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  1. 5 points
    Part Timer

    Neighbours right to complain?

    Can you not just tell them your plans, offer them a discounted window clean for their help if they are unsure. Get a good booster pump and it will take you a couple of hours.
  2. 5 points
    Ana

    Cleaning Gloves

    Love my Showa 282 gloves from eBay, cost £25 but man do they keep your hands warm even in really cold and wet conditions
  3. 4 points
    Pjj

    Husband considering career change

    Its nice to be able to help people less fortunate than yourself and we do some cheap jobs for oaps etc and evan free bees occasionally if there is a need but when starting out you need to be able to pay your own bills be careful you arnt taking on underpriced work as it will soon become a millstone round your neck , I don’t want to be negative but you need to go round to each job look at it and evaluate if it’s priced right , if the guy is about to retire maybe he was doing it for pocket money , no mortgage etc , it’s a totally different world when you rely on it to pay all bills , mortgage, bring up kids and so the list goes on , Ime sure most of it would be ok to start with it’s a foot up the ladder but you don’t want to be servicing underpriced work , when I started over 20 years ago I was a very busy fool beacause I underpriced work , I was very naive, I have now got a very good priced round but it took a long to get it there .
  4. 3 points
    Part Timer

    why would people not use hot water??????

    As I've already said paying £5k+ for a Webasto type hot water system isn't value for money. 90+% of our work is maintenance work where you don't need hot water, and it makes no difference whatsoever if you do use it. It also makes the majority of glass appear hydrophobic. Where it is very good is on very dirty windows, including coastal windows that are quite often salty. It is also very good on add ons, fascia etc If I had the knowledge I have now I would do one of 2 things Firstly I would look at an Immersion heater if I had a van filtration system. If I filtered into an IBC I would look at buying a hotbox and heat the water when transferring it into the tank. The above 2 will give you hot water at a fraction of the price of a Webasto heater. .
  5. 3 points
    BigFoot

    Cleaning Gloves

    Put them on inside out and use washing detergent and clean as if you were washing your hands. Once you rinse them leave them to dry inside out and turn them the correct way once dry, I find it prevents them from separating. Best glove I’ve found for WFP.
  6. 3 points
    wezza13

    Husband considering career change

    Good luck to you (and your husband) starting out. Whilst it's true that there are negatives to overcome, the positives far outweigh them and it's a very rewarding job when done right 👍
  7. 2 points
    Davy G

    Neighbours right to complain?

    Fair enough. I'm just wary of giving power to people. 🙂👍
  8. 2 points
    Rickadoo

    I have white marks on my windows

    Sometimes when bay windows don’t have gutters above them then rain etc (or pure water if the window above has been cleaned) will gather on the flat roof above the bay and then run down the glass.
  9. 2 points
    wezza13

    Bit rough on the coast today

    £35 all day long down here every 4 weeks
  10. 2 points
    maxbruffell

    Starting a window cleaning business. HELP!

    I think there is nothing wrong with building your own round, in fact I think if you have the drive and time it’s a way better way to do it. You can build and price it the way you want that way. A lot of rounds that get sold seem to be underpriced so you won’t have to deal with that!
  11. 1 point
    Ana

    Extreme 22 or 25

    I don't use the extreme on my three storie new builds @P4dstar as I'm a bit shorter than you and can't quite get enough length, given it's a 22ft. If it were a 25ft then I'd say I should just about reach. As for them being fragile etc ive not found that to be overly the case but mine is preowned and therefore much cheaper than the £600 quoted above, so I don't mind throwing mine around a bit and getting replacement sections if required. Touch wood not poles have snapped so far but I've found a few cracks at the base of a few, nothing to overly worry about imo.
  12. 1 point
    NoName

    Best company Water fed pole??

    Voice of wisdom that.. Like shoes and wine buy the most expensive you can afford... Right i'm off to buy an extreme 35 😎
  13. 1 point
    Part Timer

    What chemical to kill moss on metal roof

    They will probably be aluminium which tends to be inert to most things apart from oxygen I'm no chemical expert though but finding out what the tiles are made of would help.
  14. 1 point
    scottish cleaning service

    Neighbours right to complain?

    I have the same predicament but I go out after 7pm and take the hose back in around 10pm. I like this time because I feel like wee wullie winkie with no one walking about and are usually watching the soaps. Had my first encounter with a Mrs Angry today. I clean my website guy's windows but he is top flat of 3. I just parked my van and she was out nipping my heed that I wet the guy above and her windows when I cleaned his the last time. I said okay I will clean yours and the guy above for free and she was okay with it. Her and the guy above get theres done every month so they were not that dirty. If I didn't she was going to get the window cleaning police on to me so anything for an easy life. 🙄
  15. 1 point
    Pjj

    Gutter vac users

    Quite agree that’s another reason to get the interceptor no electric of any sort needed total weight of 68-70 kg with ramps it’s a doddle to get in and out of van on your own , I can lift the front up into the van on my own without Ramps and easily lift the back end up and push it in also , so either way it’s far easier than a vac and genie set up , we still use the little 240 volt Grippatank one for small shop fronts and difficult back access jobs .
  16. 1 point
    P4dstar

    why would people not use hot water??????

    Clicked on this to write the same thing 😂
  17. 1 point
    Part Timer

    why would people not use hot water??????

    I would very much doubt a diesel boiler would change it much, apart from it adding £5k to the value of van. Gas boiler would be different in my opinion.
  18. 1 point
    RyeCleanLiam

    How many leaflets over a year?

    Could be me that misheard TBF lol I know he defo said his aim was 20 vans 😂
  19. 1 point
    Tango

    why would people not use hot water??????

    Cos i work from a back pack lol. @Alex Gardiner hot water back pack with remote.. those are features needed for V4 lol
  20. 1 point
    Pjj

    How to stop this

    We use 25 meters plus we regularly use 75 foot poles ,and if you dint allow enough extra hose you will be lifting the microbore off the ground and when you need to change any fittings or get any damage to the pole hose it won’t be long enough to cut off damaged ends etc , it’s also useful as you have a total hose length of 125-130 meters of hose very useful when doing large commercial work , and on domestics you don’t need to take the microbore around the back of the property pole hose is a lot lighter and easier to manage we find it works well having the extra length of it on the reel . You don’t need to buy there kit it’s easy to do your own the only thing you need to buy is the ejector sleeve
  21. 1 point
    ks789

    3mm pencil jets.

    Ive never dried with a towel after doing fsg. Didnt seem to be a problem, also would add loads to their bill.
  22. 1 point
    Iron Giant

    3mm pencil jets.

    I prefer the softer bristles also that they hold more water than mono bristles, I rinse on and off the glass
  23. 1 point
    CHWS

    How to stop this

    Personally I would bin that pole hose. My Gardiner pole hose done the exact same. You need to go tubeless and when it coils you disconnect and reel in and the coils become undone
  24. 1 point
    Cghwindowcleaning

    Grippa Tank Question

    They will probably charge you for a bit of labour time.I know it's an added expense but if they fit the whole lot you will have a full warranty on the full system.In the unlikely event something does go wrong they will sometimes come to you or talk you through it on the phone. When ordering it's best to try and speak to Oliver or Lisa the guy that answers the phone can be very slow at getting back or provide you with the answers you need. If you have trouble making the order I may be able to forward you their email or send them a direct message on here as it may be Oliver who monitors it @GrippaTANK
  25. 1 point
    dazmond

    Grippa Tank Question

    yes they will.....theyll basically custom fit anything....you just need to explain clearly what you want on the phone to them..... they fitted my 100 psi pump out of my pumpbox into a retro fit 9kw hot water system bolted on to my pure freedom tank and frame
  26. 1 point
    Iron Giant

    3mm pencil jets.

    I couldn't get away with 3mm jets, been using a new brush the past week or so with the new jets and to be honest the flow is greater/faster than the brass 1.4mm jets, my thinking is you would have to run your pump almost flat out and end up using more water than necessary if just doing normal houses away from the coast.
  27. 1 point
    THL4KEL

    3mm pencil jets.

    Universal - stiff 35cm - 2/2mm pencil jets.
  28. 1 point
    Baldmonkey

    Should of stayed in bed

    Mate bad luck, chin up it was a goose neck and not you, hope things improve 👍
  29. 1 point
    spruce

    Split charge - What is different post 2015

    I'm guessing it doesn't have regen braking either. You said it was the 2.0 liter version. I understand that they have now discontinued the 2.0l engine.
  30. 1 point
    kevinc250

    Husband considering career change

    on the face of it, that's not such a bad buy, if this were true figures then 15 days a month and only working 4 hours a day relates to just a tad over £25 per hour so with tom being younger and fitter he should in time get quicker and take that hourly rate up to £30 per hour, the guy is retiring and as I have found when buying these types of rounds the work is usually the better paid/easiest and the nicest of customers as he'll have sacked or sold off the bad stuff to make way for a relaxing wind down to retirement. intresting way to look at these 200 customers when were the gutters last cleaned out?. are the facias and soffits clean?. are the pathways or patios slippy and dirty?. you could have another income stream from day one without the hassle of advertising or door knocking etc etc. the equipment that's included could very well be a trolly or a backpack and an old fibre glass pole with a really slow producing ro so factor in 1k just for new equipment/ workwear etc. i'm coming to the understanding that tom doesn't know your on a forum seeking advice to help you both in what is a major decision and well done mrs c for biting the bullet and asking for advice personally, if the above figures are correct along with the 4 hour day i'd go for it but if, and only if the business or round was sold at a reasonable price 4 maybe 5 times its monthly value is what I would call reasonable equipment value could be a few thousand or a few hundred depending on what it is, work on the theory that you'll need a van for tom to go to work in as its much more professional looking and better for carrying allsorts of things that may be needed as work expands.
  31. 1 point
    P4dstar

    Split charge - What is different post 2015

    I'll snap a pic of under the seat, I think it would be alright, it's not quite how it sounds. With regards to the regenerative test, could I not just drive a few miles, pull up and then test the voltage going through the starter battery? If its down at 12.4 then its regenerative and if its 13.9 its not???
  32. 1 point
    Dave B

    UBIK OR SCREWFIX DEGREASER

    The screwfix stuff is a lot better. You could use it neat and get no orange stains and rinses off a lot easier. I've tried everything possible and if you don't want to use hypo on upvc screwfix degreaser is your best option imo.
  33. 1 point
    Part Timer

    How to go about taking someone on to work from another van?

    You said you were going to employ them, not subcontract. There are differing thoughts about subcontracting work out but if you're supplying the van, tools and work then you aren't subcontracting you are employing them and will have to pay the above. You can do what others do and take the chance but if your worker fell out with you and reported you, you will be in trouble, financially.
  34. 1 point
    Part Timer

    My first couple of months

    No one said it would be easy but it looks like you have the right work ethos to succeed. Good luck and hope the next update is upbeat and positive.
  35. 1 point
    Part Timer

    Newbie advice please

    Where do you get this from, there's company's round me that charge £30 an hour for time served electricians. You're talking about £75 an hour for semi skilled labourers.
  36. 1 point
    spruce

    Split charge - What is different post 2015

    We all have strengths and weaknesses. This is why I find these forums fascinating. I can honestly say that I get more from here than I give. I have always said that when it comes to the likes of Alex Gardiner. Doug Atkinson and a few unnamed others, what I still have to learn is what they have forgotten. The design brain of Steve Jones has me in awe. To see something working and find another application for it is truly amasing. Who would have looked at the operation of a Parker ball point pen and copied it in the Univalve for it to work so successfully. I love the operation of mechanical things, so this comes easier to me than it might someone else. But when it comes to electronics, my mind 'melts'. I watch Diagnose Dan on Youtube trying to understand how he manages to read codes and focus in on a fault on cars coming into his workshop is just over my head. But give me an engine to strip down and rebuild; in my younger days that was child's play. Try to find my way around my Android Smart phone is a real challenge for me.
  37. 0 points
    Clearview Lee

    how does everyone feed power into the van?

    Same as that! 👍🏼 Keep burning it, so new van every 6 months or so, but hey, brand new van all the time! 😁 happy days
  38. 0 points
    scottish cleaning service

    Best company Water fed pole??

    Aye, I was saying to the sale's girl that bars on windies should be for prisons only. she answered quietly don't shout that out I'm trying to sell these flats. 😂
  39. 0 points
    Iron Giant

    Newbie advice please

    @scottish cleaning service needs ignoring sometimes, pretty sure he plucks stuff out of the air
  40. 0 points
    Iron Giant

    Newbie advice please

    Looks like @Part Timer on that balcony, looking for tips 😅
  41. 0 points
    Dave B

    Public Liability Insurance

    I pay 17 quid a month for 2m cover with gleaming. It sounds expensive but it is the most comprehensive policy I have found so well worth it imo. I was paying 15 quid for 1m but very easy to upgrade online if needed later. It covers losing customers keys and locksmiths etc and also forgetting to lock up a premises and then they get robbed. For the work I do for landlords etc that is perfect as I have a bunch of customers keys.
  42. 0 points
    Dave B

    moerman liquidator replacement rubber?

    Razr is all I use and been using the liquidators since before their release for sale. Cut it tight to the end of the clips and perfect. If it seems not tight enough either stick a 4mn piece of paper clip in the gap by the lump on the rubber in the end clips (look on polz n bladz youtube vids) or heat the end clip in a cup of boiling water and squeeze the round bit of clip a bit tighter with pliers and that will hold it. Haven't used moerman rubber since the first couple of weeks using them. I love moerman gear but even their blue rubber I was testing made specifically for the liquidator wasn't great.. definitely needs to be razr red. Made in the same place as moerman rubber.. same stuff lol
  43. 0 points
    Dave B

    Nut job window cleaner

    Just tell him to do one if you see him again. I had a bad experience once with a competitor in the area and it resulted in me getting a broken nose when he pulled my door open and kicked me in the face. Now I have a bat in the back of my van and wouldn't hesitate to use it if someone had a pop at me. Not having anyone try to tell me where I can or can't work. Had someone else have a go and threatened me.. asked him has he got a box to stand on as you need to be a bit bigger than you are if you want to try it on lol. On a serious note the police are only a phone call away if you are getting grief.
  44. 0 points
    Dave B

    Screwfix no nonsense heavy duty degreaser.

    Cowboy springs to mind Must be a friend of kevin smiths
  45. 0 points
    Dave B

    200 litre water butt advice

    Wickes do them for 20 quid at the mo.. 210l i think. Will fill a 25l drum using gravity in about 3 minutes. You can get the stand for it which keeps it high enough to fill drums for a tenner.
  46. 0 points
    Dave B

    Go carefull on the ladders guys

    Had microlite and ankalad on previous 8.5m triples and have used at full height. Sold them when I went wfp but decided to get some more for the odd gutter job. On ebay now as I have too much softwash/pressure washing to need gutters anyway.
  47. 0 points
    Dave B

    Go carefull on the ladders guys

    @Adams0211 go carefull mate on your gutter cleans Was good footings dug in to the grass. The roof was a bit slippy and just lost my footing with 1 foot on the ladder and 1 on the roof. Glad I had 1 on the roof as catching my foot is what saved me I am sure.
  48. 0 points
    Dave B

    Fitting an inline TDS meter

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/John-Guest-Speedfit-Angle-Stop-Valve-15mm-x-15mm-x-1-4-Pushfit-Tee-ASV3/301126336893?hash=item461c87417d:g:-OMAAOSwRNpdUYOS
  49. 0 points
    Dave B

    What day do u all break up and return?

    Thoughts are with you fella. Seen it a lot in my family and it's a cnut of an illness. I'll have a beer for you at xmas. Chin up as it sounds like you got it in time so you'll be back before you know it. Pity you're not nearer or I would help you out with work. You ain't seen me topless lol. Used to be A six pack now it's a barrell😅 Stop the gym and suddenly all that muscle starts to turn to wobbly stuff .
  50. 0 points
    Dave B

    Wfp in high 2inds

    I travel very far for softwash and pressure washing jobs but only local for window cleaning. The aim being next year someone else doing the windows full time and me doing other jobs. I now live 30 miles from where I grew up in London but have recently picked up a contract in Hampstead for 2 nursing homes to do pressure washing once a year and windows quarterly which I will do myself. Well worth it to do so why restrict yourself geographically? 2 jobs at about 400 quid both done in 2 days.. why would you not do it? Even if I payed my mate £80 a day to help i'm quids in. 160 out for 800 in for 2 days work. But what do I know @dazmond? Obviously you know how to run a business and we don't. I got a job tomorrow for half a day.. 30 mile'ish drive for some flats that on my own will earn 350 quid between 8am and 12 and then drive back and do some houses.. I think we know what we are doing lol.
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