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Able Hands

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    Matthew Schnurbusch
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    Garner, NC
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    Handy Man business owner operator
  1. Hot Water

    Won't that cause a problem with the bypass valve on his cold water setup? Not to mention, he'll drain the water heater in pretty short order. Plus the nearest hot water hook up in the house is about 200' away from the pw location.
  2. I know it's been a good long time since I posted here, but I decided to focus more on the handyman aspect of the business. Hopefully y'all will still be willing to help me out. My brother has this idea that I am an "expert" in power washing. Thanks to the kindness of everyone here, and a lot of free practice jobs, I have the expertise to wash houses, and restore decks. However, I would not consider myself an expert in all things power washing. Pat, my brother, wants to replace his cold water machine with a hot water machine. He only uses it to wash his dirt bikes, and his vehicles (I do his house and deck). I've been telling him for eons that a hot water machine will make getting the caked on mud off from his dirt bikes a whole lot easier. So, he's finally decided to make the buy, and of course because I'm the "expert" he asked me what to buy. So, I am forwarding the question to the real experts. He's looking to spend about $2000. Any recommendations?
  3. Trying to keep the peace!

    Thanks for your opinions everyone. For all of those that say I should have done the work for free, or at least that you would have... If I only did a job or two for him once in a while I would definitely do it for free. And if I were to do them for free I would simply fit him in on a weekend, when I don't typically schedule anything else. The problem is, he wants the work done "right now", and has no real interest in helping. In just this year to give some perspective: Run compressed air and water lines between the two out-buildings. (Charged less than half of normal because I use them too.) Install door on back of large out building. (Minus $20/hr.) Replace all rotten fascia on house. (Minus $20/hr.) Replace 16' painted counter top with oak top, custom trim, and finish like glass. (Materials only because I wanted to make something extra nice for him.) Build 14' work bench in smaller out building. (Materials only, he was going to help and then didn't.) My point is, I do a lot of work for him, he always gets a good deal, I make a little money and normally we are both happy. This time he feels I over charged him. Maybe I did and I should drop $150 off the invoice. Matt
  4. Trying to keep the peace!

    Sort of. My brother runs a HVAC company. He allows me to store all of my large stationary tools in the 4000sf building and use it as a wood shop. There is no expectation, from him, for me to do the work for free (or just materials). I do a lot of work for him and I try my best to make sure my prices are lower than normal or at the very least fair. The understanding has always been, "charge what you need to." He thinks the power washing was too high, I think, because he had a painter wash both of the out-buildings a couple of years ago for $200 (not including the house). Again, I'm just trying to make sure that I'm not putting the screws to him. If I am even in the neighborhood of normal pricing then I need to drop it some. However I also can't afford to do this stuff for free. Matt
  5. Trying to keep the peace!

    Two questions: Did you take my geographic pricing into account? Would you have been in the 900 range for a family member? Matt
  6. I don't normally resort to asking others about pricing but in this instance I feel I have to. I recently power washed my brothers house, and two detached buildings. House: 3000sf soffit ,fascia, and 22 windows only (it's all brick) Building #1: 4000sf all vinyl, only one window. Building #2: Approximately 800sf two story, all vinyl. If I were to wash a standard ranch home, call it around 1500sf, I would charge between 150-200, depending on all of the variables. Given that (very basic) pricing what should I have charged to wash the three buildings. I charged $500, and thought it was more than fair. If this was for a regular customer it would have been higher. What do you guys think. My brother thinks it was too much. The problem is that I need to do a maintenance coat on his deck soon, and I don't want to screw myself or more importantly him. Matt
  7. Thanks Beth, I'll give it a try. Matt
  8. What kind of degreaser? Simple green? weak hd80?
  9. I got wood tux on my windshield (and the rest of my truck). Can't see any thing when the sun hits it. How do I get it off?
  10. New Concrete Cleanup

    Thanks for all of the responses. After sleeping on it, I have decided to pass on the job. I don't have enough experience in flat work. All of the comments regarding damage to new concrete just solidified my thoughts. Matt
  11. New Concrete Cleanup

    I just got back from looking at a new Chick-Fil-A. They are asking to have ALL of the new concrete cleaned. Drive-Thru, side walks, patio, and curbing. All said and done it's around 10k sq. ft. I read through a bunch of previous posts before I went to look at the job so I at least seemed to have some knowledge. The concrete, I was told, is 3-4 weeks old. Looks like the water will run-off to surrounding drains without a problem. The superintendent is supposed to run a sweeper over everything before I start to get the big stuff up. Let me start with saying I have ZERO experience with commercial PW let alone post construction cleanup. Naturally I have some questions. Is curbing priced the same as flatwork? There is almost 1600 linear feet of curb. In the drive-thru lane there are a lot of tire marks on the curbs. What is the best technique to remove them without causing damage? From what I read in earlier posts I don’t think I should be using my surface cleaner… Is that the case? If that is the case how can you make any money doing new construction? If I have to wand 4500 sq. ft. of lane it’ll be a career move not a job. If I’m not asking a question I should be please fill me in. I have to turn in the bid by tomorrow morning, and they want the job done by Monday. I have a 4GPM 3700PSI cold water machine. I know hot water is best, but I can’t swing that. Connected to it will be a 16” surface cleaner that I have used several time in the past with great success. Probably need to lower the pressure via the nozzles for this job, but that isn’t a problem.
  12. That looks great. I love the tree coming up through the deck. Matt
  13. Fortunately the entire deck does not need to be sanded. But there are a couple of large areas, and many small areas. The deck is 650sf with almost 390 pickets. I am going to have to re-wash the deck to get the areas that were missed, let it dry, de-fur the areas that were beat on, and then seal it with wood tux. My brother wants to help me to save some money, and I'm going to let him so he can see what really goes into the process and come to a better understanding of why it costs so much to do the job right. Any opinions on which Osbourne brush to buy, nad how long it will last? Matt
  14. Does anyone know what the difference is between: Makita 9227CY & 9227CX3 Is one better than the other? I know that's a subjective question... But given that they seem similar by part number, I'm looking for opinions. What is the life expectancy of an Osbourne? Best one to buy? Where to buy? Matt PS. My brother paid a painter to pressure destroy his deck inpreperation for sealing. No offense to the painters here, but this guy appears to have used a trillion PSI to clean the deck... Now I'm stuck with the clean up. Until now I've never needed a grinder/sander to take care of this kind of trouble. But, this deck is enormous, and I'm not gonna hit it with a palm sander. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  15. Ok folks... It's time for me to purchase an airless sprayer. Will the "Magnum by Graco Dx Airless Paint Sprayer Model 232735" from Home Depot, or "SprayTECH® DSP 1400 Airless Sprayer" from Lowes work for WTW and/or other stains? Currently I need it for a paint job, but I'd like to buy one that will perform well on deck work as well if possible. Unfortunately, I don't have a million dollars to spend on a sprayer so the $300.00 dollar neighborhood is tops. Please give me your opinions ASAP. I made a little boo-boo on a ceiling paint job today and need a sprayer immediately to make reparations. Matt
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