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tidyjet

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About tidyjet

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  • Birthday 04/14/1956

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  • Company Name
    Tidyjet Powerwash
  • First & Last Name
    Paul Gainsback
  • City & State
    Winchester, VA
  • Occupation
    entrprenur looking to start a residential/commercial cleaning business
  1. Hydrotek Machine and Accys

    I apologize for the quality of the pics folks. I broke my camera and having to rely on my cellular for the time being.
  2. Hydrotek SS30005VH 3000psi/5gpm/12V 153 hrs TT Excellent Cond $2500 250 gal tank w/float vlv $100 20" Prowash Surface Cleaner Excellent Condition $50 Hi & Low Pressure Hose Reels with 200' & 100' hose respectively (make offer) Excellent condition. 150' of Hoses and various wands triggers and connectors. Excellent Cond. Make offer. Will consider trade of Hydrotek unit for enclosed 7x12 trailer. Call Paul @ 540-514-2184 gainsback@yahoo.com Thanks for looking
  3. Chevy C30 Pickup

    1984 Chevy Dually. 138k org miles. 454/400. Auto. Standard Cab. Reman engine has about 5-6k mi. Tranny about 20k. AC works good. Some surface rust but no perforation. $2000
  4. 5gal plastic totes

    5 gal plastic totes like new -- $3.00 ea. I have 30 mostly rectangular with the sealable air vent making pouring or affixing suction a cinch.
  5. Cemetery Work

    Dan, I'm within an hour and I'm interested. Thanks. Paul
  6. The X-Jet debate

    BTW, I've never cleaned new brick before.
  7. The X-Jet debate

    What chems are you using on NEW brick? I'm working on a quote on a new one-story commercial build-out. It's mostly brick, has lots of hardiplank and wood trim as well. Lot's of mortar and red clay staining, mostly on the brick work. 2 -buildings. ea at 6500 sf of surface. Customer also wants concrete retaining wall cleaned of red clay stains - a block looking affair/textured concrete at over 5000 sf. I did a test run on it. My production rate was 120sf/10 mins with a turbo nozzle/cold water. My machine is rated at 4.8gpm/3000 psi. But man! That red clay is a ***** even when I tried HOT water. I've not done a test run on the brick yet. I'm figuring 0.11 is a good flat rate for the whole project but I'm concerned about the mortar stains/red clay creating major (slowing) variables on my production rate in some places. This job could begat many more with this developer who's been relying on beat up old cold water machines and their day labor for less than stellar results from what I can see on their other projects.
  8. Cobwebs

    I'm in the midst of a convenience store/gas station bid/quote. It has some exceedingly great cobweb collections under eaves and above the gas pumps, trapping tons of dirt and insects. I've found silk to be tenacious and difficult to remove in the past no matter how much pressure utilized. In this case, there's more cobwebs than anything, so I expect it'll be a tough job to get cleaned. What's an effective chem that'll break the stickyness so these cobwebs will wash away? Gemplers has cobweb eliminator www.gemplers.com (search: cobwebs) It's fairly pricey at $30.00 a gal.
  9. Bidding wall washing

    What about the cost of one's equipment? I like to pay my machine/equipment at least what I'm paying myself which covers the cost of acquistion and upkeep.
  10. Wesley's idea of a police escort whilst serving a bill to DB is brilliant. I filed against someone last week. Deck/strip job. Also did significant amount of surface cleaning (boadwalks and around pool). Anyways, customer claimed she didn't like the way the deck looked so she wasn't paying. I've offered to redo - to her satisfaction. She refused (interesting). We even negotiated a lower price that she could live with and leave it be. But then she changed her mind. Not happy with it so in her mind she's under no obligation. Mind you, there was all the surface cleaning she's happy with. So, now I'm letting a judge decide. This is a major PITA; assuming I get a judgement in hand, I still have to collect. I'm expecting to have to put a lien on her property. Anyways, more fun and games and a learning curve in the school of life. I gotta wonder. If our economy was based on 100% satisfaction (services or products), would it be able to function? Anyone can lie and say they wern't completely satisfied.
  11. Gas prices

    [quote name= I'm still not sure why we cannot build more refineries but hey I'm just a powerwasher' date=' what do I know. [/quote] I was wondering about that the other day - Wuz up w/that? You'd think that some saavy commercial building consortium would pick up on that - get some gov't subsidy or whatever and build out refineries and gas distribution lines. Like OK, there's a shortage of this stuff and duh, like maybe more could be built? Perhaps big market here! Sorry, "what do I know, I'm just a powerwasher".
  12. Gas prices

    Hey Full Blast! What brings you down this way? You're going right by my door.
  13. Thanks so much for the great replies - your experiences, admonitions, feedback and advice on my post are invaluable. I've noted all of them for future reference. It looks like the contractor is going to have some of his guys do it. I'm going to keep an eye on this one for the results. This is my first season and this project would have been one I would rather work my way up to.
  14. I can't tell what's on there now. They're going to be applying some sort of semi-transparent, what I'm not sure
  15. Dave, there was only one layer of paint. The customer did the sanding. He simply feathered out/in the bare spots and recoated everything with semi-transparent. Sure it would have looked better completely stripped but it was one of those as little labor/time/money as possible deals and live with it or having it look fantastic at any cost deal. Customer settled for former. He's expecting to repeat the process however in a few years as the paint that remained comes loose.
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