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Discussion in 'Traditional Window Cleaning' started by tench0771, Sep 7, 2014.
these look good
My channels are already cut at 90° angle and dogeared my own way
I so wish I could pole as good as in the third video
I can pole well with my 0° swiveloc but you need to get a bit higher up as can't do it from that angle...good above connys though when you are halfway up the ladder
Thats my least favourite job.....poling windows above a conny on a ladder......one of the reasons I am looking for a good backpack
My wagtail is set up in a similar way; I've cut off a bit of the handle where the screw goes through and, because it creates a space, have put in a tap washer. I get a very smooth action, and as Herman says, you have to apply full pressure, but it does work great. I dog-ear my channels in the ordinary way (cut and bend). I use my wagtail the same as the video. I always blade straight down an edge, with the end of the channel slightly leading, this cause the water to run into the window. I understand the slanting of the channel, but that means you have to slant the channel the opposite way to me, which will cause the water to run outwards onto the frame, which then means you then have to wipe round, which I do not do.
I must admit that I had not really had a good look at these modifications, but having just seen this vid I'm going to give it a try.
I got out an old, but decent, brass channel that has been dog-eared in the 'cut and bend' way, and have cut it off at an angle like the one in the vid. It left a sharp point after cutting, so I filed that off. I found it awkward cutting the rubbers for it, but I must say, it works well. So I'm going to give it a proper test next week as a squeegee, and if that's OK, I'll fix it up on my Wagtail and see how that goes.
I just need to explain my set-up before I go on. My main blades is a Wagtail with a Pulex aluminium channel, dog-eared in the cut and bend way, with an Unger hard blade. I have a 2nd main which is an aluminium handle and channel the same size as the Wagtail, with an Unger soft blade.
So I used my brass channel with the slant cut as my 2nd main on Monday, and it was brilliant. I was so pleased with it that I used it all day, using the Wagtail as an applicator.
Tuesday I had put it into a Wagtail. Only used it for ten minutes, something was wrong. I think the angle of the Wagtail may have been wrong. So put it back to a squeegee.
Slant cut my 2nd main aluminium channel and used as a squeegee, with a pulex hard blade, and that didn't work.
Today went back to brass channel.
I think anyone who is window cleaning in the traditional way, that is squeegee and applicator, should take a look at these slant cut channels, they are very effective, and if you wring out the applicator well and put a few drops of neat washing-up liquid on it, you will be able to fan the glass without having to detail. The rubbers are a bit awkward to cut; I found the best way is to cut off straight first, then snip the slant off after you've put them into the channel.
I think weight might have something to do with it. In the vid he uses what looks like a stainless channel, which would be about the same weight as the brass. My aluminium channel is very light.
With regard to Wagtails, I get good edges with mine, the corners used to give me trouble, but now I've overcome that. This slant cut really only gives good, easy cornering, but I'll carry on with it. I like a challenge!!
The 45° angle on the ends and bending the corners down for the last 6-8mm means the rubber don't ride up the window rubber meaning a lot less detailing
To cut the rubber put it in the channel and cut like a straight squeegee then cut the angled bit off with sharp scissors..leaves the top edge with a little straight edge