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  2. Trent Valley Cleaning

    Solar panel cleaning - risk of shock?

    Hi Guys I’ve found this thread an interesting one. I’ve installed solar panels (Domestic/Commercial) I have them on my property and I’m now a window cleaner. A couple of points Solar panels are connected in such a way that the voltages that you are dealing with will kill! 400V DC - 1000V DC However they should NEVER be installed in such a way that you would get a shock cleaning them. Solar panels, connectors and inverters are designed to be installed to withstand weather, human contact etc and to be safe. I personally wouldn’t pay to have my panels cleaned! I earn £300ish a year (Late to the FiT) + the savings. £60 for a clean eats in to benefits. Dust and normal dirt has little impact on the output of the panels and a heavy shower will sort this. However I’ve seen panels installed under TV aerials for example and one of the panels is covered in bird ****. This will have huge impact on output and would be worth cleaning. (Solar panel strings are only as good as their weakest panel)
  3. Pjj

    is it worth a try?

    There you go , it’s all experience and will give you confidence when quoting in the future , well done
  4. Pjj

    Ubik on fake wood panels

    Looks like it’s the latest cement cladding board , we use Virosol but ubick is similar and at 20-1 will be fine , if it’s green algy and you are used to using hypo I would give it a treatment with that as it will kill the spores ubick won’t
  5. Incheck

    Diary, spread sheet, app?

    That makes two of us pal
  6. Spread sheets for us no fees to pay nothing to go wrong or need support , I don’t like the idea of my business being reliant on a software app that might have an issue thus affecting my customer data base , there have been several apps that have had issues , nothing can go wrong with a piece of paper ,been operating this way for 20 years without any problems , but Ime a dinosaur when it comes to modern technology 😂😂😂
  7. Incheck

    Career change. Is it to late

    Met an old school windy yesterday. 66 and been at it since 1976. Used to be trad only but works off backpacks now. he plans to be at it til he’s 70 he said. Was a pleasure to meet him. A guy in scotland didnt quit his mens rugby team til he was gone 80, he fought in ww2, he is still about, hadnt played for ten years but just to see what he was still made of, he played the whole 40 minutes of the first half of a match in 2018 at the age of 97? Ish. and scored a try too, this is against blokes of much younger ages. there is a 95 year old “paper boy” in the west country. window cleaners, plasterers, roofers and all sorts of trades have been known to go on past 80. if your body allows it, why not. Its often the “get up & go” attitude that keeps people living so long. My great uncle is 82 and still works 9-1 5 days a week as an accountant at a builders merchants. They have offered him retirement many times and give him plenty of understanding due to his age, but he has no intention of quitting. Age affects people in different ways, its luck and genes usually. Some people seriously struggle in their 60’s, others just go on forever. There is a guy round here who is gone 80 and still clears gutters the only reason i know this is because he knocked a custys door (after the custy had booked in with us) offering to clear them out, the custy said sorry mate ive already got someone booked (and said to us that he felt a bit uneasy about letting someone of that age go up the ladder)
  8. Does anyone charge their trolley or backpack in the van rather than taking indoors every night? Would you just connect it to a leisure battery? I think the battery is too small to connect it to a split charge relay on its own?
  9. Nope but i keep dropping flyers in roads where there is a resident windy and it's really winding me up. No wonder i'm getting so little custom - everywhere i go one of the neighbours is a windy. Same thing today... Last customer i went to there were two or three windy vans there. I know one lives there, can't explain the other two (or how i got the job lol).
  10. Pjj

    How do you work your clamps?

    We always close the clamp fully on all poles I wouldn’t have thought about having them partly open to be honest .
  11. Incheck

    Diary, spread sheet, app?

    Old school Diary for me, i have a big fear of technical glitches 😬 and phone batteries dying
  12. Sounds like its paint that has splashed on the glass and then dried , unless it’s a builders clean I wouldn’t worry about it
  13. I wouldn't expect white spots on the glass after cleaning a UPVC frame. Have you any idea what these white spots are? One thing you could try is this: https://gardinerpolesystems.co.uk/all-products/water-fed-poles/brushes/brush-head-attachments/the-new-super-scraper-trade.html
  14. triangle

    Does Hypo kill weeds?

    And you use a respirator with 3p and b filter right? B is for chlorine and 3P fine dust
  15. Thanks but window was second floor so no go for that one - tbh I don’t mind if these are already on the glass - it appears they are little bits from the top of the frame that have stuck on their way washing down the glass, I mean I would expect them to just come off with the brush but they’re stubborn as hell once they stick
  16. Cookie

    Van Sign Writing

    TBH I wouldn't bother paying for sign-writing for a 12 year old van. Get a magnetic sign from http://www.signs4vans.co.uk/ I used them & the speed of dispatch along with the quality of the signs was excellent. Also you can use them on your next van.
  17. Marko067

    How to open a univalve

    If you are using PU hose you shouldn't need to use 'O' clamps to hold the tube on. Pu hose just seems to grip tighter when you pull on it. This also helps to reduce the risk of breaking a barb when removing the hose. To get the PU hose off the barbs I usually use a craft knife with a new blade and carefully make a longitudinal cut in the hose over the barb using several light cuts until the hose starts to split then the hose comes off real easy when you twist and pull. If you try this, do be careful not to cut into the edge of the barb on the univalve as this provides a seal with the hose. This is especially important on the high pressure side of the Univalve.
  18. Hi guys, a bit of advice on setting up water feed for PW. I have a Kiam 2800p pressure washer. It only has one feed in and no return feed as i have seen on some. Will this still draw water from a bin? if i "plugged" it into a water butt would this draw more water than if it was plugged into a tap with low pressure? hope this makes sense Dan
  19. HWCS

    Diary, spread sheet, app?

    Cheers, ill take a look at squeegee, is this it? Just hope it aint complicated lol
  20. windowsurfer

    Which Gutter Vac?

    Thanks
  21. After cleaning a new build UPVC frame I noticed a couple tiny white spots on the glass below, after repeated rinsing and agitating the spots won’t come off, like they’re stuck on the glass. I did scrap one off with the brush head gently - have you guys encountered this problem. What’s the best way to get rid of these spots ? Thanks again for the good advice
  22. Master Jedi Alejandro

    Diary, spread sheet, app?

    Use Squeegee. I used spreadsheets for first year and found it got too cumbersome. Saying that, if you would rather spreadsheets cause they are free I can send you across a blank version of what I used. 🙂 Edit: I used pages but should convert no problem.
  23. R wcs

    Water water every where. Where to buy.

    Spotless water have just opened station up at Newcastle upon Tyne 4.2p litre inc vat
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