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    Commercial Service Providers
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    Ryan Holbird
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    Newnan GA
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    weekend warrior
  1. Half moons in driveway

    You could armor-all the entire driveway :)
  2. Time to be honest with myself

    Thanks for the feedback, guys, though I'm not really just now "giving it up." I haven't done a job in over 2 years. When we moved from our old house, I kept the equipment around "just in case" I had time to pick it up again. Since we've been here, I've only used it on my place twice and haven't had time to pursue other business. I travel quite a bit for work so there hasn't been ample opportunity to make a real go of it. Carlos, not in the real estate business. What I meant was the real estate in my garage and basement is more valuable to me than the rarely-used equipment that occupies it. I pulled everything out today to take the pictures. The weather was so nice and my wife has been on me to turn our graying siding back to white that I thought "what the hell" and put on some shorts and went to work. I had some water left in my buffer tank when the house was finished, so I washed our cars. I had forgotten how exhilarating it was! As for equipment performance, the machine ran for about 4 hours without any problems. Never had issues with pressure cycling, never shut off, and pulled water from the tank easily. I really wanted to sell everything as one bulk bundle, but after using the unit again I've decided that maybe it isn't so bad having it around. I'll break it the items up. Machine, hose, gun, extension pole: $1000 Extension pole: $150 (if purchased alone) Hose reel: $50 Surface cleaner: $1000 Trailer: $500 Pictures are at http://www.holbird.com/tgs I put them there because they are rather large and there are many of them. If you have any questions feel free to call me (770-490-7610) or email. I'll be out of phone reach for 7 days starting this Wednesday, but I'll have email access at night. Really, for someone starting out, the $1500 trailer + washer and accessories would be excellent. Throw on a ladder (if you are into the hand-scrubbing windows and panes like I was) and you're in good business. Like I said, it's been a joy doing this, but I never intended to make a full-time deal of it and I've proven to myself that I just don't take the time to use the good equipment I have. I'm also considering giving up all of my lawn equipment and just hiring a pro to bring my lawn back to life. After reading "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" and "The 4-hour work week," I'm reconsidering how many things I do for myself and am pursuing a different thought process. I've been doing design and process engineering for awhile and think I'd like to put some of my spare time into refining the design and operation of some consumer products. I have so many gripes with the way so many things are made nowadays that I think I'm going to try and "find a better way" to handle some of them. I figure I invent new stuff almost everyday for industrial applications, so I should be able to figure out how to make a stupid floor lamp that doesn't sit crooked on carpet (staring at that particular Made in China POS marvel right now). Maybe I'll even tinker with some things that would have made washing easier. At any rate, I've discovered a new sense of enjoyment in reading through the new threads, so perhaps I'll poke in from time to time. I still have my ipe porch that will need some attention, and I'll be tearing down my old porch and building a new one in the next 18 - 24 months, so I won't completely lose the need to visit this fine gathering of industry minds. I'm getting more into the commercial and business end of what I do, too, so I'm very interested in reading about marketing and business thoughts from some folks here (Ken Fenner, for one...I always enjoy your stuff). Cheers in 2008. Ryan http://www.holbird.com/tgs
  3. How To Charge More AND Do More Volume

    I guess scenario 2 would be you might lose some volume, but have increased revenue from the ones you retain, so your net income remains the same, albeit with less effort and work on your behalf. Either way is a benefit to the business owner, to a point. With your extra time, you have the opportunity to explore other avenues or customers you may have ignored due to lack of availability. I suggested a similar approach to my wife's firm during this year's Christmas party. Bourbon and beer were involved, so I didn't mind offering a group of attorneys some advice :) They take in pretty much every law case that walks through the door and are all over-worked. There are always people who believe they are getting better value than that for which they are paying, so a slight increase doesn't represent anything negative to them. They can selectively ignore cases with a high PITA factor and still have the same cash flow. The concept is equally applicable to the PW industry. I vaguely remember something from economics 101 about this situation and it's why Taco Bell ($1 crappy taco, but HUGE volume) and Uncle Julios (good mexican joint in Atlanta, $8 taco, not so huge volume) both experience awesome cash flow.
  4. Hi All! It's been quite awhile since I've been here. Looks like Beth and Rod have done a great job with the site...membership seems to be up and the forums are very much alive. I used to consider this place a second home...it's nice to see it's still around. Anyway, I've realized it's time to be honest with myself. Several years ago I was really into the cleaning game. Had my own janitorial business, did pressure washing regularly, and had lots of fun. Truth be told, I haven't picked up my gun in almost 2 years other than the occasional "clean for beer" jobs for friends and family. I simply don't have the time to get out anymore and drum up the business. I've been going through the basement and garage and realize that right now real estate in these areas is more important and valuable than "having tools if necessary." I think I'm at the point where, when something needs to be cleaned around the house, I'll call [another] pro out to do it. That being said, I'm getting rid of all my stuff. All of it works and has been used about once every 6 months and has been kept in my garage. Details: Pressure washing stuff: Skid mount pressure washer, 16 hp Briggs, 5.5 gpm, 3000 psi pump. 12' - 24' fiberglass extension pole 100' (continuous) 4000 psi hose with quick connects high pressure hose reel (holds 50'...from Northern, never used) 30" Steel Eagle surface spinner with 2 arms AND adjustable deck (30 hrs use) 20 gallon buffer / recycle tank w/ water control float valve 4' x 8' single axle trailer with 30" high expanded metal (Ryex type) walls and drop down rear gate (axle is warped from holding 250 gallon water tank too long...that was dumb on my part. It works fine for around town use but should be replaced for long-term duty) Xjet (adjustable, not fixed) I'd like to see around $2500 for all of the above, but I haven't priced things out in quite awhile, so perhaps that's a little too optimistic. Market will tell. Janitorial stuff: Premier floor buffer, low speed 16" (no pads, just brush for attaching pads) ($100) Galaxy commercial carpet extractor with wand (wife may overrule this, however) ($900) Other Stuff: 1997 Honda Accord, 4dr, 4 cyl, 160k miles (fair condition...will update price tomorrow) I'll take some pictures of the above items and update this post tomorrow. I'll contribute 3% of the final sale price to this board. It's nice having this stuff around "when I need it," but I honestly simply haven't taken the time to use it. Cheers! :lgwave: Ryan UPDATE: PW engine is 16 hp, not 18, and is 5.5 gpm, not 5. pics at http://www.holbird.com/tgs
  5. I don't think even the labor market in Atlanta would be that crazy to attempt this. No, this is in Shanghai, China. I was there recently on some business and saw these guys coming down the building and thought some of you on the board would appreciate the nerve [or stupidity] this required.
  6. Saw this last week...couldn't believe it. I SOOO wanted to ask these guys if they would let me tie off and go for a scoot down the side of the building, but I don't think the wife would've approved.
  7. I had a cleaning contract in a union shop where having 2 men doing the job of 1 was prevalent and commonplace. I wondered the same thing but dared not speak me thoughts too loudly.
  8. Only great minds can read this

    .oot dnim egtrans a evah ouy ,siht daer anc ouy if Holy crap, it even works when it's backwards! (read from right to left).
  9. Check your shoe soles...what has the hypochlorite done to them?
  10. The revolution has just begun....

    Personally, I think Windows Vista is to XP what Milennium was to Win 98...lots of hype and some cool new skins, but overall not worth the box it's shipped in. Download the appropriate Google and Firefox tools, and you won't need MS for anything other than a basic operating system. Unfortunately, I use too many specialized applications that require MS, but XP is perfect for years to come.
  11. Oh My God ....

    So far it seems the focus is on flow and not pressure, and the smaller units are getting away with between 5 and 10 hp, so I'm guessing they are keyed up pretty high for flow. I recall somewhere around 20 gpm and enough pressure to force the slurry through a 1 1/2" hose. I'm strongly considering just playing around...mostly just to learn something new.
  12. Oh My God ....

    Sometimes customers research to see what they should expect from a contractor so they don't get roped in by a lowballer. And sometimes, they learn a little too much. They see what kind of profit margins are in it and think that it's overinflated because they themselves don't earn that kind of profit for what they do. They see your price and think "well crap, I could buy an entire setup after only 10 jobs...this is just way too expensive." They don't consider the operating expenses and the fact that you as a contractor have to make money...that's why you do it. I've been guilty of a similar thing recently. I really really need to have a lawn established. At the low end, it will cost around $12k for cheap sod. It will cost $6k for cheap hydroseeding and $8k for better hydromulching (just learned about the various techniques by reading boards like this). After reading, I now know understand the language and techniques bidders will use, so that helps me to be an informed consumer (always a good thing, I think.). Now, the "guilty" part. I've discovered that I can pay $6k for a cheap hydroseeding job, or I can pay $1k for the materials and $1500 for a low-end hydroseeder (which is essentially a motor and a special pump, with tank and hose, not unlike pressure washing). So for $2500, I could do my own yard myself, and have the equipment left over for my neighbors to use (my entire neighborhood is relatively new, so we could make good use of this). Considering that most hydroseeders are running balls out for the seeding season, there is very high demand and a short supply, so we are able to get this done this year whereas some of us may have to wait until later. But the point is, an attempt to learn about the job you need done can actually lead you to do things you never set out to do.
  13. Gps

    Google Earth and Google Maps on my cell phone. Mine doesn't have GPS built in, but you can search for roads and find where you are. Some phones are equipped with a GPS antenna, so you could do this route. Having the satellite images is very helpful.
  14. They Cut Our Price in !/2

    It may have made you feel better, but sounds a little immature to me. At most I would have said "congratulations on a good find. For the level of quality we provide, we cannot perform our services at those rates; however, if you find that his concept of quality isn't up to your expectations, we'll he happy to complete the job at our previously quoted price." Burning bridges is never a good idea, regardless of your state of pride, IMHO.
  15. Mixing Paddles

    Length of rod with section of flat bar welded to the end at a slight angle (redneck propeller) attached to my 18V DeWalt drill. hold at angle in the tank for maximum mixing effectiveness.