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    Larry Adams
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  1. I don't know if this helps but, what we found was that most of the Ansul companies didn't want to play around with hood cleaning So, We hooked up with them and they go do the Ansul and if the system needs to be cleaned, They leave one of our cards and the nice part is that they send us pictures. It's great for us! Especially getting information from someone who knows what a filter is. If we go to a customer and they're Ansul is coming due or is due, We leave one of their cards. We've even done the same with Landscapers and Pest Control. It makes for a nice little network.
  2. Boy, Those sure are nice vehicles. We decided to use utility trucks. At the end of this year we're bringing on a boom truck with a bucket. The Good Lord knows, I can't stand climbing ladders especially after I had one fold on me while I was climbing it. I like the trailer idea simply for the fact that if we're at a work site and need something, We can disconnect and go get it while the crew continues working. We have a unit similar to the one installed in the van however, We were asked by the city to shut it down by 11 p.m. ( That kind of put us in a bit of a pickle) so, We've contacted Steam Jenny and their setting us up with an all electric unit. We've taken a look at the AR Blue 630 Hot TSS and the thing I don't like about it is the fact that we have to connect it directly to the customers hot water heater however, we did order one for each of our trucks to keep as a backup incase of an emergency. Our trucks will be getting full wraps early this summer. The company doing it is just backed up because racing season is starting up here. For the price he charges, We're willing to wait. Rod, Sorry to hear about your foot. When we first started, I had a company deliver 55 gallons of chemical to us. We didn't have a dock and the driver said he lower it down to me. Honestly' I don't know what either one of us were thinking. He got it to the edge of the semi and I was in the back of the truck. He started to lower it and the barrel slipped. It landed right on my foot breaking everything in it. Actually had to go have surgery. LoL!! I honestly wasn't expecting it to be so heavy but 55 gallons x roughly 8lbs to the gallon. I should have thought that one out better. I had to have the crew come get it because it went through the tailgate like a hot knife in butter. I hope your feeling better!!
  3. Well, So here's the follow up on Yardbook.... I was given the green light to go ahead and give it a try. Sure, It's geared for the landscaper but, Is there really any that's geared specifically for Hood Cleaners without having to spend a fortune? We ran it along side our other software before moving completely over. It keeps track of our customers and schedules plus, we can set our customers to every 3 months or whatever we want. It keeps track of employees and will calculate routing. There's just tons more than we ever thought. We're still discovering new features and Yardbook just adds more. We're Happy with it and will continue to use it. I like the fact that I can easily see who's due next month and start working on that schedule ahead of time. I just print out the calendar and make the calls. Our customers like us calling a couple three weeks ahead to setup the next schedule. Don't know how else to say AWESOME!!
  4. We do our local school district. Make sure you bid each school by itself. They want one for each school here. , get your w-9, Insurance , Vendor application, and all your other paperwork (certs.etc.) We had to give them a resume. )) together and head to the maintenance yard. You have to speak directly to the director of maintenance. If you go into the schools, get picture of everything and place them in each schools bid. The guy in the office really doesn't know what the systems look like and kitchen staff rarely says anything. The more you present him with, the better your chance of getting in is. If their over due, You'll also need to be ready to explain the urgency of getting it taken care of. The one thing I do have to say is know what you're talking about before you get there. Present the fact only. These people work tightly with the fire marshal and they do check on you.When they called us down to talk about the systems, The Fire Marshal was sitting right next to me drinking his Starbucks... But, Once you're in, It's an act of God to get you out....
  5. Here's something you might find interesting. We have a company that came in and under bid us by a lot for a Burger King Chain. They have The Grease Busters logo on their stickers and they call themselves The Grease Busters. They're out of Antioch, Ca. but, I can't find anything on them anywhere. Next time I go there to grab a burger, I'll get you their number. 

    I personally don't mind that they took the account because that's a customer that doesn't like to pay his bills. He's always in Isreal. I just thought you guys might want to know.... 

    I hate Logo thieves!!!

    Larry

  6. equippers.com We have them send us their monthly sales ad and since we no longer sell parts and pieces, we turn our customers to them. Their filters are stainless steel and cost roughly 19.95 each. The customer measures them then places the order. Equippers sends them via UPS . All of our customers seem pretty happy about it as well. If you order in quantity, they offer a lower rate but, You have to ask for that.
  7. Holy Smokes! Been working all day on an estimate to clean the hoods for 24 schools.... Whew!! Glad I'm finally finished...

     

  8. For the first time, I cleaned a house, ( Mine) I honestly don't know how you guys do it and I take my hat off to you but, watch out for the glare LoL! ( I'm bald as a babies rump) I had the same problem... We had black streaks from the gutters. After washing down the roof, The gutters just killed everything, The roof looked new again and I was happy about that but my gutters looked horrible. I went out to my service vehicle and grabbed my bottle of Super Clean and mixed it with water. ( about 1/2 gallon to 4 1/2 gallons of water). I foamed it with my foamer because I'm to lazy to use a squirt bottle. I treated the entire gutter and started from the other end. ( the side I foamed 1st.) Worked like a charm for me. Now my mix is a little different than I said above. When I buy say 5 gallons. I put 2 1/2 gallons into another container and top it with water. Now I have 10 gallons. Then from that bottle I pour 1/2 gallon to the 4 1/2 gallons of water. I was able to go around the house and still had enough to go around again. Cleaning homes is not what I think I'd want to do. From now on, I'll hire someone else. I'll stick to those Yummy Hoods!
  9. I consider myself successful because I've got a wife and kids that love me. I keep the bills paid, a roof over our heads and food on the table. My kids are polite and bring home excellent grades. Their pants don't sag and they care about others. For those alone I'm successful. If I were rich and didn't have a dime, Success would be nothing.
  10. I just had one of our employees tell me about a program called YardBook. I took a quick look at it and it does exactly what all the software I mentioned above does. It's completely free. Sure it's geared for the landscaper but, It does look kind of nice. I think I'm going to try it out to see how it goes. I did notice that it also has an app at the Android Playstore that you can use along side of it. So, In a way, Someone could be in the office and setup everything, It goes to the phone. It's really neat in the way they just work together. I thought I'd mention those because out here in the real world, unless you want to spend more money for stuff you really don't need or want, You can't get what you need. Honestly I didn't even realize that it was geared toward landscaping until I saw the name. The draw back was I had to setup the account with them just to see what it was about. Honestly, I kept thinking " Oh My God!! Here's another computer that's going to be toast. I even pulled out a hard drive and put it on my desk to get ready. I got out my Linux C.D.'s ( I use Zorin on 4, and Mint on the other 1 a hobby of mine is to get old machines, clean them out, Reprogram them and give them to kids at my daughters school) Anyway, I signed up and it's pretty nice. Basic but Nice. I liked the fact it had a built in CRM, It kept track of the jobs, It has a calendar that can be used for scheduling, It saves estimates, There's an estimate section and produces invoices. It keeps track of our equipment ( Maintenance is in there), It has an expense column, A mileage log, it keeps track of payments and it'll tell you if someone is late paying. There's a dispatch section, It can do auto invoice, and keeps track of notes on customers. It has a Profit and Loss section BUT, My most favorite is The Time Clock. ( from my understanding we can clock in or out from our Android and since we take everyone, We don't clock you in until we get to the site but, Tell me what other company is going to come get you, take you to work, Feed you and then take you home.) I'm sorry, I got carried away but, that's what I do when I see something I like. Maybe this will help people who are looking for something that get them up and running as for me, I have to wait for My Boss ( The Wife) to actually sit down and take a look at it. If she gives me the go ahead then, We'll do a full swap.. Here's a link to their site... I hope it okay... Just trying to help out. https://www.yardbook.com/
  11. APBHoodCleaning@gmail.com HTTP://APBHoodCleaning.weebly.com
  12. Okay, So I'm coming back here. I just wanted to share. We use a program called Reflect Customer Database, It's free and we use Express Invoice, also free and by the same company. ( NCH software) We've been using it for almost 2 years and so far no glitches. We use it on our windows machine but, We also use it on our Linux Mint machines as well. We use Google calendar for our scheduling and the benefit there is, It's pairs with my phone so when an appointment is made, I know about it immediately and if I'm out in the field and make an appointment, The office knows about it. The three together work really good. It does take time to figure out though. Other things we use to our benefit is Weebly.com for our website. It's free and easy to edit as long as you keep .weebly in your name. I.E. APBHoodCleaning.weebly.com We use things like the free version of Yelp and we made a facebook page. We also set up a YouTube Channel. ( My 13 year old daughter runs that. She is disabled and in my opinion does a great job.) We didn't want to pay our bank $35.00 a month to process credit cards so, We now use PayPal PayHere. We contacted them and got extra readers sent to us. Sure they charge 2.5 % to process credit cards but, we charge that to our customers. We no longer accept checks. It's either Cash or Credit. We have a cash or credit price. If a customer says that they can't afford to have their hoods cleaned, No Problem!! They can apply for credit through PayPal. They pay us and make payments to PayPal and if paid off within 6 months there's no interest. Plus, They enjoy buyers protection. If we don't do the job correctly, PayPal has their resolution center that contacts who they bought their product or service from and will set it up to correct the issue. If for some reason the contractor doesn't fix the issue, The money is returned to the person making the purchase. We've never had to use the resolution center. Also, We're notified if payment went through when we email their receipt to them. ( Usually within a minute of swiping the card) I hope this helps others out there and if they need or want help, They can send me a message.
  13. Well, The other day, My wife was driving the truck that we use for marketing. A 1991 Ford Ranger. She was taking my daughter to school and a guy blew through a stop sign a hit the little truck. My wife and daughter were shaken a bit but, they were okay. The little pickup didn't fare so well as after looking at it more closely it was totaled.The frame on the drivers side front is toast. The little pickup is now parked and I'm considering trying to restore it and make it mt daughters 1st vehicle. The other driver got out of his car and approached my wife and from what I was told by witnesses at the scene, He wanted her to get out so he could hit her. My wife immediately called 9-1-1 and locked the door. The police told her to stay in the vehicle, They were on their way. The other driver got back in his car and fled the scene. Felony Hit and Run. My daughter came down and got me and we ran back to the scene. ( about 100 yards from my house) When we got there, my wife was upset and crying. She kept saying she was sorry. She said that we were going to lose everything because I couldn't work without a vehicle. Little did she know that I was on a website that auctions off vehicles and I had found a couple right here in my hometown. I was bidding on a 1989 and 1994 Chevy Utility trucks. That morning I checked the bid and I won not one but both trucks. So, Yeah, We lost " Baby Huey" but we gained 2 trucks that will serve a better purpose. Did I forget to mention that the guy who hit the little pickup lost his lic. plate. Yep, As he hit he went all the way down the pickup and his front lic. plate got hung up on the rear bumper of my pickup. I turned it in to the police and DMV. Looks like it might be a brighter day than I thought. For our work vehicle, I had a 1991 Ford E-250. For me it was to big. I bought it for $2000 off of Craigslist and Boy, I over paid for that. It had more problems than I wanted to deal with. We only took it to jobs that were close by. I liked the fact that I could closeup and lock everything at the end of the night but, I just hated jumping in and out I'm 46 and sometimes I feel like I'm 90. Well, there was a guy down the road who pressure washes and paints homes. About a month ago, His vehicle was stolen and still not recovered. He's been in a panik wondering how he's going to feed his family and pay the bills. I figured one good turn deserves another so, I told him that I would sell him my van for what the guy in the junk yard would give me. We drove it out to the junk yard and the guy there said he'd give me $1000. I looked at my neighbor and said " Let's go outside for a minute." I told him that I'd make him yet a better deal. I needed my house washed and I need our office painted. Both, Are things he does. I told him I'd take $500 for the van and The rest we could trade services for, I'll even supply the paint. He just need to supply the labor. He agreed. This weekend, He's coming to wash the House and the first part of this next summer, He going to come paint our little office. I think I'll even let him use our pressure washer and provide the fuel for it. Back to my initial Question..... What do you use as your work vehicle? Ill see if I can post pictures....
  14. Well, The other day, My wife was driving the truck that we use for marketing. A 1991 Ford Ranger. She was taking my daughter to school and a guy blew through a stop sign a hit the little truck. My wife and daughter were shaken a bit but, they were okay. The little pickup didn't fare so well as after looking at it more closely it was totaled.The frame on the drivers side front is toast. The little pickup is now parked and I'm considering trying to restore it and make it mt daughters 1st vehicle. The other driver got out of his car and approached my wife and from what I was told by witnesses at the scene, He wanted her to get out so he could hit her. My wife immediately called 9-1-1 and locked the door. The police told her to stay in the vehicle, They were on their way. The other driver got back in his car and fled the scene. Felony Hit and Run. My daughter came down and got me and we ran back to the scene. ( about 100 yards from my house) When we got there, my wife was upset and crying. She kept saying she was sorry. She said that we were going to lose everything because I couldn't work without a vehicle. Little did she know that I was on a website that auctions off vehicles and I had found a couple right here in my hometown. I was bidding on a 1989 and 1994 Chevy Utility trucks. That morning I checked the bid and I won not one but both trucks. So, Yeah, We lost " Baby Huey" but we gained 2 trucks that will serve a better purpose. Did I forget to mention that the guy who hit the little pickup lost his lic. plate. Yep, As he hit he went all the way down the pickup and his front lic. plate got hung up on the rear bumper of my pickup. I turned it in to the police and DMV. Looks like it might be a brighter day than I thought. For our work vehicle, I had a 1991 Ford E-250. For me it was to big. I bought it for $2000 off of Craigslist and Boy, I over paid for that. It had more problems than I wanted to deal with. We only took it to jobs that were close by. I liked the fact that I could closeup and lock everything at the end of the night but, I just hated jumping in and out I'm 46 and sometimes I feel like I'm 90. Well, there was a guy down the road who pressure washes and paints homes. About a month ago, His vehicle was stolen and still not recovered. He's been in a panik wondering how he's going to feed his family and pay the bills. I figured one good turn deserves another so, I told him that I would sell him my van for what the guy in the junk yard would give me. We drove it out to the junk yard and the guy there said he'd give me $1000. I looked at my neighbor and said " Let's go outside for a minute." I told him that I'd make him yet a better deal. I needed my house washed and I need our office painted. Both, Are things he does. I told him I'd take $500 for the van and The rest we could trade services for, I'll even supply the paint. He just need to supply the labor. He agreed. This weekend, He's coming to wash the House and the first part of this next summer, He going to come paint our little office. I think I'll even let him use our pressure washer and provide the fuel for it. Back to my initial Question..... What do you use as your work vehicle? Ill see if I can post pictures....
  15. We FINALLY resolved the issue. We got them to pay up then we told them to find another company. It's kind of funny because they brought in their own people and just a few months later they called because they had a fire close their store. The " New" hood cleaner was apparently just wiping out the hood. He would be in and out in less than an hour. I told them that they get what they pay for and to continue looking because we were no longer servicing them. I hate to be this way but, It looks like Karma bit them and hard. Because of the issues that we had with them, We no longer take checks. They bounced the check they sent. I would agree that they were having money problems. Everything we do now is either Cash or Credit and we collect before we enter the facility. It just has to be that way....