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  1. Apw1210

    Merry Christmas Everyone

    Regardless of the current political crisis and mutating Pandemic I'd like to wish everyone one of you a merry Christmas It's been a tough and rocky road this year so heres hoping 2021 brings you all closer to those you've not seen and growing success in your business All the best Austin
    12 points
  2. steve garwood

    Peoples average Dailey takens and methods ?

    I use online banking, never had a problem with it. I don’t discuss my earnings
    11 points
  3. Part Timer

    How truthful are you?

    I always tell the truth to regular customers, broken loads of solar lights and the odd plant pot here and there.
    10 points
  4. Mx19

    Fitting out new van

    And the sign writing is complete!
    9 points
  5. steve garwood

    Do use guys use text local and cleaner planner

    8 points
  6. Part Timer

    Working in the snow....

    How can you work like that Your pole clamps are all over the place
    8 points
  7. doug atkinson

    What's happened with Tulsion resin?

    He is referring to Indion MB 115 and I wish he would mention that and be honest in his wording. Indion MB151 is cheaper but having spoken to those who have used it they found they were short changed in how many litres were in the bag. They did not find it lsuperior to Tulsion MB-115. Now the specifications Indion MB-115 and Indion MB151 are the same resin beads. Indion MB-115 is a 60/40 mix and MB 151 is a 50/50. UK water is more designed for 60/40 mix however some areas very few more suited to 50/50 mix. I have a good relationship with Indion and have advised them a few ti
    7 points
  8. i feel sorry for some window cleaners.......some hate this job so much theyll make any excuse to have another few weeks off.....if you work on your own cleaning outside windows then you can work...this job is recession proof AND lockdown proof!we re so LUCKY!! ive had 12 days off over xmas and im raring to go this month now........it was good to get out in the fresh air today on the glass(work off some of the xmas overindulgence!).....
    7 points
  9. swc1

    Best xmas presents

    Watching my son building a snowman with his girlfriend 3 year old daughter..it was her first snowman! Priceless!!
    7 points
  10. Keith66

    Age.. oldest solo trader?

    I’m 54 and just about to start again, shining since I was 16 built up a company sold it when I was 40 , went and trained to be a sparky did it for 10 years but absolutely hated the game but thankfully got made redundant in September so starting again and feel super excited to get going and just done my van
    7 points
  11. Ian Docksey

    Great service from Gardiner

    As above really. Ordered 2x26cm Xtreme medium Taper Tec Hybrid brushes yesterday afternoon. They've just arrived . Keep up the great work you guys at Gardiner.
    7 points
  12. Bongofish

    Merry Christmas Everyone

    Merry Christmas mate. And although for all of us it's been a tough and rocky year I would like to thank you all for making this little adventure become a career and a happier way to live. I started the year as a lorry driver who never saw my young family , and ending it as a self employed business man with bright prospects and alot of is down to you guys! Merry Christmas!
    7 points
  13. spruce

    Advice on winter cancellations

    You mustn't take their nonsense personally. You will end up with ulcers, not them. I've come to realise that in 99% of the cases there is another agenda in the background we don't know about as they don't disclose it. Some have asked to be taken back and its up the me to decide if I want them back or not. I taken many back over the years and mostly they have been model customers. A few started messing around again and I don't clean them now. I've mentioned this before. We got sacked by him for a streak down a lounge window the previous clean we did. The alleged streak was on the bay
    7 points
  14. dazmond

    Wash & reach in pouring rain

    Yep...I worked all day in the rain yesterday and will be today....waterproofs on and bluetooth earbuds in for music and crack on. It's a myth that window cleaners can 'catch up' another time....it simply doesn't happen....unless you like to work weekends or encroach on your leisure/family time then having days off has a knock on affect and you ll lose thousands over the course of a year.... . .
    6 points
  15. Part Timer

    Do use guys use text local and cleaner planner

    Cleaner planner and @Squeegee App are the 2 favourites I believe. There's still a few dinosaurs, me included, that use pen paper and spread sheets.
    6 points
  16. Don Logan

    Happy New Year.

    Resin and filters changed back to it tomorrow after a very quite Christmas and New year. Stay safe lads .
    6 points
  17. The way I see it with the rules saying work from home unless you can't then for the sake of the economy you should be out cleaning windows. You can't sit at home and claim the grants that are for people who have suffered detrimentally due to covid if you could have got in your van and gone out to work.
    6 points
  18. mike007

    Age.. oldest solo trader?

    Interesting thread especially the mention of some seeing Windies in their 70s still doing Trad. Wonder the long term effects using "Modern" methods as in WFP will have on the body over time? Window cleaning is a physical activity and will have an effect especially if your using a long pole 6 or so hours a day whether it is the lightest you can get or not.
    6 points
  19. Marko067

    Extreme 22 help

    It isn't just the overall weight of a pole that makes the difference to the user. It's a combination of several factors. It's also where the weight is when using it. To get some idea of what I mean, try turning your pole upside down and using it. The weight is exactly the same but is distributed very differently and makes the pole very unwieldly When using a pole that is only slightly lighter in overall weight, don't get the idea that it won't make much difference in use. When the pole is fully extended it will feel very different to a pole that is only a few ounces heavier. The diffe
    6 points
  20. Davy G

    Merry Christmas Everyone

    Merry Christmas everyone. And a peaceful, happy and healthy New year. I know several folks on here are caring for and worrying about sick loved ones and friends. A special thought for you and for them. Let's hope we can all have a bit of rest and relief and start back in the new year with renewed energy and vigour. Cheers and best wishes~ Davy
    6 points
  21. Andy1979

    Extreme 22 help

    Well it’s done just ordered the 22ft extreme just hoping it helps sort out my shoulder god it’s a lot of money Just before Christmas thanks again for all the reply’s it’s been most appreciated
    6 points
  22. RWCleaning

    number of houses a day is a good number??

    Varies a lot for me, I have a round where I can do 17-20 in a day, all £15-£20jobs But then I have a round due, next week actually, where it takes two days, the smallest job there is £22.00, then a few £25s to £35s, then a couple of £45s and even a big £65 house as well. So on those days I might on do 6 or 7. Number of houses is not important at all, it’s hourly rate/day rate that is. My best ever domestic earning day I only did 3 jobs. 2 big gutter clear & cleans on two houses then a big-ish window clean on another house.
    6 points
  23. High-tower

    number of houses a day is a good number??

    If he’s claiming that, he’s talking ****, that’d be a house every 4-5mins for 8 hours straight He might do 106 a week, or earn £106.00.
    6 points
  24. Bwfc

    How truthful are you?

    Telling the truth. Customers definitely respect you more & most of the time they say don't worry about it
    6 points
  25. HWCS

    Upto 50 customers

    Seems like an age since ive made an update in this thread, tbf ive not really had anything much to say works been going really well, 450ish customer, lost a few ditched a few and gained alot. Only real update ive got is after last years £30.00 shop for local foodbank donation on behalf of my business and customers for xmas instead of cards for the customers, this year i doubled the donation to £60 and some customers also asked if id add a few quid and they'd donate. So this years donation to the food bank came in at £90.55p
    6 points
  26. HWCS

    Christmas holidays?

    Ive worked my nads off since i started my journey im finishing Friday 18th (this friday) and im going back Monday 11th. Yes its a long long break but i deserve it i think. My customers have been told that their next cleans could be as much as 3 weeks later than the norm and not one has complained, infact most have said "good on you enjoy the break" One thing i have found this year is the xmas tips have not been as forthcoming as last year but in this horrendous year i didnt expect them to.
    6 points
  27. steve garwood

    Do use guys use text local and cleaner planner

    I have printed work sheets in a binder. Takes me around 5 minutes to fill in when I get home. I haven’t collected for years. I have considered going digital, but am winding my business down so can’t be ar5ed
    5 points
  28. Davy G

    How much do you agitate the glass

    The mythical maintenance clean does exist. I'm about as far as inland as you can be in Britain. I rarely have to do more than just tickle the glass for about two or three very light agitations and a rinse down on the glass and of course a scrub on dried in stuff when needed. Brushes last me forever. I imagine it's a lot different near the sea but I have no personal experience.
    5 points
  29. Pjj

    Bit chilly today 🥶🥶🥶🥶

    Today we are doing some of our commercial work started at 8 am and was minus 5 just finishing the first building at 10 am and it’s still minus 4 very unusual fir us down hear Evan trading the doors so as not to cause a slip hazard it’s greet on the glass so having to follow the applicator straight with the squeegee , hot wfp on the windows is fine though
    5 points
  30. swc1

    Starting a new round

    That interesting. I've never understood why a business owner would not have at least a basic insurance policy to protect themselves in case something does happen. Insurance is cheap as chips, even a few dollars a month for the security is soooo worth it, things can go sideways on a jobsite so quickly.
    5 points
  31. Pjj

    When things go wrong!

    Sounds like the supply of faulty goods to me so they should pay the postage it’s brand new , if you paid for it using credit card get on to them they will cancel the payment
    5 points
  32. Pjj

    Working in the snow....

    We worked a full day was a bit chilly frosty this morning and 3:5 degrees this afternoon but in the breeze felt colder , but would rather have this than rain and grey skies
    5 points
  33. My job is essential to me - I have bills to pay.
    5 points
  34. Davy G

    Working in the snow....

    We were lucky enough today in North wilts. A bit cold but dry. A straight forward day in three different but local areas. And a new customer recruited on the first day of the new working year from a walk up while we were working across the road. Funny, I said to my son as we started driving to our first job "What would make my day is to get a new customer on the first working day of the year."
    5 points
  35. Woody86

    Newbie to the ranks

    Update 04/01/21 Happy new year all! I am still hanging in there and pushing forward. Had a bit of a urghh day on Saturday mainly due to the cold freezing what I believe was the univalve or the yellow gardiner hose. Thought I would start at 8am and try and battle through the 7 custys and be back early to enjoy the rest of my day. Turned up at the custys house all ready to start, tugged the hose to start the water flow and nothing. I had to get back into the van and really warm the cab up sat in there with my Gardiner SLX22 I am actually suprised that it fitted width ways in the cab!
    5 points
  36. I don't tend to mind one offs as a rule. Reasons : Son and I work as a two man team. They add variety. We have plenty reliable, regular work outside of one offs. We make sure to charge an appropriate amount extra to make it financially well worth the time and effort. Especially if we soapwash. Every one off is a new seed sown. The customer sometimes decides to have a regular service when they see the difference after putting up with a scruffy house. It often leads to neighbours wanting our service when they see the difference. They've perhaps been seeing a dirty h
    5 points
  37. Pjj

    Best xmas presents

    Ime not the slightest bit musical but a mate of mine makes custom guitars called electric lady is name is Eddy Cameron he supplies quite a few very famous bands years ago he was in a band so has lots of contacts .
    5 points
  38. Danfire

    Best xmas presents

    Got myself an eBay bargain. Just got to learn how to play it.
    5 points
  39. dazmond

    Working in the snow....

    on topic....yes ill work in a little bit of snow and ice....its much easier with a hot water system(you can melt ice on frames and glass and hose doesnt freeze up)....i also take some ice melt grit and a sweeping brush with me in the van and offer to grit some elderly customers driveways which is just good customer service IMO.... BUT......i do have a limit.....if the side roads are very icy with compacted snow and the ambient air temperature is zero (or below) its just not worth the risk of crashing my van.....its dangerous........if the snow and ice has started to melt and turn to slush
    5 points
  40. Part Timer

    number of houses a day is a good number??

    Age is just a number and nothing to worry about. The only problem you encounter is when you stop getting older.
    5 points
  41. h.a.s window cleaning

    Help needed ! Deadends

    Thank your all for the support ppl. I just get my back up when ppl find it helpful to pull me done. Wouldn't even mind aswell but he jump straight in with possible things to check and he didn't even spell that correct himself Anyways back to the problem I was haveing it turns out it was a wiring issue. I assumed it can't of been that as when the water was flowing it was spot on. But yeah I rewired the system yesterday and boom all works great now. Thanks for all the help though ppl much appreciated
    5 points
  42. ched999uk

    Any of the London and southeast Boys

    And there in lies the problem. To many people breaking rules and knowing very little if any punishment will happen. Even police say fines are a last resort! Gov should come down hard, very hard to make people follow rules. People not following rules are potentially killing people. This is serious 3% of people who test positive die! While 3% may seem low its still 3 people in 100 who actually die due to catching it! Stay safe everyone.
    5 points
  43. Part Timer

    Any of the London and southeast Boys

    They say it is 70% more contagious but don't explain how. They then say if you follow current guidance you are safe so just enforce current guidance. We all see smart @rses walking around shops without masks and ignoring social distance. These are the people that should be fined. Sitting in a restaurant and having a meal following the rules is far less dangerous then walking around a supermarket. As for the idiots crowding shops doing their Christmas shopping words fail me.
    5 points
  44. steve garwood

    number of houses a day is a good number??

    The question ‘how many in a day?’ is simply to vague. You could be cleaning small bungalows or enormous mansions. I have one day where I only clean 3 houses. All massive detached, and all 3 are £80 each. The question needs to be more specific
    5 points
  45. Bongofish

    number of houses a day is a good number??

    At moment I do about 12 houses a day. All different sizes but no bigger than 5 bedroom detached. 12 for me is the figure I like to work around, when I start giving myself 15 houses a day for some reason I feel pressurised for the first 14 . But I also work the weekends doing Conny roofs and gutter cleans with skyvacs, so I try not to give myself anymore than 5-6 hours physical work Monday - Friday. What I also think people don't understand from the outside is they can say "wow you only work 6 hours".....this is not the case as sometimes can be getting messages from customers at 11pm, chasing
    5 points
  46. Mark75

    number of houses a day is a good number??

    106 Houses a Day , is he Cleaning Doll Houses or something, He is having you on . I struggle with 6 decent size Houses , Yes I am a newbie still but he would have to be the Bolt of Window Cleaning , Mate my advice is do what you can , Don't rush as that's when Mistakes are made , Good luck with Everything .
    5 points
  47. THL4KEL

    How truthful are you?

    I would own up incase you left a live cable exposed if it was running of mains.
    5 points
  48. Davy G

    Hi from a newbie

    Hi, to you, and welcome. In answer to your questions: For my part, I personally wouldn't get involved with trad. If you have no choice at the start then I'd get away from it as soon as possible. The potential and real safety risk is just one reason. A very good friend of mine fractured his back, broke his thumb and damaged his knee and his bladder just last week after falling from a ladder. It's also hard work, slow and inefficient. I'd find that, soul destroying. I also personally wouldn't buy a round. I built my own over a while by canvassing and local ads and eventually through r
    5 points
  49. Pjj

    Two idiots / Roof cleaning today

    That’s not expensive for roof cleans , I would say it’s a fair price
    5 points
  50. Davy G

    Serious Ladder Fall

    Thanks Wezza, He went home from hospital yesterday. Not able to walk yet but just about able to stand for a few seconds. I'll find out more in the next few days and give an update. Thanks again.
    5 points


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