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  2. scottish cleaning service

    Solar panel cleaning - risk of shock?

    I cleaned my 16 panels last year on a cloudy day wearing rubber gloves. Used degreaser and then rinsed off with tap water and it made a big difference to my output as they hadn't been done for 6yrs. I will soon be doing mine again but I believe there is only beer money in it unless you are cleaning a panel farm. Cant really charge less than £60 a time or its just a waste of time because of where they are installed, mainly top of roofs.
  3. AGlassAct

    WFP trolley/pump box for sale

    Just a bit of humour mate
  4. scottish cleaning service

    Career change. Is it to late

    I've been doing it for 2yrs and I'm 53 soon. Was going to buy an old guys round but it was every two weeks and £3 a go but those days are well gone. Its beginning to be very lucrative and the prices are far higher now. Once a month seems the optimum with the customers now and it suits me fine, you wont be disappointed.
  5. This topic has been discussed often before. I have cleaned several solar panels and have never had a shock. Each cell on a solar panel (each little block) produces about 0.5v so a solar panel with 72 cells will produce about 36v. 36v isn't going to kill you unless you have a pace maker. They 'join' a string of panels together in series to raise the voltage and add an invertor inside the loft to raise the voltage to 220v. If you are using a Gardiner carbon fiber pole then the base pole is covered in a layer of fiberglass. Fiberglass is a non electrical conducting material. Pure water doesn't conduct electricity. I would never clean a solar panel in the heat of the day in summer but would rather wait for a cloudy day after there has been a little rain as the damp will make cleaning panels a little easier. I don't promote solar panel cleaning as by far the majority of the solar panels in our area are difficult to reach. They can't be done safely standing off a ladder unless you have one of those front hook harnesses, (used by BT and Sky engineers) with the ladder securely tied off. (BT and Sky engineers drill a hole in the wall and fit an anchor bolt to tie the ladder to. The other option is a scaffold tower but you need 2 people to assemble it. Its difficult to discuss price as a customer must see the cost as an advantage. In the north east there is one cleaner who has an advertised price of solar panel cleaning of "from £40" on his van. In the last year he has had 1 job from it and I passed one enquiry to him. He does them off ladders as it needs to be a day when he has a helper with him to foot the ladder. In my mate's case, if he charged £40 the customer must see that as an advantage to having his panels cleaned - he has to see a big average increase in solar output. In my case, none of the customer's I have cleaned panels for have seen a big increase in output after they have been cleaned.
  6. AJ Fry

    Career change. Is it to late

    Go for it bud and you'll never look back. Im 35 been a bathroom fitter all my life and at the early stages of building my window business. Absolutely love it. As the guys say if you have savings great or try and go part time in the short term. Go for it with all you have and ignore the little chimp in your head that will pop up with irrational thoughts of fear and doubt from time to time. The brain doesn't like change.
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  8. Iron Giant

    St. George day!!!!!!!!

    Happy St Georges Day
  9. steve garwood

    St. George day!!!!!!!!

    Happy st. George’s day guys! 🍺
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  11. Haha course you were
  12. the glass guru

    WFP trolley/pump box for sale

    You've always got 1 ain't ya. I'll take that 1 on the chin. Yep thought to myself that offer took the Micky and felt bad so was going to up it. No need for your sarky comments. Just a simple no would have done.
  13. A lot of solar panels installed a few years ago are looking pretty dirty - a lot of lichen too. Must be an opportunity there as it's going to be affecting output. Is there a risk of electric shock? There's no way of stopping the things producing current, whatever you do to the controls. And what's a reasonable charge per panel outside London if they're reasonably accessible?
  14. AGlassAct

    WFP trolley/pump box for sale

    Yes that’s fine mate - I’ll take £45 for it. Tell you what I’ll give you a 5 year guarantee with it too, if you send me your address I’ll deliver it, come to think of it I’ve got a bit of time on my hands at the moment (lets be fair the weather hasn’t been that great so I’ve hardly had any calls to clean windows 🤣) so if you send me your vehicle registration beforehand I’ll bring some oil and a full service kit so I can carry out a full service for you. It’s advertised for £80. I appreciate your kind offer, but it’s a no from me. Thank you.
  15. Green Pro Clean Ltd

    Career change. Is it to late

    32? Too late? 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣
  16. Master Jedi Alejandro

    Bank Holiday (Good Friday) day off?

    Went for a drive with the family up round the Trossachs and a steam boat tour along Loch Katrine. Then over to Callander for some cracking fish and chips. Getting into Callander we drove past two window cleaners working on a B&B. They weren't half scrubbing those windows, must have been 30 seconds a pane at least! Felt sorry for them, if they bettered their technique perhaps they wouldn't have to work a bank holiday! 😂
  17. Yes also I am not sure it would be GDPR compliant. Either way maybe best to remove those links and share privately if needs be.
  18. I spent the first 2 days of holiday ripping up and fitting laminate floor in half the downstairs of my house and fitting new kitchen worktops Earned a bbq and a few beers
  19. on a side note.... how did you input the postcodes of customers onto a google map and then save it for later? I have been wanting to to do this for ages to show a visual spread of my work. cheers
  20. Incheck

    Removing paint from a patio

    Aye i’ve got a turbo nozzle so well see how that works. I’ve just seen a guy stripping a “painted patio” for some reason the previous house owner painted the patio slabs 🙈 he used a 15 degree nozzle at a relatively horizontal angle and worked well. But as you say, if its soaked in to the slabs then it could be a mare 👀
  21. I don’t think it’s very wise to be posting these details on a public forum , the work could be pinched by someone
  22. Pjj

    Removing paint from a patio

    Sounds like it could be a wooden fence type of paint or stain Ime guessing that some of it will have soaked into the concrete surface so will be very difficult to remove it all , like you say if you can find out what paint it is then you should be able to get a solvent for it unless it’s water based , I think once that’s dried there isn’t a product that will remove it , decent pressurewasher with turbo nozzle might get rid of most of it
  23. Incheck

    Removing paint from a patio

    I rang her and she said it’s just “garden paint” 🤷‍♂️ It’s a wooden pergola so...🤷‍♂️ She did throw sand down on it straight away so i dont know how bad its going to be. I just didnt fancy buying any old product off the top of my head. She has said shes not concerned if it doesnt come off but obviously id like to try my best. Maybe some kind of graffiti removal gel might do the trick who knows
  24. steve garwood

    Bank Holiday (Good Friday) day off?

    Well jealous @Dave B. Got back from Hastings this morning after a lovely couple of days, and have spent the whole day ripping up laminated flooring in my hallway and wiring new lighting 😩😩
  25. steve garwood

    Starting back up

    I had van locker from Croydon come round my house and remove the ford lock (they are pony) and replace with a heavy duty stainless steel lock. The clever part was, I can use the same key as I use with the deadlocks they fitted. 👍 I personally think the transit is the best drive, and best looking medium size van out there, however, ford do not help fitting poor security locks
  26. RWCleaning

    Starting back up

    Even if you get deadlocks & a steering wheel lock ?
  27. I would check with your current insurer , if not try and get a policy that covers the work you do shouldn’t cost too much
  28. Pjj

    Removing paint from a patio

    What type of paint us it water based emulsion, oil based gloss etc ? Depending what it is will depend what will remove it
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