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  1. 12 points
    Suhrly

    Anybody else hate the summer?

    Surely I can't be the only one who has come to hate working in the summer!?! The heat, the sweat, the sunburn, the flies, the insects, the webs. Getting in absolutely knackered from the heat. Customers coming out saying, 'You must be loving this weather?' As sweat is dripping off every inch of my body and I'm on the verge of keeling over. Actually, Keith, no I'm bloody well NOT enjoying this weather! Sure, I prefer it over not getting out to work at all due to rain or snow or whatever, but give me an overcast little bit on the chilly side day in March any day! 😂
  2. 8 points
    Clisty1989

    New van, little excited 😁

    Finally after 2 years of thinking about it I'm picking up my new van in 2 weeks 😁. 2011 kangoo full DIY system already in it. Although the tanks only a 200l I'll have a few quid left to buy a 350/400l. Needs a few things doing, like ripping out the old plywood and waterproofing the back, and the controller reading battery error with new leisure battery. Suffice to say I'm a little excited 😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁
  3. 6 points
    Pjj

    Anybody else hate the summer?

    Lol funny you say that this is where I was this afternoon 😂😂
  4. 5 points
    AGlassAct

    Water heating wfp system

    I used to rave about the LPG heaters, they are cheap to buy, install and run (if you have a decent supplier close by). I’ve had two in my van - both have caught fire. I was adamant at the time a CE marked heater would be quality tested and safe to use but they (eBay ones) are poorly assembled cheap Chinese rubbish. I’ll dig out a picture of the last one that self destructed - basically the wiring melted inside and ‘smoked a little!!!’ id imagine a ‘mobile’ LPG heater would suffer with flame blowout quite a lot unless it was housed in some form of case. If I was tempted to do it again I’d get a proper caravan type LPG boiler. With regards to hot water - I wouldn’t be without it. I use mine all year round. Does it clean better - no, more thoroughly- most definitely! I’ve gone back to jobs that I’ve done first cleans on with cold and been amazed by the dirt that’s come out of all the seals and gaps. I use a diesel webasto heater in my van but still think the most reliable and simplistic way of heating water is by a van mounted immersion heater (installed correctly and with adequate house electrics)
  5. 4 points
    Nudel

    Advice on increasing prices....... carefully?

    Do a calculation. If you double your prices you can afford to loose half your customers. I usually like to do it on the last invoice of the year. "New price in 2020: 15£". Never had a complaint that way.
  6. 4 points
    kevinc250

    Telescopic ladders

    they are called the widowmakers @david k, apart from the locking sections not locking/ trapping fingers when you reduce sections theres a very very small amount of surface area on the base that actually touches the floor, I tried these years ago and quickly weighed them in for scrap as I couldn't live with myself if I sold them on. one day that ladder will collapse on you-i'd lay money on that tango, just get rid of it as soon as you can, buy a roof rack they are quite cheap and a decent ladder and you will be a whole lot safer
  7. 4 points
    Ana

    Anybody else hate the summer?

    Your not alone @Suhrly I must admit my ideal cleaning day is a mild overcast day, no rain just patchy cloud, not to hot not to cold.......... you know typical British summers day 😂.
  8. 4 points
    Iron Giant

    Water heating wfp system

    I'll jump in here, not sure where or how old the info is, but it should be 100% first time every time, yes there is the potential of the odd bit of spotting even after 20 cleans as we all make mistakes every once in a while.
  9. 3 points
    Incheck

    cancelling sunday drinks coz of the heat tomorrow.

    i said goodbye to boozing sessions about 4 years ago, and bye to the ciggies 3 & a half years ago. I got bored of waking up on a sunday with a heavy head, overweight and feeling like death. I missed out on a lot too looking back. I have grandparents to visit, my parents to visit, my partner & my son need me, i’m 30 but i really feel there’s more to life. Home and family are the two most important things and id hate to think id miss out on any of that. I’ll have the odd beer once in a blue moon maybe but i could happily stay off it altogether. meeting a group of mates on bank holiday august weekend but will probably only have one or two as im doing a big family bbq the next day and cant be setting that up pie eyed 🤪
  10. 3 points
    Pjj

    cancelling sunday drinks coz of the heat tomorrow.

    As a rule rule of thumb the body removes 1 unit per hour ,but and it’s a big but there are so many variables that this shouldn’t be used as a reliable guide for driving as all the following will affect you . level of hydration what you have eaten Are you well rested or tired level of fitness age temperature and humidity what you have drunk ,(is it all the same or a mixture of different types of alcohol strength of the alcohol time period it’s consumed over this is not an exhaustive list there are many other contributing factors , if you want to be sure if you are fit to drive buy the alcohol breath test kits that you have to carry if driving in France they can be bought from Halfords and other motoring factors this will be a far more accurate way of knowing . Ime sure no one wants tk be done for drink driving or killing someone whilst under the influence, Sadly after 30 years in the Fireservice the vast majority of fatal RTC we attended alcohol was a factor in what happened, enjoy yourselves but think of yourself and others before driving a taxi or friend picking you up is a much better and safer alternative for everyone
  11. 3 points
    Iron Giant

    cancelling sunday drinks coz of the heat tomorrow.

    Still having a drink, just having my first one after having too much yesterday, bit of graft down the allotment this morning and back down this afternoon as it's overcast today, But the killer day for the heat looks to be Wednesday 28c
  12. 3 points
    Den

    Auto rewind hose reel

    I have two hd reels and I know another windy around here as a PF reel and the PF reel looks bigger than the hd reel to me. The overspin is now a thing of the past. Once I had the hose jump over the disc pole hose as I’m tubeless (that’s with over 3 years of use) not a big deal. Both reel are well made and both do the same job. just buy one or the other and you will be amazed how much easier your day is especially with the coming heat forecasted.
  13. 3 points
    spruce

    Water heating wfp system

    This subject has been covered in depth before, so a search will bring up a number of threads. There is a video on Youtube as well. Fitting an emersion heater into your tank can have catastrophic consquences if you get it wrong - like setting fire to your house. No disrespect intended, but by reading between the lines to your questions, I would say that this is way out of your depth. I would emphatically advise you to employ the services of an electrician to fit a proper outside socket and wiring it to your consumer board that will carry the additional current. You will also need a 16amp extension lead from the wall socket to your van. A 3kw emersion heater element draws a higher electrical current that a 13amp plug and extension cable can provide. DON'T DO IT, PLEASE.
  14. 3 points
    Part Timer

    What length pole?

    This would also depend if the top floor windows are set back in the roof, if they aren't and it's a relatively modern building then a 25' should reach. Can you not just go along and see how far below the 18' is and judge from there. Going to feel a bit silly turning up with your brand new £300 pole and it doesn't reach 😃
  15. 3 points
    paul alan

    Windowsill gap and 100 degree gardiner jets!!!

    Oh, and what are doing trying to learn WFP with fan jets? Do yourself a huge favour and get some 2mm pencil jets, life will be so much easier for you mate.
  16. 3 points
    james82

    Anybody else hate the summer?

    I love the heat. You guys must be crazy. Winter carries in forever in the this country. So it can get a bit hot to work by 2. I just start on bottom windows around 7 and move upstairs at 8. (This works when you have a lot of fronts close together albeit) Over £100 done by 10. I'll guarantee I'm in the beer garden by 2 or taking my kids out somewhere nice after school. Hell we could be stuck in an office
  17. 3 points
    Alex Gardiner

    New pole CLX gardener

    It sounds like either one of the jet hoses or the gooseneck orange hose is not fully pushed into the brush T Connector on the back of the brush head.
  18. 3 points
    Pjj

    First week(ish) in!!

    Well done, answer to your questions 1 . There is no figure that can be given for this as there are so many variables 2. Cant remember but I was canvassing 5 hours a day and there wasn’t many cleaners in my area so picked up a lot in a short time . 3.yes you are quite correct and they will probably take half the time on the second clean so you will be able to do a lot more work once the initial clean is done ,and use a lot less water
  19. 3 points
    Pjj

    Best way to arrange customers and best planner app

    We don’t use software , just spread sheets , bit old fashioned in this day and age but they cannot freeze , be lost ,no monthly subscriptions, and easily altered by a techno dinosaur like myself 😂😂😂
  20. 3 points
    chris clean

    Advice on increasing prices....... carefully?

    The first time I ever raised my prices I was almost asking customers if it was ok which looking back was stupid but I was only in business for a year and frightened of losing people. A few years down the line and knowing how quick I pick up new work and extras this time I just put a note on invoices. I have raised my prices slightly so from next time your price will be £xx. Didn't have a single customer drop. Also had a few I resented doing cos I had initially quoted too low so I put them up by a few quid some in the hope they may cancel but all just paid new amount next clean
  21. 3 points
    paul alan

    Spotting on the 5th clean

    They are running down from the frame above, the water is getting in the gap and running down after you have gone. Do the top half of the window first and go do the door or something for a few minutes, then go back and stuff a cloth right up in the frame/seal and run it up and down until there is no water left in there. Then clean the bottom half of the window and you'll be spotfree! Also, be careful when cleaning the top frame of the top half of the window, as water can run down the sides and creep along the mid frame and wait there till you've gone before running down the pane in the bottom half of the window. If you can reach, run a cloth along the top of the frame after cleaning just to make sure. Or simply dont get above the top frame wet.
  22. 3 points
    Pjj

    Need advice on a purification system.

    Ah I assumed it was brand new not second hand @spruce you are right if that’s the case better off buying new didn’t think about it being used 😬😬😬 Looking at the add again it clearly says used !!!! Missed that bit 😂😬😂😬
  23. 3 points
    Haz

    Anybody else hate the summer?

    I prefer no sun i prefer just a nice cool day with a nice breeze that is the perfect window cleaning day for me 😄 We also get more rain in the spring/summer then we do in Autumn/Winter i gathered 😮 so the cold months are not so bad. The only 2 cold months in the year are January & Ferbruary(very bad) , once it gets to March again you have spring to look forward to, Novemeber and December are always pretty mild and they go fast because of the run up to christmas.
  24. 3 points
    Incheck

    Anybody else hate the summer?

    Its my least favourite time of year to work also. everythings twice as hard to clean as well because it's baked & dried on/ no rain to have pre softened any dirt. The heat drains my energy & i struggle in anything over 20, burn very easily too as i’m fair. I wear long sleeved t-shirts which helps a lot otherwise i’m spending a small fortune on factor 50 every week. Only takes me 20 mins to go red raw.
  25. 2 points
    Incheck

    Benz tornado cleanze

    Hi all, one for the softwashers, if you ever have stubborn black spot after you’ve softwashed i highly recommend this stuff benz have just developed. It comes in a Gel form, you paint it on to the slabs and the remaining black spot disappeared within 3 minutes today. Very good on areas with stubborn green algae as well
  26. 2 points
    Incheck

    cancelling sunday drinks coz of the heat tomorrow.

    Yeah it just works for some people. Some families are more the “pub going” type more than others i guess. My nan and gramps on my dad’s side had regular nights up the legion and bingo etc and my old man used to like his pubs and a drink but hes been advised not to drink at all now as he has too much iron in his blood and has to have blood withdrawn once a fortnight. I used to love it to be fair but i had to make a change as my health was in a right state and i thought right if im quitting the ciggies the last place i need to be is a pub. one of my old chef mates has just got out of hospital now he was a proper party head. Hes 55 now but all his life hes worked drank and partied, heavy smoker also. His chest finally gave warning signs and had to have a minor operation. I said to him to get an allotment or something and spend some more time with his mum as shes getting on now, he agrees he just cant do the lifestyle any more 🤷‍♂️
  27. 2 points
    Squeaky Clean Windows

    non return valve

    Yeah i will aim to fit it low against front of the tank and just strap it to tank as i have the pump and controller mounted to aboard hopefully this will work. Thanks
  28. 2 points
    Den

    Auto rewind hose reel

    I use a 110a two pumps and two reels the reels are permanently connected, I use a smart battery charger which is connected every night battery never been under 12.6.
  29. 2 points
    Davy G

    non return valve

    If it's any help, I fitted a non return valve about six inches above the tank outlet. My theory being to hold as much water as possible in the system above the nrv. My nrv is nylon but I expect the result should be the same. No airlocks since fitting. Touch wood. All my problems prior to fitting the nrv were down to air being sucked in on the suction side, before the pump. The tiniest amount can cause havoc.
  30. 2 points
    doug atkinson

    RO Algae build up

    Will find why, first I’ve come across this
  31. 2 points
    Heinge55

    If Window cleaners had Anthems.

    +2 for this band.
  32. 2 points
    Pjj

    RO Algae build up

    It’s probably just in the clear pipe if it’s exposed to sunlight it will grow algy that’s why most water tanks are black to stop this , if you are worried about it take the end of the ro and have a look at the membrane
  33. 2 points
    AGlassAct

    Windowsill gap and 100 degree gardiner jets!!!

    The type of jet is a personal choice- same as brush preference. I’ve always used fan jets and never had an issue. I use pencil jets on FSG jobs as I find them better to blast off spiders webs. I’ve had issues with the 100 degree fan jets - they seem to block REALLY easily, since I’ve switched back to 50 degree jets I’ve not had any issue. With regards to the dreaded gap between the sill and window - get one of these (picture below) I’ve used them for years and save no end of time. Use the hook to scrape the main crud out and follow it up with the brush end with water flowing in the gap at the same time. The newer ones don’t seem to last all that long compared to the old ones but at £2 a pop they are ideal
  34. 2 points
    Tango

    Help required with this trolley system

    Couple of hours with the spray paint and the trolley will be looking good too!
  35. 2 points
    jack b

    Reverse osmosis system or not?

    I had a call from Spotless this morning funnily enough wanting me to try their new pure water installation in Cardiff. Quoted me 3.5p pl . Its too far to travel for me to make it work but its nice to have an option if your system breaks down or something i guess. I use double DI vessels as the TDS water readings are quite low here to start with out of the tap..
  36. 2 points
    spruce

    Reverse osmosis system or not?

    You must have a quality TDS meter to check that the water you are buying is pure @Justin1. This are available from Gardiners, Daqua, etc. My advice is to stay away from cheap copies from Ebay. Some work, some don't. https://gardinerpolesystems.co.uk/all-products/pure-water-systems/water-treatment/tds-ez-water-quality-test-meter-by-hm-digital.html
  37. 2 points
    Part Timer

    New Gardiners twist valve.

    Personally think this, potentially, will be better when you're working at height, 50'+. At this height you won't be using a swivel. Otherwise I doubt it will be as effective as a univalve
  38. 2 points
    Col

    Preventing dripping on large open inside windows

    I do a lot of these nowdays. It seems to be all the rage with new builds to have door sized windows instead of traditional sized windows. Even with the applicator under the squeeguee and a thick soap it is hard not to drip onto floor or carpets so i take dust sheet into these jobs. Bear in mind if the windows are filthy the water is going to be black dripping off them and another fashion these days is for cream carpets in the bedrooms. I cut a dust sheet in half and the customers think it is a nice touch that you are being careful around their house.
  39. 2 points
    Iron Giant

    Water heating wfp system

    I really don't see 2 men lifting that in out of a van easily, let alone you lifting it in and out the back of your car on your own, plus the health and safety implications for you transporting it in your car and if you would be insured to do so. Pointless making an investment on something like that, hot water is a luxury not a necessity, many of us have managed over 10 years using cold water even in the worst of winters
  40. 2 points
    Pjj

    Advice on increasing prices....... carefully?

    We love big detached houses , manor houses ,national trust, English heritage etc nice earners £40-250 depending on size wish we had a lot more , here’s a couple we do .
  41. 2 points
    J and S

    Removing gooseneck from pole.

    Did it with a length of copper pipe pushed inside first section and knocked out cheers for advice guys.
  42. 2 points
    spruce

    Water heating wfp system

    Poor quality/old UPVC window frames also oxidise. Our lounge windows are a prime example. After they have been cleaned, some droplets on the frame absorb the white chalky surface and then combine with others and run down the glass leaving a line of white spots down the glass. Its done this for 15 years. The windows are south facing and get most of the sun. The same windows at the back that don't get much sun are fine. We did a first clean yesterday at we had milky coloured rinse water. The first clean took a little longer than usual but once we had finished they were 'perfect.' We usually find the best way to handle first cleans is a good frame and glass scub, then rinse well and leave to dry. Then come back and do glass only. 99% of the time this leaves a near perfect result. We usually return a couple of hours later and thoroughly inspect the clean. It was advise given on a forum to tell the customer that it would take a few cleans to get a good result, but its a cop out for not doing the job properly first time. There are too many window cleaners in my opinion who do a 'splash and dash' job. I quick whip around the house, knock for money and off.
  43. 2 points
    Pjj

    Advice on increasing prices....... carefully?

    I recently put up my prices on over 400 customers I have lost about 6 price rises ranged from £1 to £15 depending on job price , I had some work that hadn’t been put up in 10 years and was £6:50 per go I put them all up to £10 most accepted it and said that they had been expecting a rise for quite some time . I don’t know your area or your prices but I don’t think anyone should complain about a £1 increase , try a few and see how it goes , explain to the customers that your costs are constantly rising and unfortunately you are earning less so have to increase the price by a small amount . Most will understand
  44. 2 points
    Bart90

    Anybody else hate the summer?

    I love this weather just not when I'm working in it! For work, I way prefer working in the winter even though it has it's challenges......I suppose Spring & Autumn are the best times in this job. Don't know if anyone else has had this but today on most jobs I had loads (hundreds) of tiny flies on glass, frames etc. Not sure what that was about but at least they don't leave red stains like those little red spiders when you squash them! Stay cool everyone 😎
  45. 2 points
    spruce

    Need advice on a purification system.

    What @Pjj says regarding your tap water tds is the first step. Now lets talk used r/o units. You can buy a brand new 4040 r/o for £650 from Daqua. You already have a di vessel. Now this person wants £450 which includes a di vessel. Nowhere has this seller listed how efficiently his r/o is that he has for sale. So as a buyer you need to work out what this second hand r/o is actually worth if you have to replace prefilters and a membrane. We should always repalce the prefilters but must assume that we will need to replace the membrane pretty soon after purchase. (If it lasts for years then we are quids in.) To replace the membrane is £326.00 and the 2 prefilters are the best part of £40. You can swallow the price of prefilters but if you have to replace the membrane you have already paid out more than a new r/o. (£450 + £326 = £776. So in my 'books' that r/o is only worth the second hand value of the housings - £100 at most.
  46. 2 points
    Gav

    Window Cleaning Business Plan

    We have created a window cleaning business plan. You can find it on our blog here.
  47. 2 points
    spruce

    Water heating wfp system

    My advice; don't bother with hot water just yet. Get your kit sorted out and get your business firmly established before you go spending £5000 on a diesel heating system that isn't a necessity to have. If this is a long term consideration, then I would probably get suitable microbore hose on my hose reel that will cope with hot water in the future. Many use standard Gardiner microbore. I would also consider using 1/2" heater radiator pipe from the pump to your van port/or hose reel, depending on how you set your system up (fixed or non fixed hose reel.) We have been cold since we converted to wfp 14 years ago.
  48. 2 points
    Skxawng

    Water waste from RO

    That sounds a lot easier! Unfortunately the waste water has already passed through the prefilters- including a chlorine filter before it comes out, so no disinfecting fowls sorry..
  49. 2 points
    Cookie

    Do I build it myself or get it professionally done?

    If you build your own system you'll know how to repair it if things go wrong.
  50. 2 points
    steve garwood

    Waiting on payments

    Completely disagree with the above comment. People lead busy lives, give them a few days minimum in my opinion or you look desperate.
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