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  1. Pjj

    Pjj

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  1. 6 points
    Part Timer

    Water marks left again!! ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ

    You admitted you rushed around doing the first wash with your new very expensive toy. Your problem has been caused by doing a slap dash job. There's people on here that have cobbled together Heath Robinson systems for a few hundred quid and done a far better job. You're using the customers feedback, which unsurprisingly is very poor, to justify going back to trad.
  2. 3 points
    Davy G

    Fan jets vs pencil jets

    The important thing as I say with fan jets is to keep the bristles touching, or no more than about 5-10 mm from the glass. CONTAIN THE SPRAY. Build that head of water with a couple of quick across and back swipes tight to the top frame and bring it down as a CONTINUOUS sheet just following the descending brush. WATCH FOR THIS IMPORTANT DETAIL, especially on hydrophobic glass. Use quick across and back swipes descending with the brush at a descent speed that doesn't quite outrun the curtain (sheet) of water). If you do outrun the curtain go back up a touch to pick it up again. On downstairs windows I sometimes hold the brush sideways as it makes a deeper so even faster curtain descent. The descent can be more simple on hydrophilic glass as the sheeting will be much better. In this case a simple letter Z on the rinse will usually suffice to continue the curtain, providing you make sure you have a good flow, start tight to the top frame and finish along the top of the bottom frame to make sure no dirt is left sitting on it before continuing down to finish the sill. I can't imagine doing a sustained speed of quicker than 20 - 30 seconds per wรฌndow or using less water and effort. The devil is in the detail, once I start on the window the brush Never leaves the contact with any of it, frame or glass, so all the spray is contained. Donโ€™t forget to swirl out the top corners of the glass during the agitation and once again at the start of the rinse to remove any spiders or their nests. There will be droppings on the lower frame as a marker if there are spiders above. Fish them out now before they breed. I probably will try a rinse bar at some time as it may well be a better method, though I will take some convincing. ๐Ÿ™‚
  3. 3 points
    Part Timer

    working in the rain

    Currently in Kassiopi in Corfu, not having your problems ๐Ÿ˜˜
  4. 3 points
    Pjj

    At the risk of opening a can of worms.....

    The customer has a right to choose who they have to clean there windows , we donโ€™t go poaching other cleaners work but if they do a poor job or arnt reliable and the customer isnโ€™t happy with there service then yes we would quote and have no quarms about taking the job on
  5. 3 points
    Pjj

    Round for sale in stockport

    Seven times the monthly turnover for work priced between ยฃ6-10 and itโ€™s trad isnโ€™t that a bit steep ?. most is advertised at four times the monthly turnover
  6. 3 points
    ks789

    If Carlsberg did customers

    Wow, thats the kind of customer to keep doing even if you go on to other things.
  7. 3 points
    Pjj

    Working for peanuts

    Green pro clean has proved this to be false with his lead generation he prices stuff the same up north as he does down south , we also do work up to 300 miles away from home and charge decent money or it wouldnโ€™t be worth the traveling , the old adage if you dont try you dont get comes to mind . There have been loads start up where I am charging a third of what we and other companies charge and guess what , are they busy with work ?. Picking up loads of customers ? No they donโ€™t last as they cannot make a go of it , they last a few weeks over summer and go bust . Never to be seen again ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ this actually helps us as as when the customer that they have let down phones us saying there cleaner has stoped coming we price the job at three times what they were paying and explain that you cannot run a buisness at that price most then realise this so the next time some cheapskate knocks there door they know that they will not get good regular service so, they stick with us .
  8. 2 points
    Gav

    Whatโ€™s happened to tuffers ??

    Welcome back! ๐Ÿ™Œ
  9. 2 points
    Dirty dan

    Fan jets vs pencil jets

    Thanks for this, awesome video. Iโ€™ll be getting one of these first thing Monday ๐Ÿ‘
  10. 2 points
    Suhrly

    How windy is too windy

    Like a few have said here, bite the bullet and switch to WFP mate. That's exactly what I did and haven't looked back. The thought of going back to trad now fills me with dread. When it's too windy outside for ladders, doesn't matter so much with WFP...so you'll be earning more money right off the bat. The amount of lost days (and weeks) I had to strong winds! All it takes is one strong gust and you'll be flying towards the floor. Not worth it.
  11. 2 points
    steve garwood

    Waterproof footwear

    In my humble opinion, having steel toe caps is just having more unnecessary wait on your feet all day ๐Ÿ™‚
  12. 2 points
    dazmond

    How windy is too windy

    youll get sick of it eventually...also it limits you...its a lot slower too esp on larger jobs,using a trad pole doesnt do a good job really and you cant clean the frames...... trust me!i used to be like you at one time!
  13. 2 points
    MCWC

    I just started window cleaning (WFP)

    I think the general consensus is take the money wherever its coming fro mat the start and then refine my services when I can afford to
  14. 2 points
    Suhrly

    At the risk of opening a can of worms.....

    I had this exact scenario today after she told me her current window cleaner hasn't been for 3 months and only does it on the side. My answer, 'Yep I can start cleaning them next week for ya'. However I'll do them tomorrow if I get the time.
  15. 2 points
    steve garwood

    Leisure battery help

    Whoever told you that is talking ๐Ÿ’ฉ. Leisure batteries should be charged each time itโ€™s used. It shouldnโ€™t be allowed to go under 50% of its charge or this will damage it ๐Ÿ™‚
  16. 2 points
    phillip

    If Carlsberg did customers

    There really is some great people around. Good story fella. When I have raised any money for charity doing marathons, zip wire what have you. It always amazes me how much help I get from customers. Crazy thing is it is always the ex council houses that give the most. Pure salt of the earth. Also if I am collecting with my daughter she likes to help me, people give her money sweets and our lovely to her. It totally warms your heart to see this decency. Bet for sure you make a amazing job of there windows and look after them. If only more people could be strong enough to do the right thing and be decent, community would be a better safer place.
  17. 2 points
    mike007

    Pricing help for window, soffit, fascia and gutter clean

    You did all that for friend free...not even mate,s rates...can you be my friend!!
  18. 2 points
    Part Timer

    Pricing help for window, soffit, fascia and gutter clean

    You've now done the job and even though you admit it was done in a leisurely manner you must know how long it would've took in a commercial manner. Surely you should be advising the newbies on here what the price should be. Why ask on here when every area and person will probably look at it differently.
  19. 2 points
    Tango

    Water marks left again!! ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ

    Mate don't go on relying on destroying Alex Gardiners business in order to save your own face, just don't go back to customers you don't want to keep - it's that simple. YOU are your own boss, if you don't want to go back, don't turn up - it happens all the time. I have a fair few clients who've said their old windy stopped turning up - most of them don't seem to bother keeping my phone number as the only time i hear from them to cancel is after the texts have gone out. Unless you've signed a contract with them then don't worry about it. If they ring up asking why you've not been back just say you've got too much work on or you're going part time due to childcare / medical / whatever reasons and you can't continue to service their property. What are they going to do about it? - They don't have your address (beauty of window cleaning eh!) so they're hardly going to turn up at your house or send you legal documents. Really is no point damaging the reputation of WFP because you were racing round drooling over all the cash you could vacuum up, you'll destroy it for the rest of us.
  20. 2 points
    Dave B

    sub contracting option?

    I have subbed in the past and it is a good option if you need to boost your work while still looking for more work of your own I used to sub off a firm years ago who would give me as much work as I wanted trad for 20% Not bad for over 10 years ago and could knock out 160 quid in a day after his 20% Not a long term solution to not having enough work of your own though
  21. 2 points
    Pjj

    sub contracting option?

    I have never seen the need or point in sub contracting , the person you are doing the work for will stick a bit on the price so they make money as well , just get your own work and cut out the middle man giving you more income and the customer gets a better deal as well .
  22. 1 point
    Dave B

    Whatโ€™s happened to tuffers ??

    Innit mate The pressure washing and softwashing picked up a lot quicker than I dreamed it would. I've seen some of those jobs you've done lately and spot on mate
  23. 1 point
    tench0771

    Whatโ€™s happened to tuffers ??

    dave i wish i was m8 lots going on this year to be honist exiting times
  24. 1 point
    Don Logan

    At the risk of opening a can of worms.....

    Totally agree, that's madness
  25. 1 point
    Don Logan

    How to get sub work?

    They will probably need you to be a safe contractor or registered with chas. https://www.safecontractor.com/ https://eforms.chas.co.uk/ebase/registration.eb?ebd=0&ebz=1_1570990068636 Good luck
  26. 1 point
    Iron Giant

    Computer software

    The Chromebook is ๐Ÿ’ฉ I bought one and disliked the os, I didn't realise it's just a smart device in the guise of a laptop, so my wife got it and I went out a week later and bought a acer laptop, I am old skool
  27. 1 point
    Iron Giant

    Computer software

    I am too greedy/can't warrant apple prices, it's got to be a windows os laptop for me, but android phones
  28. 1 point
    Davy G

    Fan jets vs pencil jets

    No mate, we're all entitled to our own preferences. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘ Good luck with your tennis elbow mate. I had a touch of it in the summer of 1976. Not funny.
  29. 1 point
    Brianbarber

    Waterproof footwear

    These are renegade, not from usual outlets, they are from lowamilitaryboots.com great boots very exoensive need looking after but top quality Also they look great when polished up!
  30. 1 point
    dazmond

    Computer software

    cleaner planner is the best out there IMO......
  31. 1 point
    Part Timer

    Fan jets vs pencil jets

    I have never had a problem with hydrophobic windows, I clean a few and whilst they never look right, I've never had a complaint. Don't think I do them any differently but subconsciously probably rinse them slightly longer. Briefly tried fan jets and didn't like them and only use a rinse bar on a 60' pole, as rinsing off at that height isn't fun.
  32. 1 point
    Davy G

    How windy is too windy

    Hey! Not heard that one as a description of how to identify a level on the Beaufort Scale of wind speeds. I'm going to guess about force 3 if it's a loose fit, force 4 if it's a good fit. I'll make a note for future reference. Thanks for that. ๐Ÿ˜
  33. 1 point
    Dirty dan

    Fan jets vs pencil jets

    Thanks. Thatโ€™s really good info. Are fans good in the wind for you? I tried them once and water was going everywhere except the window. Problem was that window cleaning warehouse told me to hold brush well away from window. As you donโ€™t do that I suppose youโ€™re getting a better rinse
  34. 1 point
    MCWC

    I just started window cleaning (WFP)

    Oh clever nice pair of waterproof for outside and clean shoes for inside So shopping list for the weekend then trad gear step shoes and resin Lost always seems to find a way to grow doesn't it
  35. 1 point
    Pjj

    Leisure battery help

    Yes mains power or you can run it off a genie as well , it cost a lot more than thatโ€™s just the charger part , there is all the monitoring and fuse box system as well itโ€™s like looking in a space craft ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
  36. 1 point
    Pjj

    Leisure battery help

    Lol I feel the same ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ was quite expensive though ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
  37. 1 point
    Baldmonkey

    At the risk of opening a can of worms.....

    ive thought the exact same as everyone here in their opinion, just never come across such a skewed mentallity in business as i have with some since i have started window cleaning.
  38. 1 point
    wee man

    Working for peanuts

    I think that's against the law lol. It's like Tesco and Asda getting together and fixing there prices.
  39. 1 point
    TCB Window Cleaning

    New to the forum

    Thank you everyone ๐Ÿ˜€
  40. 1 point
    Iron Giant

    Working for peanuts

    To be honest Steve it wouldn't surprise, me every once in a while I will have a look on Fb pages and some lads on there are clueless don't have a tds meter or have bought a DI or a cheap R/O and then find out it's useless because there tap tds is 350+ some lads are trying to set up wfp on their bare bones and don't even know the basics before spending money on equipment.
  41. 1 point
    johnny bravo

    Working for peanuts

    as long as you are earning ยฃ30 + over you are doing ok. a lot does depend on your county. + location. making over ยฃ200+ a day is very rewarding. I myself can never understand why people will pay say ยฃ15 when they know they can have the same service for ยฃ10 for there sized property. I cant entertain these when I have canvassed and got my customers. they come and ask me to clean theres , I say No. you are quite happy paying over the odds before. I have my customers now Goodbye some windys are quite happy overpricing but I am not. everyone has there way. just be glad we have a steady customer base when lots are loosing there jobs in this country . I have a good pricing structure and people still try to undercut my prices. I just have a cuppa and carry on.
  42. 1 point
    Cookie

    Advice on equipment.....

    I agree! You can't go wrong with a Gardiners backpack! You could even upgrade to an SLX-22 pole on that budget of ยฃ451!
  43. 1 point
    Pjj

    Advice on equipment.....

    You would find it cheaper to get a Gardiners back pack and a clx composite pole have a look on there website gardinerpolesystems
  44. 1 point
    Pjj

    Internal conservatory roof

    We use a little giant extream steps/ladder they are very stable and can fold into various shapes to fit in corners etc . Price wise insides start from ยฃ100 for a small one and go up from there , for that we clean the whole of the inside including vaccing out flies from the edges , all framework and all glass and inside all the edges and frames on opening windows and roof vents etc . start at the highest point and work your way down the best results will be obtained by doing it trad with a squeegee and applicator having tried cloths etc this always smears . Alow more time than you think it will take as jobs like this are usually time consuming .Try and avoid doing it on a hot sunny day as it will dry very quickly and looking up through the roof is blinding with the sun , you will also sweat like a pig ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
  45. 1 point
    Pjj

    Exceed Hoseless Kits

    We have around 20 meters of pole hose connected to the microbore on all our hose reels so itโ€™s the pole hose that goes up the pole , hopefully the picture will make sense ,I did try the microbore going up the pole but found it heavy and it took a lot more dirt up inside the pole
  46. 1 point
    ks789

    I just started window cleaning (WFP)

    And I guess often, a newcomer to the game will end up with the dregs to start with, picking up cast-offs and odd-jobs that none of the established firms want. However, this dont have to be bad. Often, those reject jobs can turn out to be great. If they are a nightmare job, price it well and alls fine.
  47. 1 point
    steve garwood

    Whatโ€™s happened to tuffers ??

    Yes thereโ€™s some banter I enjoy, just not enough in my opinion. Still enjoy the forum ๐Ÿ™‚
  48. 0 points
    spruce

    Computer software

    I'm glad you guys know what you are talking about. ๐Ÿ˜‚
  49. 0 points
    Iron Giant

    Computer software

    I and my wife found the ChromeBook restrictive to a point as if she was wanting to do a job application or amend and send her c.v it's not possible to always send readable files which the recipient can read, she could edit it on the netbook but I had to convert it on my pc into a readable pdf via adobe or copy and paste stuff into ms word and do the digital signatures. I amend and update my own website as well as other stuff, so I like a pc that I can have a fully operational security suite which I know is bang up to date and my data is safe as well as the very basic stuff like copy and paste and other bit's and pieces which aren't possible on a netbook or smart device apps rather than fully blown web/pc based apps
  50. 0 points
    Iron Giant

    working in the rain

    Rain all day tomorrow, so this will be me, Just singing and dancing in the rain ๐Ÿ˜
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