then degreaser and pressure wash
  8. 2 points
    mike movila

    Gutters

    Yes Sir F13 Gutter Butter they all yield different results based on the gutters manufacturers and the age of the gutters. You have to be careful with the paint and surface and keep it wet all times
  9. 2 points
    john@AEC

    Lessons Learned in 2018

    My only "guarantee" is to turn up & do my best (results as explained)
  10. 2 points
    You are right Thad. Safety first. Besides, how can you be a Certified Low-Baller if you take all that time trying to clean what you cannot see? And if the exhaust catches fire, the evidence will burn up anyway.
  11. 1 point
    Hi everyone, I stumbled onto this forum while I was searching for information on stains and sealers for a deck we're having put on our above ground pool. The pool has been up for 4 years and we've been saving to get it done right. Unfortunately, me being out of work took a chunk out of that savings. Without writing a novel, we decided to still move forward and get it done with pressure treated wood instead of TREX. I'm getting overwhelmed trying to figure out when we stain, if we stain or just use sealer, oil vs. water based.... the list goes on. I thought I had it all figured out and narrowed down to Woodrich or Ready Seal then I read a post on here that if the deck is near water or a pool you would use different products. I give up. Please help me. The contractor is coming again on Friday to take final measurements and go over exactly where on the pool we want the deck. The railings and spindles according to the written quote are vinyl w/black spindles. So I'm guessing we only have to worry about the steps and main deck. Is it safe to use the pool/deck? I read that the wood shouldn't be stained/sealed for a few months? Which stain do you recommend for these conditions (we're in NJ, close to Philadelphia)? We do want a transparent/semi-transparent one. Does the type of wood matter? Thank you ALL for your time and I hope everyone's business has survived this and is on it's way back to success. I'll be honest, one of the reasons we didn't try to tackle this ourselves is that after seeing so many of our friends struggling and some even losing their business, we wanted to do it this way. But the finishing we can definitely do. Best to you all. RC
  12. 1 point
    Kevinsaint

    GPM & PSI

    Okay this is going to be an odd one. So, I’m relatively new to the pressure washing industry but have a decent entry level knowledge about most things pressure washing related. Until I started researching on the internet about pressure washing i honestly never realized how essential bleach (or SH whatever you prefer to say) is to a large percentage of pressure washing businesses. Here’s the catch, I’m actually allergic to bleach.. My parents found out when I was a kid because I started breaking out in hives and had other allergic reactions when in contact with bleach in anyway. Which is obviously unfortunate because I understand how much more timely efficient using bleach is versus just pressure from a pressure washer. I want to still continue my pressure washing business because i genuinely enjoy the work. I am just am going to have a take a different chemical approach that works for me. My question is, if I am relying more on the power washer rather than chemicals to wash a house should I still more concerned about GPM or PSI? I’ve heard many times GPM is king but isn’t that more for the rinsing and applying chemical aspect of it? Maybe not. But I’ve been stuck on this decision. I am looking at two machines. One is 4GPM 4000 psi, and the other is 5.5GPM 3000 psi. Which would be better for residential use only when using only the power washer and soap? I will be doing siding, decks, fences, driveways, sidewalks, but no roofs. Which do you guys think will get the job done faster in my situation? More PSI or more GPM? Thank you
  13. 1 point
    Kevinsaint

    GPM & PSI

    Okay that makes sense. I planned on using a buffer tank regardless for either. maybe 65 or 100 gal I’m not sure yet depending on what I find locally, for the bypass system and to ensure I get proper GPM in case if the customer has low GPM from the spigot. In theory, where the siding overlaps, what if I were to just agitate with a brush and cleaner and use low PSI To rinse? To ensure no water seeps behind the siding? I don’t know if that makes sense i am just trying to make this work as efficiently as possible ya know? I’m sure there are precautionary steps to take to prevent that? Thank you for your time I really appreciate it
  14. 1 point
    Beth n Rod

    COVID-19 Pandemic

    Make a good year of it! Rod & Beth
  15. 1 point
    gman201

    COVID-19 Pandemic

    So how is everyone's pressure washing business doing during this pandemic ?
  16. 1 point
    Beth n Rod

    COVID-19 Pandemic

    We're hoping the first week of May but we'll see. In Maryland, this is a hub of major infrastructure and as a result have not reached that plateau. Rod & Beth
  17. 1 point
    Hndyman55

    Downstream nozzle has pressure?

    Thank you. I did go ahead and order a new injector. Will see if it makes a difference.
  18. 1 point
    Hndyman55

    Downstream nozzle has pressure?

    the method for metering on this machine is a replaceable orfice on the beginning of the line. There are no clogs or kinks in the new hose
  19. 1 point
    Hndyman55

    Downstream nozzle has pressure?

    Yes I took it apart. And made sure it was clean inside. And yes it went ball, spring, then barbed fitting. Not adjustable. I can blow into it and the ball pushes free. When I suck the ball seats and seals. It’s like the Venturi effect isn’t happening when put on low pressure
  20. 1 point
    Beth n Rod

    The best hood cleaning school

    K.E.C. (Kitchen Exhaust Certification) is offered through Phil Ackland's Program which is what we took to get certified. http://philacklandtraining.com/ Rod & Beth
  21. 1 point
    Bert Lorch

    The best hood cleaning school

    I have look into a few schools and interested in the M.F.S. school and was wondering if anyone has any info me to help me determine what's best... I clean hoods now with no real training at all. I'm thinking maybe an online class since I'm already in the field. Thank You!!
  22. 1 point
    ssanderz30

    Pressure Washing Guys

    wolfkinara, it's not so hard as it seems. I do high pressure washing of my backyard pavers, maybe once per month, maybe less often, cause it depends on certain season of the year, you know. I like to use Color Enhancer sealer ( from this website: https://bestyardproducts.com/best-paver-sealer/ ) and the simplest high-pressure washing machine. I like that after it natural color of pavers and some natural stone elements becomes more enhanced and much brighter.
  23. 1 point
    FlaSteve

    Old concrete

    Hello All. My South Florida, concrete, three car driveway, is now twenty five years old, and looks it. After all the twice a year cleaning, the concrete is somewhat pitted. My usual session is no longer removing, what I guess to be, a build up of dirt and grime in the pits. I have only used my rig (DeWalt 4200 psi, 4 gpm pressure washer, and AP+ 21" surface washer) to this point. I never got in to pretreating, or using detergent. That's due to the various, and often conflicting recommendations, that I've read each time I've researched. I never came to a workable conclusion in my mind. I'd greatly appreciate a coherent solution, from a knowledgeable person, if you have the time, and thanks in advance. I'd like to read a full description of what I should do at this point. Specific equipment. Detergents and pretreatments. And method and technique. I'f needed I'll purchase a downstream injector and the like. Cleaning twice a year is enough, the last cleaning stayed just four months. Thanks, Steve
  24. 1 point
    Thinking on this a bit. There is another option. This builder is custom homes, correct? Higher end, Yes? Order a different mix. Generally, the mix is various grades of ugly plain crush. He can spend a bit more, order a blend mix with mixed aggregates. Then when you wash at the end you can peel off the crème and wow. For this the HCL is perfect. Exposed aggregate. Charge extra.
  25. 1 point
    Bert Lorch

    Insurance

    How much and what coverage do ppl carry operating a hood cleaning business?
  26. 1 point
    Beth n Rod

    Insurance

    1 million typically. Best case is to look into this with an insurance agent who could shed some light on some possible scenarios you may want to cover in the event of an issue from ladder issues, falling off a roof, fire, chemical burns/spills/exposure etc. Rod
  27. 1 point
    Do you still use these chemicals
  28. 1 point
    larryh

    Cleaning and Disinfecting

    Cleaning and Disinfecting With all that is happening in the world today removing dirt and stains from surfaces isn’t the only way to be profitable. It is however important to know how to clean properly and protect your health in the process. I submit the following information for your approval. Using Bleach or Chlorine for Cleaning The following is an industry report and in no way intended to be the final answer or discussion on the subject. If you in any way deal with the products mentioned in this report it is incumbent upon you to do all of the research necessary to protect yourself, your employees and anyone who may be affected by your work. Many contractors in the Mobile Power-Wash industry use some form of Sodium Hypochlorite for cleaning the various items that they contract to clean. Some call it “The Love”, Bleach, Chlorine or even Clorox but in reality it is Sodium Hypochlorite. Surfaces such as roofs, decks, fences, siding and pavement often get a build-up of mildew that causes damage to wood and creates a slippery surface on pavement and walk ways. For cosmetic and safety reasons these areas must be cleaned occasionally. If this is your choice of cleaning agents you should be aware of its capabilities and its’ possible side effects. After being made aware that some contractors are using Oxalic Acid to neutralize Sodium Hypochlorite I decided to add some information on Oxalic Acid as well. To this end the following information is submitted for your consideration. “Please read the Material Safety Data carefully and determine the potential hazards for yourself”. For more information click on the link below: www.dcs1.com/flu/Sodium_hypochlorite.htm This information is offered mainly for the education of those who don’t normally do power washing for a living, but we all may benefit from reading it. When cleaning the exterior of a building certain procedures will give you the best results and help to keep you in compliance with environmental regulations. If you are called upon to clean and decontaminate an external area of a building where it is known or suspected that there may be contamination by the swine flu virus some of the basic things that you should remember are listed below. Wear Personal Protective Equipment {PPE} at all time when exposure to the virus is likely. Learn what the correct PPE for this type of work is. Learn how to don and remove the appropriate PPE understanding that it will be contaminated once you use it and will require proper disposal. Learn the proper washing procedure for this type of area. If there are any bodily fluids present in the area the area must be washed prior to disinfecting. Any run-off from this type of cleaning must be controlled and disposed of in an appropriate manner. There are two kinds of disinfectants recommended for use with this type of virus they are Sodium Hypochlorite or Quaternary Ammonia. THESE SHOULD NEVER BE MIXED. Sodium Hypochlorite should be used advisedly in an enclosed area or an area in close proximity to a work area or where people gather, because of the strong odor and fumes that can be hazardous to your health. Quaternary Ammonia is less offensive odor wise and is less likely to cause breathing problems when used properly. Be sure to read the Material Safety Data Sheets pertaining to the chemical you are about to use prior to the use of that chemical. Other Relevant information: www.dcs1.com/flu/facts.pdf www.dcs1.com/flu/cdc.pdf www.dcs1.com/flu/swine_flu.htm www.dcs1.com/flu/max_quat.htm
  29. 1 point
    Anton

    Starting up washing business.

    Hello everyone. My name is Anton, I'm from Estonia. Starting up washing business here. I'm really new to this kind of work. A lot to learn in the future. Right now I already have small setup. 500 liters water tank on the trailer, flat surface cleaner 18 inch, telescopic lance 24ft( very heavy stuff, I will try to use it to wash solar panels. Want to place end of the pole on the wheels), 2 hoses 10 and 20 meters long and direct drive pressure washer 4.75 GPM (18 lpm) 3600 psi. As a newbie I have some questions. I want to install unloader with hose back to the tank but don't know which to buy? Could someone explain to me how to choose the right one? Also, a bought a gauge yesterday to check the pump , installed it and started the machine. I bought the gauge bc sticker on the machine were saying that machine is 4.5 GPM and 4000 psi but pump manufacturer manual says that pump is 4.8 GPM and 3600 psi , so I decided to adjust the pressure according to the manufacture's manual. So, I started the machine with pressure adjusting cup all the way down and started to watch the guage. I don't remember the readings guage were showing but it was to much according the pump manual, so I lowered the pressure by terning the cup up. I end up with 3480 psi of working pressure with 0° nozzle on the gun and when I realise the gun pressure peaks up to 3600 psi. Have I done it right? Thanks for reading my post. Good day.
  30. 1 point
    ultrazone

    Starting up washing business.

    Check your skills. Pressure washing takes a little more than just buying a pressure washer and spraying down a person's driveway or siding. ... Get the right equipment. To start your own pressure washing business you're going to need your own equipment. ... Set your business up right. ... Put your business online. ... Start booking jobs. Source: Commercial Cleaning
  31. 1 point
    Roof cleaning is actually a very cumbersome task and many people actually refrain from taking up such tasks many a time hence I think hiring cleaning service providers for such kind of job actually reduces the burden of many house owners. Hemstäd Stockholm
  32. 1 point
    Anton

    Starting up washing business.

    Hi Rod. Thanks for reply. I ment those big 20mm socket bolts. They go loose while I'm working. Also , how to choose the right unloader?
  33. 1 point
    johndisuzabiz

    cleaners

    Agreed!!
  34. 1 point
    Beth n Rod

    Starting up washing business.

    I will get back to you if someone else doesn't before me. Rod
  35. 1 point
    Beth n Rod

    Gutters

    There are a number of them that people use and most find best according to their desired method of application and removal. F-13 Gutter Grenade is one. Gutter Butter is another I am aware of. The rest found in a search are mostly 'consumer' grade. Perhaps others may chime in ... Rod
  36. 1 point
    If you've got that much work in only a few months then "Well done" & give yourself a pat on the back. As Mike said, it takes time to get a reputation, personal referrals & repeats. With time you will get to know customer concerns & be able to address them calmly.
  37. 1 point
    Good on you for making it all this time never the less John. Rod
  38. 1 point
    I'm a '64 model (if you want to know how old that is you can work it out yourself - I don't want to know) and this is definitely a young persons game, especially in summer. I've had a few injuries over the years and am not 100%, so only a couple of years left for me - but I do love working for myself, being outdoors & doing stuff for people.
  39. 1 point
    mike movila

    Lessons Learned in 2018

    Wow those are some wonderful lessons could not agree with you guys more. As far far guarantees I do not offer because As Rod implied there are those customers who will never be satisfied no matter how hard you try to please them. I always vouch to do the best job possible and yield the best results. I wish every one a prosperous 2019. Happy Spraying Mike
  40. 1 point
    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
  41. 1 point
    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.
  42. 1 point
    Well I'm 51 going on 20 at 6:00 A.M. And 51 going on intention at 6:00 P.M. Lol Feel it in the hands and knees these days but otherwise no to bad.
  43. 1 point
    Larry Adams_8364

    Scheduling Program

    Okay, So I'm coming back here. I just wanted to share. We use a program called Reflect Customer Database, It's free and we use Express Invoice, also free and by the same company. ( NCH software) We've been using it for almost 2 years and so far no glitches. We use it on our windows machine but, We also use it on our Linux Mint machines as well. We use Google calendar for our scheduling and the benefit there is, It's pairs with my phone so when an appointment is made, I know about it immediately and if I'm out in the field and make an appointment, The office knows about it. The three together work really good. It does take time to figure out though. Other things we use to our benefit is Weebly.com for our website. It's free and easy to edit as long as you keep .weebly in your name. I.E. APBHoodCleaning.weebly.com We use things like the free version of Yelp and we made a facebook page. We also set up a YouTube Channel. ( My 13 year old daughter runs that. She is disabled and in my opinion does a great job.) We didn't want to pay our bank $35.00 a month to process credit cards so, We now use PayPal PayHere. We contacted them and got extra readers sent to us. Sure they charge 2.5 % to process credit cards but, we charge that to our customers. We no longer accept checks. It's either Cash or Credit. We have a cash or credit price. If a customer says that they can't afford to have their hoods cleaned, No Problem!! They can apply for credit through PayPal. They pay us and make payments to PayPal and if paid off within 6 months there's no interest. Plus, They enjoy buyers protection. If we don't do the job correctly, PayPal has their resolution center that contacts who they bought their product or service from and will set it up to correct the issue. If for some reason the contractor doesn't fix the issue, The money is returned to the person making the purchase. We've never had to use the resolution center. Also, We're notified if payment went through when we email their receipt to them. ( Usually within a minute of swiping the card) I hope this helps others out there and if they need or want help, They can send me a message.
  44. 1 point
    Sorry about the delay in getting these pics uploaded. Couldn't do it with the van loaded from helping Roger and Celeste finish their log home. The first is of the 2-gun unit at the rear of the van. The second is a view into the side door showing the tank, accessory drawer, hose reel stack and tool box. Third is of the winterization port between the tank and the pw'er. Rod
  45. 1 point
    madeinus

    What to wear?

    We turn these trash cans on their side and stand behind it; move it as you move.
  46. 1 point
    cleanhoods

    Whats the Best foamer?

    Fellow KEC workers this is just advice and my 2 cents. For years and years i have used a pump up sparyer, worked fine the the cost and agrivation sucked, from o rings going bad, hose that comes with them isnt worth the time,tips handles and so on,but it worked. Now the foamers same concept but much more costly, you got alot of the same things to worry about from hoses orings to a compressor that fails, but it works. Want to go cheap, effective, and truely works well Down Stream.....about 25 bucks for an injector which only has two o rings, a good fuel injector hose for the chem intake and a good SS screen no more then 50 bucks invested. I dont need to carry extra weight and drag extra hose,i can shoot the chemical distances that will pass a foamer or a pump. I at first was so used to and stuck to my pump ups and messing with this foam, i was convinced by a long distance friend to pull my old DS injector out and play with it. I am very good a DSing now. Works great too better then foam or pumpimg. Now you say how....read the above reasons and think about it. In our business we have to be the best at what we do but at the same time cost effective and in my years in the business DSing is the the ONLY way!! Hope this helps and if anyone needs help understanding how to use DSing i would be glad to share.JUst ask. Marko
  47. 1 point
    cleanhoods

    Nasty restaurants

    Dont move there equiptment at all that costs money to move. And to clean up there mess under and behind equiptment is a seperate job which you should charge for. For one, every time you move there equiptment to set up your taking the risk of a leg or caster breaking off,tiping the fryer oil evrywhere,ect. and who will they blame? Get a two foot step ladder really helps for set ups. Marko
  48. 1 point
    I don't think it's safe to take those filters out. You should just clean what you can easily reach. Don't take unnecessary risks!
  49. 1 point
    Keth - you can get tergitol much much cheaper than that at thechemistrystore.com. As with how it works, yes it makes the stuff hold much better on the sides of a house - but even on flat sections, it has this amazing ability to remove the need for brushing. If you use it with just bleach, ok - or just use bleach with TSP - again ok. But bleach with tsp and tergitol - man oh man. -Dan
  50. 1 point
    Miner's lamps, flashlights, poles/scrapers, SS polish, mop heads, welder's blankets, wet vac with large capacity or sump, various screwdrivers, Allen wrenches and sockets for removing fan shrouds or access panels. The rest is knowlege and Phil Ackland's manual is an excellent training tool. When I was involved in KEC we were PWNA members. A more important org to join is your state of local restaurant association.
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