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Dick Atkins

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    Atkins Deck Treatment Service Inc
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    Dick Atkins
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    Leola PA
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  1. The X-Jet debate

    We use the m5 and use a back pack sprayer modified to hold our cleaning solution. Never had a problem with spills or not priming only a short hose from the backpack sprayer to the tip.
  2. Blending new/old PT

    We use TWP Dark Oak on the new wood and a finish coat of California Redwood on the whole deck. Pretty good match.
  3. any advice on using safe restore

    We used Safe Restore on an Old Bank building that had a lot of CITY dirt and most all came off completely. Only had a couple of streaks that faded but were still visible. These only showed up after they dried off. The Marble trim looked great.
  4. Propylene Glycol?

    The manufactures of Cleaning Chems have spent more than a few bucks to test and refine their products to do the job as safely as possible. There a lot of chemical reactions that can get DEADLY if they are mixed. Ammonia and clorox right from the grocery store when mixed can kill you in minutes. Its best to let the Chemical mixing to the experts and sell more jobs to do instead of trying to reinvent the wheel. Just my $.02 worth. Only been in the power wash business for 18 years ,so I too am still learning.
  5. The conversion kit for the small pot will reduce the amount of media coming out of the pot. Soda is really small compared to sand or glass beads. Even with the conversion kit it will still be putting out more soda than you need to do the job. More soda out means more $$ to do the job. The big pot could get a suitable metering valve but it would still be putting out to much soda. If you want to soda blast then get a pot designed for soda, adjust pot pressure and line pressure for fine tuning soda flow. A good soda pot with hose and control valves and a wet head is around $6600 in addition to the pot you will also need a cooler/dryer package $$not sure. These units will make the job go much better and more profitable. Keep the sand pot for using other media, corn, sand, crushed glass, etc. I do a good bit of corn blasting and tryed using soda through it with the metering valve almost closed and it did a good job but used about 3-4 times the soda I should have and lots of soda dust, dead plants.
  6. Yo Quiero Taco Bell - any suggestions here?

    Before you can bid any work you MUST know your costs. Then you must figure out what you need to make your desired level of personal income. Then if you want to make $100 or $10 per hour you must know your production rate for the procedure you are doing.This can be worked into a per sq.ft rate to charge the customer.I have been in the business for 17 yrs and with 8 men in the field, I still dont make $250K. I think a salesman trying to sell cleaning equipment may have told you that. If you can price your work so that each man who works for you can do $100-$125K worth of work per season you will make 20-25%. So with 2 men doing $250k you MAY make $50-60K . Beyond that you can do the math. Good luck with your new business.Concentrate on doing QUALITY work and dont worry about what the other guy charges-or he will pull you down to his level of poverty when you dont charge enough to make a living. This is a very good business, but--you must work hard at marketing .Print ads-print ads-print ads-anything that will fit on the refrigerator is a good ad-no tv or radio.They are gone in 30 sec or less. Good luck-WORK HARD