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  1. shark grip in A/C

    Armstrong Clark products do not have any resin system to hold onto a grit. Your suspicion that it wouldn't hold would be correct in that. If they want a similar appearance, you can try Sikkens SRD natural with the grit. That will hold it. One other thing. We always add a small amount of Japan Drier to help speed up the drying process and avoid the 'scotch tape' feel underfoot for weeks following the installation. It also helps to minimize pollutants sticking to it and later becoming mold embedded. Now for the cons. You will need to strip it to avoid the UV shift which causes the resins to darken making maintenance a bit more involved. Otherwise, I'd look into a product that has something that will hold onto the grit. Rod & Beth
  2. Need help Allison iron horse

    Envirospec was the company that built them. This should help. Send the tech a photo of that tag and a full picture of the unit, the pump, motor etc they may need. https://envirospec.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2tiYvpGG6gIV7MuGCh1MtQT7EAAYASAAEgImOfD_BwE Rod & Beth
  3. Need help Allison iron horse

    What is it you need the info for? Rod & Beth
  4. Glad to know we could be of help. Enjoy your deck and pool! Rod & Beth
  5. Either way, I'm sure you will enjoy it. As a contractor myself, there are things that I just don't have time for in my own back yard and have had to hire someone to help. Using a pressure washer is not about the pressure. It is about the technique and method. We don't use High pressure on wood. The cleaners do the work and the pressure washer serves as the speed rinse tool to help facilitate faster and more effective cleaning. It is when one leaves out the cleaners that the pressure washer is left to it's intent to clean with. Pressure. It is not really clean either. It may remove most of the superficial dirt but there is remnants that remain or can regrow if not removed or properly addressed. Rod & Beth
  6. Doing it every year is ambitious. I know from dealing with my own deck but I wish you the best in making your new pool deck a wonderful place for your family to have fun. Rod & Beth
  7. Considering maintenance is the first topic in choice of not only the wood but a sealer either clear or with a stain/tint is important. Considering a budget and the likelihood that the pool will be in a sunny area, Pressure treated wood is the least expensive option. Look for it to need replacement in about 15 years or so. Sealing with either of the options is acceptable as long as you go forth with the understanding that when cleaning is performed, there is likely to be wash debris sprayed into that pool. The deck should be dry by the time you seal it correct but should be done within two weeks of installation. Also, the end cuts of the boards need to be sealed with an End Grain Sealer to help with longevity, and natural moisture loss which will happen in these situations. As far as oil vs acrylic or any hybrid formulation, I would stay away from acrylics which do not perform well when exposed to bleach and can lead to the wood turning black due to a chemical reaction with the formulation in the wood. Oil based products will weather better and be easier to maintain. Rod & Beth
  8. GPM & PSI

    The best advice I can give is to look into vinyl siding manufacturers on the subjects of: Installation, maintenance and recommended cleaners for the types of siding installed. Aside from vinyl, there is aluminum, composites such as Hardiplank and cementatious coatings such as E.I.F.S. (Exterior Insulatative Finish System) or brand names such as Dryvit and common other versions called Stucco. There is much to learn in regard to washing houses and learning about their construction including familiarization with IRC residential and local codes helps one to become a better cleaner and less of a creator of damage or liability. We only use low pressure from two options. One is an M-5 Jet which is for application of the cleaners. The other is a rinse tip and at times a shooter tip which is a 0° tip with a larger orifice to help throw water up high. Pressure never really exceeds 60-100 psi given the range from tip to surface. Rod & Beth
  9. GPM & PSI

    It is unfortunate that you have that allergy so in terms of what you are asking, there comes another aspect you need to be aware of. Pressure on siding forces water behind it. That is bad. The siding is a system of J channels that overlap and have no ability to keep water out when it is forced up under each clap board lap of siding. This is why we use chemicals to do the work and prefer soft washing in order to limit the liability created by pushing water behind the siding where it can get to the sheathing which is mostly particle board or plywood. Yes, there is a moisture barrier wrap installed but the one thing I have found is it is not consistent. Many contractors installing tyvek or whatever name brand house wrap before siding goes on actually skip the upper floors and gables and in some cases the whole house if the inspector is not due to be back before they can make up for lost time due to weather. Bleach is a part of the solution we use. There is a number of other ingredients involved to help clean. Just like doing dishes and laundry, there are cleaners for specific stains and clothing types. This plays into our field in that we largely only focus on removing mold, mildew and algae which are the common conditions house siding incurs. There is a detergent, a degreaser, a foaming agent and a rinse aid. Each plays a part in the cleaning process and most of all helps to ensure that not only is the siding clean, no bleach is left behind to be reactivated upon any subsequent moisture event. Now, in answering your question about GPM vs PSI, there is a rule of thumb. GPM helps to rinse and wash faster because you are using more water to do the job. PSI is used to address issues that require pressure to remove. In the instances of what you are planning to do, psi will play little in that role. But! Before you jump to higher gpm, you will have to ask one question: What are the supply capabilities of the residents flow? There are some out there that have flow restrictors which won't feed your machine the gpm it requires. The other option is to have a buffer tank that you can arrive with and fill while applying chems to get ahead of that. Some use trailer configurations (personally I hate them due to neighborhood road/parking conditions which don't allow much room to navigate. Others use a van with a weight capability to support the large load of a tank. A gallon of water weighs 8 pounds so multiply that times the tanks capacity and compare to the cargo capacity and let that guide you. I have two versions we use since we do commercial in addition to residential which is our primary focus. A sprinter van which has a 200 gal tank and a chevy 2500 which only has a 30gal tank. Each serves a purpose accordingly and both are 3500psi 4gpm+ units by Hydrotek. We also have a simple drag around unit which is a 4000psi, 4gpm unit to supplement when we need additional guns on the task. The correct soaps and in many cases bleach will be required to address the many conditions you will encounter. To avoid the issues of allergic reactions, not only for yourself but any employees as well: PPE (Personal Protection Equipment). Rain gear, gloves (Determine which you have no allergies to. We use Nitrile) and rubber boots to keep your feet dry. The other item which will help as well is a face shield. These are costly but less so in the long run considering the medical outlays or time lost. Let me know if you have any questions. Rod & Beth
  10. The product he is using is Oxalic acid and is common for cleaning before application of a stain. It does not have stripping capabilities and should not be a problem as long as the contractor attends anything that gets on it to avoid any whitish remnants on the surface. Oxalic acid is white when it dries. The 'Deck Wash' product is bleach which is the part that needs the Revive to neutralize after the wash is complete. This product may discolor the stain on the neighbors side. Either way, the contractor will need access to the neighbors side to attend it properly after washing AND staining to ensure there are no issues. Unless the stain product is designed to be applied on wet wood, not allowing the wood to properly dry is not the way to do it. Find another contractor. Rod & Beth
  11. COVID-19 Pandemic

    Make a good year of it! Rod & Beth
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. COVID-19 Pandemic

    Been on pause since late march. Rod & Beth
  15. Ok, Does any of it seem kinda powdery or chalky? Asking because you may need to wash it again and recoat. If not, just recoat. Rod
  16. From what I can gather, the product is a solid (according to the product named). Once dry, recoat where affected. If the product has peeled or cracked, you may have problems later on during its installation. Trying to strip a newly applied product is very difficult compared to one that has aged. Can you post pictures of the results after the rain? Rod
  17. Cleaning my jobsite during COVID 19 crisis

    The majority of us work in the out doors so distancing is easy. I'd like to hear what the hood cleaners are doing since they are close together when working on them indoors. Wearing gloves and washing hands helps cut down the spread. When people sneeze or cough, the area should be sprayed with a disinfectant and the surfaces addresses as you already have been doing. The virus is transmitted through air, can last on surfaces and is contained in the droplets of a persons respiration. Have people take their temperatures at least once a day. Twice if possible. Look for spikes and isolate that person or send them home. Rod
  18. It happens. Injectors are funny that way. Have a great season! Rod & Beth
  19. Great. My source Tracy Handl from North American Pressure Wash Store was asking the same questions and the result would have been your action. Get a new one.
  20. I'll see if I can get a tech in the thread to help. Rod
  21. How about the chem line going to the injector? Is there an adjuster valvle/knob on the machine (some units have them)? If you rule out everything, what remains must be the problem. I gave up on downstream injectors decades ago because of this. Not saying you should as there are good uses for it. Rod
  22. Can I assume you have taken the unit apart and cleaned out the ports? Ball should seat first, spring on top then the adjuster cap. If that doesn't help, buy a new one. https://www.pressurewashoutlet.com/collections/chemical-injectors Tell Tracy I sent ya~ Rod
  23. You may need a rebuild kit. They are cheap but if you can, change from metal to ceramic. Also, is the spring still in it? Rod
  24. Small Cedar Fence

    Given that the majority here service fences already installed, there is little to consider beyond washing and sealing. Much comes into account when pricing fence cleaning/sealing. There is neighbors, landscaping, hills, trees, bushes etc. that have to be contended when performing the services and therefor take longer and require more logistically to complete. Many don't want to have to deal with their neighbors who will likely be affected to some degree by the service spray into their yards etc. There is much to consider in the estimate and that is where it becomes hard to sell. Rod & Beth
  25. Pressure Washing Guys

    For us, it was a full time business decision and has been very successful. Started out just washing decks and houses but it evolved into many other items such as driveways, walkways, pool aprons and more. Began with just myself and hired temp labor as needed for the first year and by the second year began hiring more full time employees albeit it seasonal in our region. Beth bought 3 power washers units and we kept one for the business and sold the other 2 to pay for the first. (That didn't work) We ended up taking those back and they became back ups. What we did that was the most important was to become members of PWNA (Pressure Washers of North America) and took some courses in various aspects of pressure washing to get up to speed from people who have been doing this for years. Bought a surface cleaner (still in our arsenal today) and other various implements of destruction and plowed into building a client base that now is paying for itself by just email reminders and post cards on a regular annual or every 2 year basis as their project would require. Now, we have 1 truck with a 1 gun hot water unit and 2 Sprinter vans (1 equipped with a dual gun hot water pressure washer, the other is a multi purpose vehicle) and various equipment to handle most anything our customers need to have service for. Pricing is crucial and keeping track of your costs will help you to price accordingly and keep it profitable. One person can start out on a part time basis using the contacts you already have at your disposal and build from there either word of mouth or some advertising. There is a great deal of competition in this business but there are enough homes in this to go around. Learn not only how to operate the unit but about cleaners specifically and what each is capable of or not suitable for. That is important. Rod & Beth