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trevor peacock

univalve yes or no?



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trevor peacock

been using wfp's for about 15 years, I use about 300 lts a day.

Univalve's get good reviews, what's your opinions?

Is it the way to go or are there better options.

Looked at the gardiner gooseneck valve, looks a bit fiddly?

 

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Hiace Nostalgia

would recommend 100%! I moved over to it last year after years of various valves that would drip and need constant replacing and its been great.  still on the original one I bought 8 months ago and I think my back aches less as I'm not constantly bending down to a floor valve. best £30 I've ever spent!

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trevor peacock

just found a post saying someone was saving 10 - 12 litres a day with a univalve , in that case is it worth the cost?

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High-tower

The amount of water you save will depend on how you work, and whether you use a tap already. But even without saving water they are worth having....

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Hiace Nostalgia

I've never measured it precisely but reckon I save more than that over the course of an 8 hr day. I think the time saved and reduced strain on the body are the things that make it really worth it though. if you want to save water, fan jets make a difference and others on here are saying the new rinse bars cut down water usage too.

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RWCleaning

Definitely get one.

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Skxawng

Univalve was one of the best things I've bought. Could never go back now.

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Ash87

I would have a univalve even if i was a trad cleaner . They are brilliant

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Iron Giant

The lord gave me fingers and thumbs so I just nip the hose and it costs me nowt  😉I also have an inline tap between main hose and pole hose, I prefer a quite a stripped back way of working so I can easily swap components within a few minutes if an issue arises 

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steve garwood

With VAT and p&p the univalve works out at £40. However, exeed are doing a deal at the moment.

Get three for £90 all in 👍

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paulben

Best valve I have had 

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Tango
1 hour ago, Iron Giant said:

The lord gave me fingers and thumbs so I just nip the hose and it costs me nowt  😉I also have an inline tap between main hose and pole hose, I prefer a quite a stripped back way of working so I can easily swap components within a few minutes if an issue arises 

 

You know thats something i still cannot manage to crack properly! I keep trying but the blasted BP pump still keeps pumping out the pure no matter how hard i try lol.

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spruce
6 hours ago, trevor peacock said:

just found a post saying someone was saving 10 - 12 litres a day with a univalve , in that case is it worth the cost?

 

I honestly believe its very difficult to put an exact figure on water savings. I can't tbh. But we are saving water by switching the flow off between windows.

 

 

A local windie bought a round from a trad cleaner and converted it to wfp. The round was a little out of town and there were 2 operators on the van. The van had a 650 liter tank and they always had a few houses left after they ran out of water toward the end of the day. So they returned the next day to complete the round.

I recommended Aquadapters (predessor to the Univalve) and he purchased one for each of them at £60 each.

 

He reported back to me that they saved enough water that they were able to complete the round in one day and still had a little water left in the tank. He calculated that those 2 Aquadapters paid for themselves with the first clean they used them on if he took everything into consideration - not going back to finish off the following day and using those 'finishing off' few hours to service other work.

So for him it wasn't just saving water, but more to do with the knock-on effects.

 

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ks789

Got one still unused from over a year ago. Its just that clicking the one stop remote that I have handy round my neck I havent felt the need to use it. I really should, as would help a lot on the odd backpack job. I just thought id wait till got new pole hose but this standard yellow is lasting well. Have heard is best not to put it on the standard yellow but im tempted.

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David K

Yes yes yes ! My Best buy in a long time . 

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Carts69

Yep, ease of use & convince, the uni is superb

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solarpanelcleaningltd
On 07/06/2019 at 13:07, trevor peacock said:

just found a post saying someone was saving 10 - 12 litres a day with a univalve , in that case is it worth the cost?

 

 

Jesus. It’s less than thirty quid.

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chelmsclean
23 hours ago, spruce said:

 

I honestly believe its very difficult to put an exact figure on water savings. I can't tbh. But we are saving water by switching the flow off between windows.

 

 

A local windie bought a round from a trad cleaner and converted it to wfp. The round was a little out of town and there were 2 operators on the van. The van had a 650 liter tank and they always had a few houses left after they ran out of water toward the end of the day. So they returned the next day to complete the round.

I recommended Aquadapters (predessor to the Univalve) and he purchased one for each of them at £60 each.

 

He reported back to me that they saved enough water that they were able to complete the round in one day and still had a little water left in the tank. He calculated that those 2 Aquadapters paid for themselves with the first clean they used them on if he took everything into consideration - not going back to finish off the following day and using those 'finishing off' few hours to service other work.

So for him it wasn't just saving water, but more to do with the knock-on effects.

 

I've noticed similar to this. Univalve paid for itself first day I used it.

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Pjj

No totaly not needed , like iron giant said just squeeze the hose easy peazy , doesn’t cost anything and  cannot go wrong , I did try one it only lasted 8 months and broke I certainly won’t buy any more we have around 8 poles in each van as well so would cost a small fortune to put them on all poles . Again if it saves 12 ltr per day and I don’t  think it does it’s not worth saving that much , each to there own but it’s not for us .

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Hiace Nostalgia

Probably one for another thread but one wee issue that I get with the univave is it can stick open after a couple of months use and takes a few pulls to get it to shut again. Easy fix though, a squirt of silicone spray and good as new again. Anyone else find this happens?

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Den

I have the univalve on eight poles and never had a problem great bit of kit, little tricky to operate on 4 storey buildings though 😀

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chelmsclean
1 hour ago, Pjj said:

No totaly not needed , like iron giant said just squeeze the hose easy peazy , doesn’t cost anything and  cannot go wrong , I did try one it only lasted 8 months and broke I certainly won’t buy any more we have around 8 poles in each van as well so would cost a small fortune to put them on all poles . Again if it saves 12 ltr per day and I don’t  think it does it’s not worth saving that much , each to there own but it’s not for us .

If you can afford 8 poles you can afford 8 univalves

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Pjj
1 minute ago, chelmsclean said:

If you can afford 8 poles you can afford 8 univalves

 

 

Lol yes no problem,  but we have around 24 poles at last count on all vans and the univalve just doesn’t earn it’s keep as far as Ime concerned ,it’s something else to go wrong as it did at 8 months use , never really felt it was needed but tried it anyway , but got better things to spend money on at £30 a go that’s £720 ,to turn water on and off , far easier to pinch the hose , all my guys feel the same way they didn’t want to have univalves they also prefer to pinch the hose , but as I said some may find them useful.

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chelmsclean

Pinching hose... I remember those days

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Marko067

I use a univalve, but oddly enough often fold the hose in my hand between upstairs windows seems quicker that way. Don't know if it actually is.

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Green Pro Clean Ltd

We've had them since they came out. Awesome. Still have the originals. Not a single failure yet. 

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Skxawng

People are talking about the water saving, but for me it's the time saving, convenience and not having to bend down to find the tap that I find is the real benefit. I always used to have an in-line ball valve between the pole hose and main hose. On a 27' pole when you're working downstairs the switch could be quite far from where you're working and it always used to be around a corner getting stuck stopping you reach the last window.. 

The taps didn't last long, especially if you regularly stand on the tap to switch it on.

Occasionally I used to fold the hose over- though it's not a great solution IMO. The main problem being you can't let go without it coming back on. Yes, some people shove it in a bit of pipe carried in their pocket, but that's a lot of faff and when you're doing hundreds of windows a day, a bit of faff here and there adds up.

The only downside to the univalve as far as I have experienced it that it can come on unexpectedly when you pull the pole or when extending the pole (especially if your hose is stored bent around the end of the pole).

A univalve combined with a tubeless setup has sped me up at least 10-15% I recon.

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ks789

Does anyone use the univalve on the standard gardiners yellow pole hose that comes with the pole? if so, is it fine?

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RWCleaning
46 minutes ago, ks789 said:

Does anyone use the univalve on the standard gardiners yellow pole hose that comes with the pole? if so, is it fine?

I used to & yep was fine. Sometimes didn’t work first time in the hot weather as the hose is stretchy 

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