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About bforbis

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    TGS Platinum Member
  • Birthday 06/26/1961

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  • Company Name
    Customized Solutions
  • First & Last Name
    Brent Forbis
  • City & State
    Palm Harbor, FL
  • Occupation
    Decorative Concrete Overlays, Water features
  1. Good post on another bb/Plug for GRE.org

    GESH you guys....all those different bb's how do you find time to actually work??? LOL
  2. Simple Cherry vs Citracleen

    I have not used Citracleen, but heard favorable commnets about it here and there. I use the simple Cherry from bob at PT and it works great. I switched by XJing to DSing and really like it better.I don't like to carry the extra water aruond nor pay for shipping. If I carry the powder around and mix it at the job. I know I use a bit more chems that way, but I don't like to have to mix 55 gal kits, transfer the liquid to 5'ers and transport etc.Overall, I think DSing saves chems relative to XJing, I have used the SC on about any surface, stucco, vinyl, wood etc all with good results.
  3. This is not one of those jobs to "cut your teeth on" as stated before many have been there done that. If you have good carpentry skills, there is an opportunity to do some nice work on this, but charge accordlly. The wood work should be around $15 to 20 per sf (remove and replace wood). The rails and probally some of th floor.decking will need to be replaced. Then you add in stripping/removal of paint (MPITA) but can be done. Definitely looking at some major elbow grease, sanding and rework. Some of the stuff would be easier to remove and replace with new than to try to strip and clean. It can also be less expensive to all involved. Lot of good advice in above posts, far more experience than I have...approach carefully and have a rock solid contract if you move forward. Good luck
  4. Hey Dan...I am with Rick. There is NOTHING like working with and preserving old wood. You can smell the difference and feel the textures. Most people would have probally pull it off and replaced. My mom would work on a old piece fof furniture for many months and when it was completed....WOW! Great Job
  5. Railcap restoration

    Really nice work Neil!
  6. Cabot's S P F

    I put SPF on about 4 decks about 2 years ago and before I became "educated" better on stains. I returned to do maintenance cleanings on all but one and each looked great. each were total strip down jobs with all in poor condition prior to my cleaning. One deck had a Sikkens product on it that was really butcher'd up, caked on mess. I need to qualify though I am not an advocate for using acrylics because of what they are, how they work or not and "typical performance". There are some really good oil based products for best performance and quality....Do your research and learn how to apply and maintain that (those) products.
  7. New 3500/5.5 from PressureTek

    Neil, Look at it like this...if you haven;t already. The cleaning power of an 8 gpm machine is far superior to the 5.5. (I do not have the 8 gpm, but understand the cleaning units provided). By cleaning better,faster etc you could save time and money with the 8 gpm. If the supply is 6 gpm and you are using 8 gpm, there is only a 2 gpm difference. For a 1 hour job you need 60 minutes X 2 gpm or 120 gal tank buffer plus a little extra. You don't want to have to carry a lot of water around with you if you can help it b/c of gas and wear/tear to axles etc. But you can plan on equipment needs based on some simple calculations. Hope the example helps....Good luck
  8. Tile work

    I have done it quite a bit, especially in the restaurants on my route. There are many techniques to do and work with certain tiles and types of installs. I have learned a few things that would separate me from an ordinary tile installer, and I would charge accordingly. On the other hand, I do have the skills to go do someones house from scratch.. most of what I have done have been minor to major repairs inside commercial accounts
  9. Damaged concrete

    Yeah Jim, Cleaning and dry time is a given. then to add on top of that additional time for epoxy to set/cure of 10 hr or so. Just the logistics of working around restaurants can be a MPITA, everybody that walks by wants to leave their signature behind
  10. Which HVLP

    Ken, Thank you for the input. I felt like I was pushing too much with the paint as I was used to in the airless, but started there out of ignorance to see how it would perform.
  11. Finally stepped in it....

    Rick, great info on the IPE....Thanks Still researching if I can get it locally. Brent
  12. New toy for me!

    Where do you hook it to water?? LOL ENJOY!
  13. Kieth, That was my take on it, depending on exactly what chem they are using and a lot of other factors. I would think with a little research from a few bug companies on what they use you can determine if there is any chance of an issue. Based on that information it would not be difficult to put the verbage together to support your "sales pitch" and be an informed PW'r. If you need help decifering the chemical verbage, I'll be glad to help as best I can. SOme compounds in chemistry are just way too deep, but I am sure you can have a solution. Most treatment chems have a finite half life in the ground or where applied and varies accordingly. So, I suspect your intuition is correct.....Just need to back it up with a few facts and research. Another great way to find info is collect the MSDS sheets for various chemicals used in the industry in your area, more than likely there are not that many that are too different. It should have the manufacturer on the MSDS and contact information for that company. They love justifing having those hotlines and could provide a wealth of information eiterh verbally or in brochures and other written literature.
  14. Kieth, I did a qucik search on termote control chem and looked into several different chem MSDS for these. They mostly indicate incompatibility with strong acids, bases and oxidizing agents, with hazardous decomposition when in conctact with HCL, hydrogen fluoride, NoX, SoX and carbon oxides. Disclaimer: I am usign a rusty chemical background to review and compare chemicals that may or may not be used in your specific instance. Sodium Hypochlorite (bleach) is an oxidizer and it decomposes the chemcial bonds in particular chemical part of the structure in the phenol grouping with the termite chem. Whether or not it actualy voids any warranty etc is based on the stability of the termite chem with a particular concentration of SH. If you could even find out who the people use for termite control, they could provide you with information as to warranty claims etc. Good luck.. hope this helped
  15. Finally stepped in it....

    OFF Topic a bit, We went to Costa Rica on a surf trip a couple of years ago and found our way through Teak farms all over the place and within view of some of the most beautiful beaches you could imagine..... SE VENDE $500 per acre!!!!!!