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  1. 8 points
    Part Timer

    greenpro gone awol?!

    Think his wife is from Thailand, you can buy a house out there for less than he charges to clean 10 houses. Whatever the truth he's worked hard and earned it, if true. Sounds like some members need to rely more on themselves rather than Darren.
  2. 6 points
    Part Timer

    How to make DI resin last longer ?

    Very sorry if this sounds harsh, you've asked a question and the first reply you got was correct. I appreciate you're uncertain about using a R/O, we've all been there, but you're trying to argue about the correct advice because of your personal doubts. If you want to save money buy and learn how to use a R/O otherwise stick to double DI and continue to spend more money on resin.
  3. 5 points
    Incheck

    First week grid free

    Largely due to all the rain we’ve had but this week was the first full week ever where all work has been/will be done with harvested rainwater. I know a few people have tried various methods i just use a submersible pump leading straight to double d.i. Feels good to be doing something to help the planet and also the resin lasts that much longer 👍 happy cleaning fellow windies 😎
  4. 5 points
    Part Timer

    WFP Tips and Tricks

    Learning how to rinse while walking to the next window.
  5. 5 points
    steve garwood

    greenpro gone awol?!

    Stop licking his backside and crack on with your own lives 😂
  6. 5 points
    Maund

    When did you turn that corner?

    Write down a list of everything that you 'need' to make the business better for you, from priority down. And put how much each item is next to them. Every penny you make, put towards the list. The quicker you have everything, the easier the work will get. As for the customers, I used to offer 4,6 or 8 weekly. After roughly 50 customers in I soon realised that I was constantly all over the island, wasting time and diesel. I printed off a large poster of my working area, and outlined where I wanted to work, and when. In each segment I would write in how much customers I had there, this would give me a better idea on how many more customers I could take on in those areas. I stuck to offering only 6 Weekly, this is what I worked out to be what my customers on average asked for when I used to offer 4,6 or 8 weekly. I then had a minimum charge for working, £15 and above. Implenting these changes had a massive difference on my business.
  7. 4 points
    spruce

    what happened to herman?

    I have a lot of respect for Herman. But he will just not stop posting links he did for solutions to problems that were relevant years ago and no longer relevant now. Honestly, I don't even click on his posts now. At best whilst he is occupied posting nonsense on CIU he isn't getting on his wife's nerves. One of the moderators on CIU has 'cautioned' Herman about his postings. Hi Herman, a couple of points. The forum has to strike a balance when it comes to allowing what members can post. Occasionally a "report to mod" comes through about your posts along the lines of "does he pay for advertising" or "do we have to put up with this persistent (insert relevant word)". Another is that your posts have some interest to those of us who make personal mods to our equipment to make our day easier. So for the time being because it is at a hobby and occasionally helpful level admin have allowed you to continue; however I note that you have been taking a dig from time to time at whoever has made the product in the first place. There is no need for this - especially when the item in question has been modified years ago. So if you wish to continue just explain what you are doing without any sniping or digs. Finally I can only guess that your income comes from "clicks" and maybe this is partly why you put up videos all the time - along with the very altruistic reason of helping us all out. Please tread more carefully. Here's another; H-man - If Australian cricketers know how to use sandpaper then I think you can rest assured that the members of this forum do too. However I believe Gardiners addressed this issue years ago . Furthermore it seems to me that your posts have gone from being perceived as useful to humorous/useful to irritating/humorous/useful. 😂
  8. 4 points
    paul alan

    WFP Tips and Tricks

    Learn good posture for cleaning, protect your knees, hips, neck, elbows and shoulders. You can thanks me for that in about 5 years.
  9. 4 points
    adamangler

    When did you turn that corner?

    With add on work it's going to take some experimenting to see whether or not it's worth doing. I find window cleaning easier and more profitable. Add on work I find hard to make it pay. Round here a lot will turn their nose up at paying £60 to have a conny roof cleaned or the gutters cleared. Even if you could find 4 customers in one day paying £60 each to have their gutters cleared it would be easier to just clean £240 of windows instead.. and you can go clean them again next month..relying on add ons means you are constantly having to look for the work. I'm of the opinion add ons are a good filler whilst building the round, I've done loads from carpet cleaning and car valeting to fsg/gutters and pressure washing but nothing beats a well refined window cleaning round. I mean sure if you can make a much better day rate doing them then go ahead but I find it too much faff and hard work for little gain. I've got my round into the best order, I work in all weather and I know it off by heart so I can go out and attack each day and make it as profitable as possible. I come home fill the van and text the next day's work. I don't get covered in **** from gutter vacs or pressure washers nor do I have to constantly be scheduling and juggling work about or checking/fixing/cleaning equipment on an evening. I have a gutter vac and I can't stand the bloody thing, the pipes weigh a tonne and it clogs up every 10 mins and God help you if the gutters are solid. I would want £100 an hour to tow about with that contraption.
  10. 4 points
    Pjj

    When did you turn that corner?

    What @Incheck sais is very true however we have several large housing estates that most properties are £10 a go I do 7 per hour and my guys do 5 per hour so that’s very good money in my books , and we don’t move more than half a mile in a week , so £10 jobs are very worth while having if you have enough close to each other , and on a housing estate full of 3 bed semis you will struggle to get much more in a lot of places , I live in an affluent area but at £10 a go people will have them done at £12 a go they won’t I have tried over a number of years and 99% will say no at £12 but 90% will pay £10 , if however there is much traveling involved then £10 is not enough
  11. 4 points
    Pjj

    Being productive with down time

    From experience shops are a pain generally poor prices and all the other down sides already mentioned, the only ones we do are beacause we do the owners houses , that are very profitable. The only up side is that you get seen and people will approach you asking if you do there Street , and it’s done whatever the weather .
  12. 4 points
    Davy G

    Being productive with down time

    Personally, I don't take on shops anymore. Reasons: difficult parking, too many hazards with people walking by, people walking in and out, business owners can try to be bossy, and payment can be slow coming. I do some but good private customers are my preference.
  13. 4 points
    scottish cleaning service

    Anyone's add ons and bookings dried up

    The problem owners have is this:- Their roof begins to leak and they naturally call out the insurance guy. The insurance guy takes photos of their gutters and declines their claim because of non maintenance. Gutters are now big business because like moss on roofs they show up on the home report. Folk are now calling me to clear their gutters because their home is going up forsale.
  14. 3 points
    Philip Hardy

    How to make DI resin last longer ?

    I totally echo TWC, I make around 1500L a week and change my pre filters around every 4-5 months, The sediment is usually in a clear container and only needs changing when it is the colour of rust, Membranes can last 2-3 years and at your production level maybe longer, just flush them for 5 mins daily and for an hour monthly, after the initial purchase cost, your consumables will run at less than £80 a year and polishing DI water from 6ppm to zero could save you £400 a year in resin.
  15. 3 points
    TWC

    How to make DI resin last longer ?

    is there a reason your not using an RO system? Using twin di’s from 295ppm I’m not surprised your burning through resin. If RO isn’t an option you could get another DI and try a triple DI system?
  16. 3 points
    Part Timer

    Pricing, customers request house with conservatory

    When you're established and know most there is to know you can do this. Personally, if I were you, I would continue to get work at sensible prices and learn your trade as quickly as you can.
  17. 3 points
    spruce

    New Gardiner rinse bar

    I do like the rinse bar @keefo What I do find that its 'vunerable' mounted where it is from the brickwork above the top frame as well as brickwork on each side. So we need to keep pushing a sharp pin into the jets to stop them spraying at odd angles. My feeling is that it should be used with a swivel. However, the flow it produces isn't as localised as 2 pencil jets and so its more dificult to rinse bits off the glass such as spider web balls and grit. We are on the North Sea coast so it could be different with other inland windies. As with everything, there is no perfect solution for everything. I have the rinse bar but have retained the pencil jets so can just swap them around very quickly to suit.
  18. 3 points
    Joe Preston

    One off yearly student village clean.

    Cheers pjj.. I've decided not to do it.. it's too much of a big job for me on my own
  19. 3 points
    steve garwood

    Template for non payers

    So you walk away without payment leaving them to get another windie (could be after of any of us) to face the same problem. Don’t let them get away with it. I see it as a matter of pride. I’ve done the job, I’m getting my money
  20. 3 points
    Davy G

    WFP Tips and Tricks

    Yep, a very good point. While finishing the rinse on one window I step half way to the next one. Once finished the first with a double swipe of the sill, I swing the pole to the next one (with the water still running) and start the wash on that one while continuing to walk till I'm square under it. Keeps the whole thing moving, saves time, energy and water. A relatively loose grip on the pole, no need to try and wear a hole through the glass. Light pressure on the brush, let the bristles do their work. Put pressure on only when it's needed, ie bird muck. I use a Gardiner scraper for baked on stuff. To be fast and efficient it needs to be almost a dance.
  21. 3 points
    THL4KEL

    Advice on starting out

    Drainage issues can be quickly sorted by either a gutter vac or a mud sucker (attaches to lance, speak to Ben Mariot Rutland Pumps) not very expensive. Personally I prefer the gutter vac with a 50 meter hose attached and crevice tool. Very effective at clearing large volumes of water from between the blocks, speeds up drying out for sanding. I work Sat and Sunday if needed but start at 9am. Pre warn neighbours your coming so they can put away garden furniture or washing/car ect. Look for a secondhand Honda GX390 they will soon be for sale ideally you want a machine under warranty because people buy them in March and they take a hammering all summer long and if the pumps have not been looked after they are not cheap to replace, but if there is warranty you should be covered.
  22. 3 points
    BigFoot

    Nut job window cleaner

    So it finally happened, a nut job Window Cleaner started shouting at me. For how long I have no idea as I was listening to some well romantic Terence Trent D'Arby and was getting my washing grove on. When I realised shouting was directed at me I popped a ear-bud and had a listen, he was shouting up and Down the street what my prices were and how I’m not a proper window cleaner because I don’t clean from a ladder ( he had one on his shoulder For dramatic effect 😂 ) also shouting that I didn’t come from the area to which I replied I come from ... which is in the area ( like that matters anyhow). I told him to mind his own buisness and do one. Fast forward ten minutes he developed a second wind and bleated on that “your cleaning on my round”, that boiled my pi$$ but controlled myself to say something along the lines of ‘the customer chooses who cleans their property’, honestly can’t remember what I said next but I made it clear I’m not going anywhere. But this is what grips me the most, I've been working this area for the last two years, I have five days a month there always picking up customers, it’s a council est one of the rough Ones but I like it, I have never seen this cowboy 🤠 working the whole time! I understand he charges £5 front and back, I think he’s lost lots of customers to me, I don’t know as like I said this is a council est and every one has a few beer token boys and they crawl out on sunny days etc so can’t be sure but I hope he gets the message that someone regular with a bit of drive and charging at least 150% more than him is pulling his pants down while he is bleating like a hungry goat! 5 new customers booked on for regular cleans for me on “his round” just today! you have to laugh but that tested my blood pressure. Onwards and upwards!
  23. 3 points
    Davy G

    Being productive with down time

    I agree, retired folk make up a large part of our customer base. They will have paid off their mortgages and a lot of them will have worked at a time when there were proper company pensions. They also often have old fashioned standards in that they keep the home as tidy and neat as they can.
  24. 3 points
    adamangler

    When did you turn that corner?

    Yeh I used to think like that but now just see extra work as a chore, I'd rather just get home early or work 4 days a week (which is generally what i do I work Monday to Thursday) sure I could earn more money by working 5-6 days a week but then you don't have the time to enjoy it! I prefer the simplicity of a well organized window cleaning round to chasing after money.
  25. 3 points
    Wind o kleen

    Late payment / reminder charging?

    Stop wasting your time , dump them forget about it move on replace them , some cases you might have to replace the new customer but that’s part of this game , takes long time find good customers
  26. 3 points
    adamangler

    When did you turn that corner?

    For me I would say the 200 customer mark was when I felt comfortable. After that it's just a numbers game, how much do you want to earn. 100 was the break through number though as that was when I left my part time job and went full time in the business.
  27. 3 points
    Iron Giant

    Discount rather than first clean extra?

    I used to charge 50% more for first cleans and had done for a few years, but I now typically charge 100% more on first cleans, but I am fortunate that my rounds are now full.
  28. 2 points
    rafterys2003

    How to make DI resin last longer ?

    Hi Guys I really appreciate all the comments and you have convinced me that I need an RO system. Just checked Daqua £231 for the 450 but they seem to be out of stock so I might have to try Collins water products like TWC suggested. Im really sorry if I have frustrated anyone its just been a little confusing. Anyway I'm Definitely going to buy one and you guys have all been great. I just hope I can do the same for someone else at some point. Thanks
  29. 2 points
    Den

    New Gardiner rinse bar

    Loved the rinsebar especially the 35cm low flow on an extreme 35cm brush great combo. The 26cm was best suited to the ultimate medium but I had to raise the rinsebar slightly above the stock for the flow to go over the bristles. I have been trialing a prototype a 26cm very light brush that is (rinse-bar compatible and a dream to use works perfect) . i have recently taken the rinsebar of my brushes due to having bad tennis elbow had a steroid injection a few weeks ago but hasn’t worked as soon as my elbow is better I will be installing them again as already said you need a swivel with them to be effective and fast.
  30. 2 points
    Gav

    Guests on the forum

    Indeed and this has been discussed at length many times. In short we as any site rely on ranking in Google to get traffic and people finding and using the forum. If we shut it down and make it member only, then we essentially will be removing ourselves from all search engines. Basically if guests can not see content neither can Google or other search engines. No traffic means the site would only last as long as the current members interest.
  31. 2 points
    Part Timer

    big job to do with lots of small panes

    The milky white run downs are because they haven't been cleaned for a while and it's just the paint surface breaking down. Soft flocked brush with a full flow would sort it out in one wash, Personally wouldn't want to do a job, with lots of small panes, traditionally.
  32. 2 points
    scottish cleaning service

    Anyone's add ons and bookings dried up

    The moment one buys a van and begins to use it, a thought quickly comes to mind 'I should have bought a bigger one'
  33. 2 points
    mufcglen

    Which one? SLX or Extreme pole

    Great choice as long as you respect it and know that is not as solid as an slx you won’t go wrong but they are more solid than you think, they just wear out quicker but if your doing good money with one then its worth it in my opinion. i’d rather wear a £5-600 pole out every 12-15 months than wear my body out😂
  34. 2 points
    Alex Gardiner

    SLX-27 reduction

    They are very different poles to work with. To switch it down to about a 23ft pole you can remove section 5 & 6 and then fit a handle section 5 from an SLX22 - https://gardinerpolesystems.co.uk/all-products/water-fed-poles/pole-spares-sections/pole-section-spares-clx-slx-smax-xtreme/slx18-22-seriesii-replacement-sections.html There will be a short gap (when closed) between the base clamp #5 and the #4 clamp in use, but this will not affect its usability at all. Alternatively - You can remove sections 4-6 and fit a handle section #4 from an SLX18 and this will give you a 19ft pole to work with 😊
  35. 2 points
    GSS Window Cleaning

    Converting a brush

    After a sill DuPont
  36. 2 points
    P4dstar

    Round for sale Lymington

    it's not really a judgement @Matt brightside, its a fact that message boards and forums work because people contribute to them. The information wouldn't be there for someone else to take if people didn't have an input and if someone is just taking information without an input it may not be the best information for them. Similarly if a respected member comes to sell a round or some equipment people feel they can trust them and are more likely to buy it... But before all of this there was a reply in May you completely missed, @Iron Giant was responding to another reply and it took you nearly a month to notice.... Judgement indicates he is wrong?
  37. 2 points
    paul alan

    2 New Gardiner Brushes

    I know its a "thing" I've got. It keeps boredom from setting in too much, doing the same thing but in a slightly different way helps. It's no bother as the last 4 brushes I have bought have been extremes so light as...and I have started to auction off the unused. I sold a batch of four ultimate's on eBay for a surprisingly good price. I now have four x-line brushes I have hardly (3 great condition,1 bad) used going up soon. Cant wait to try this new kind of bristle.
  38. 2 points
    ks789

    Transfer deadline day.... How was yours?

    Its really impressive bournemouth being up there considering the ground capacity. I hope they manage to stay there, as it gives hope to other smaller clubs. Spirit triumphing over big bucks, gotta be good.
  39. 2 points
    Incheck

    Duplicate payment

    contact them and transfer it back. Some of these companies have got so many people in charge of payments and so much going out that its an easy mistake to make. I’ve had residential customers pay their credit card bill to us before, they were lucky i wasnt on holiday lol.
  40. 2 points
    Cookie

    Being productive with down time

    Why don't you canvass during the day? If nobody's in drop a leaflet through the letterbox & canvass later that day. Roughly 20% of the UK population are retired & you'll generally get no payment problems with OAPs. If you get a 'yes' do the job there & then. There must be areas where you live where there are predominately older people (ie: estates where there are bungalows etc...)
  41. 2 points
    Eric Gilliand

    what happened to herman?

    LOL. He must be a masochist. Posts over there, takes his shirt off, kneels on the ground and cheerfully accepts the inevitable flogging 🙈
  42. 2 points
    scottish cleaning service

    windows scratched and no reason why.

    Glass does scratch and its just one of those things. Are you sure they are fresh because usually they are there and you have just noticed them now?
  43. 2 points
    Pjj

    Opinions on transit connect please

    As with all fords look out for rust
  44. 2 points
    scottish cleaning service

    When did you turn that corner?

    I focus on £30 an hour, so a 3/4 bedroom detached house is £15 and will take me half an hour. Semi-detached house will be £10 to £12 and should take 20mins. That's how I price my work and it seems to work but I clean nearly everything like garage door and handrails on balconies. I even clean the small glass shelter above the front door which usually has moss on it. No customer has complained yet, probably because there's nothing to complain about. With both adults working they don't have the time to clean things outside and happy to pay someone to do it.
  45. 2 points
    Rowan

    When did you turn that corner?

    You need to tell customers you do monthly cleans , less customers needed and its easier to do just maintenance cleans once a month . Sure the weather may hold you back and even taking a break /' holiday will but explain that to all your customers and they will be there year after year for you.
  46. 2 points
    steve garwood

    Which one? SLX or Extreme pole

    There’s several members on here that use extremes as an every day pole and they last if looked after properly (flush them through with water at the end of each day). I changed 2 SLX22 poles to 2 extreme 22 poles a couple of months back. Glad I did. Much less aching at the end of each day and lovely to work with. I mentioned this a while back on here, my worker, Jake, said going from the SLX to the xtreme was like going from a scaffold pole to a bamboo 👍
  47. 2 points
    steve garwood

    Picked my new van up, advice needed

    Haven’t got a proper printed one, but this is how the wiring goes
  48. 2 points
    Dino

    When did you turn that corner?

    Hi mate. Seems like we have started roughly the same time. I totally understand how tight it must be for you. All I can say mate is canvass every day you can. Keep yourself busy. It stops you from becoming negative and not believing you can do it. If you keep busy canvassing it will work for you. Just takes time mate. Keep giving us your experiences on here. I think reading other noobies experiences helps me too! Cheers Dino
  49. 2 points
    Incheck

    When did you turn that corner?

    just to add. Even if your new £20 customer is next door to your old £10 customer, dont worry about it, if they question it, just be honest and say “when i first started business i made some catastrophic miscalculations, and i soon realised i couldn’t keep taking on work at the same rates/frequencies” honesty is the best policy if they dont like it then worst comes to worst they drop you (in which case i doubt they will as youve spoken the truth, they also know they may not find another reliable windy for an age) also someone 6 doors up or 16 doors up takes you on and by then its not next door neighbors anymore its people who i seriously doubt talk to each other. Most people only have contact with their most “direct” neighbors dont let anyone muscle you out of or talk you out of what you need to do take every hit on the chin and dont accept a knock out blow to be the end of things there is always better prospects out there sometimes just takes a lot of patience. You can strike many rocks in the world with no success but somewhere along the way you may just find a diamond, coal, gold...
  50. 2 points
    Nudel

    filling your tank from an ibc

    You won't save that much more resin when going slow. Shaking the vessels can help out a bit. Going RO might save money in the long run, and is also when an ibc really makes sense. I don't think you'll make the investment back in resin usage if you invest in the ibc and pumps needed. Have you considered filling the van with tap water and having the DI in the van, purifying as you go? Then you can fill up wherever you are. Here is the setup in my van for auto fill.
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