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hoodteked

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About hoodteked

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  • Birthday 12/07/1960

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  • Company Name
    hoodtek Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Inc.
  • First & Last Name
    ed gosselin
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    brandon
  • Occupation
    hood/kitchen exhaust cleaner
  1. That part of the system looks good. Hope you didn't spend three hours in just that section.
  2. Hoodz ? they still around!
  3. We use Smith Filter quite a bit. Great Quality and Quick shipping. smithfilter.com
  4. Yep, good boots easy to slip on and off. Great grip, not sure how warm in the cold they would be. Thank god I don't have to find out!
  5. I remember last week either tues or weds ,we had to put the van heater on driving home for a little bit.
  6. Crap, I just saw on TV we might get down to 34º monday night!! We will have to close down that night for sure. :orange:
  7. It is now officially winter in Florida with this cold front today. For these next few weeks we will be switching to long sleeve work shirts. How is everyone handling these cold temps where you all live?
  8. Shocking... over 20plus franchises sold and all went belly up. Who could of predicted that? Here is a review from a former franchisee. www.mrfiresafety.com AKA Chris Daskalakis is a scam artist, he will take you for every penny!Just ask for a list of his current franchises. Google his name and you will find out he has opened more than 35 business, which all of them are bankrupted. He will take your franchise money and then not support you, then he will find any way possible to squeeze every penny out of you... Just ask the last 20 franchisees.DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THIS GUY OR HIS WIFE!http://www.speeddate.com/personals-in-debary-florida-united-states/9729617/chris-daskalakis.html Here is a link to his speed dating profile, he is married but decides to be on a dating site. 14cc176
  9. The way it works it seems is the owner goes out and gets coverage insurances for himself and his company. Then he goes and hires people and pays them a 1099. Which means unless the restaurants have certificates on file making them additional insured by his company they are at risk. His crews don't carry any insurance other than personal auto insur. Had a local competitor helper fall off a ladder and get hurt bad. This owner didn't carry any coverage's and so the helper sued the restaurant and won.
  10. Yes, one is a national company but most are small local companies that have been around a number of years. I understand about the IRS, which is why I started this topic. These companies are illegal in so many ways. The bottom line is in this business most jobs come down to price, Not all but most. I try to educate most of my new customers but the savings of just $25.00 can make them look the other way. I probably get asked at most 10 times a year to send in certificates of insurance. Perhaps only two asked for proof of workers comp and or commercial vehicle insurance in the last 5 yrs. Having the needed overhead for this business helps me sleep better at night. I was just curious if others have noticed a growing number of companies using 1099's.
  11. Back when I was an independent contractor in constriction, It took a lot on my end to be so. Before I could pick up work I needed to show my state incorporation papers. As well as liability insurance and commercial vehicle insurance. Be able to produce a current state license and have a social security card. Have my OWN work vehicle and tools for the job. Things are different in the Hood Cleaning business. I talk with cleaners in different local companies all the time. It is becoming more and more common for Local Companies to 1099 their employees. I guess now a days all you need is for the boss to say " You are an Independent Contractor". These guys go out with no insurance, no workers comp, and use the companies van and equipment. Yep, Times sure have changed.
  12. That's what I'm talking about. I have put new fittings on both ends. Within two jobs they were leaking. We have used the plated steel, double plated steel and the premium steel ones. I even tried the Brass fittings. Breco and Allison. I got the Viton heavy duty o'rings. These different fittings were bought months apart as well. Now, I have been using these for the past four years. Just this last year is when it has started. The only thing that has changed is we went with the two wire pressure hoses, but I don't see how that would effect them.
  13. I buy lots of parts with Envirospec. I have tried all of their quick connects for my hoses. The problem I have been having is that even after installing new fittings on both ends. Within two or three cleanings, they will start to leak water out the fittings. I can replace the o ring and two jobs later they will leak again. Now if I start the washer up, with the pressure on they stop leaking. I have tried top of the line fittings and cheap ones, same results. Tried cheap o rings and high temp o rings. Its mostly the hoses, but the gun and wand connects leak as well. If I replace those o rings they will last longer than the hoses but still leak sooner then they should. Any help would be appreciated, thanks ahead of time.
  14. No Question, best bang for the buck.