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Luke Barnard

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About Luke Barnard

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  • Birthday 27/10/82

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  • Cleaning Method
    Water Fed Pole
  • when did you start window cleaning?
    August 2014
  1. Vauxhall vivaro 650ltr tank

    This is the new one....no underneath pics though.
  2. Tire wear

    Nope...baffled tank....mid-mounted for even weight distribution....moving it forward would cause more wear to the front tires.
  3. Tire wear

    Sounds like it's a Vivaro thing then....the wear is even accross the tire and pressures are correct, they're Conti's so not **** tires. Perhaps I just drive like a c##t.
  4. Tire wear

    How many miles do you get from a set of tires? I've had my Vivaro from new for one year now and I'm most of the way through my front tires!!! They have under 3mm left and I've only done 5k miles, the rears have 7mm plus. I carry a 500L tank bolted just in front of the rear axle for even weight distribution and the normal gear, there's no way I'm over loaded. I do 5 days a week but it's all local so my mileage is all town driving with lots of reverse parking, u-turns, etc. Is this normal for our type of driving or do I have an issue with the van?
  5. Window cleaner+locksmith???

    Does anybody have any thoughts on running an emergency locksmith business on the the back of a regular window cleaning round? I'm thinking of it as more of a top up income really, say I get a phonecall, if the job and location suit then I drop the windows, jump in the van (accompanied by old skool batman music) and race off to unlock a door....hourly rate goes up and once I'm done I go back to the windows. If the job and location does not suit then I pass and they call the next number on yell.com. Windows would be my bread and butter still but I would have the potential for higher earning jobs as and when they arrise without having to rely on the phone ringing. I've room in my van for tools and stock, a rough idea of training required and a fair grasp of setup costs and advertising but its very much at the beer mat stage.....any more informed opinions much appreciated.
  6. How are people that have made these finding their battery usage? I never bench charge my battery as my split charge relay takes care of it for me but this morning after the 4th house I noticed the hose reel had barely any power, I checked on the controller and the battery had dropped to 11.4 volts!!! I went back to hand winding for the rest of the day!!!
  7. Just finished mine....test it out on Monday:p
  8. Cheap second hand vans

    I wouldn't recommend Vanarama, I put a deposit on a transit custom which they said would be on my drive within 10 days....6 weeks later after having to call them every week and being told it's due in this Saturday each time, I cancelled and only then was I told that they hadn't managed to get a single van out of Turkey yet so god knows how long it would have been if I'd waited!!! The sales speak is excellent but once you've paid your deposit expect the customer service to drop to zero!!!
  9. Cheap second hand vans

    I wouldn't recommend Vanarama, I put a deposit on a transit custom which they said would be on my drive within 10 days....6 weeks later after having to call them every week and being told it's due in this Saturday each time, I cancelled and only then was I told that they hadn't managed to get a single van out of Turkey yet so god knows how long it would have been if I'd waited!!! The sales speak is excellent but once you've paid your deposit expect the customer service to drop to zero!!!
  10. Cheap second hand vans

    It does seam off putting when you put it like that but do bear in mind that just over half of that monthly payment is interest and devaluation and whats left is capital (which is yours when you sell the van) plus you take the costs off your tax return and NI which saves another 25%ish. I spent about £2500 on repairs in this tax year plus the devaluation of my blue van from what I paid a dealer (and the VAT) to what I can sell it for privately. All in its cost about £5k which I know is probably about as bad as these things get but I couldn't leave myself open to the possibility again.
  11. Cheap second hand vans

    I looked at it a little different..... ... I know the most profitable way to do it would be a reliable old tank that you buy outright and fix little bits as you go but you've got to be lucky/knowledgeable enough to find that van and confident enough to invest in fitting it out. The blue van in my profile was meant to be that van but after ...blown power steering pump, four new injectors, rear springs, full engine rebuild (which I did myself on the drive/in my shed), knackered turbo...its cost me thousands £, many days off and sleepless nights!!! Thats in one year of owning it! My new (well pre-reg with 10 miles on the clock) van cost me very little up front and a days worth of work each month, half of that monthly payment will be mine in capital after five years when I own the van. I know what I'll be paying out each month and I can be as certain as anybody that I can get out and work each and every day. That peace of mind allows me to concentrate on the work and not f##k a##eing about with equipment all the time.
  12. Cheap second hand vans

    Second this....although mine was 2.0hdi, quite pokey. £400 got me 6 months use without having to spend a single penny on it, I then sold it on for £350 when my new van arrived :-)
  13. Rechargeable Electric Sprayer (ESR-25L) - China Electric Sprayer, Rechargeable Sprayer | Made-in-China.com Mobile
  14. Gladiator insurance which is part of Admiral, £400, Vivaro with 500L caged tank. Guy I spoke to said they won't cover over 650L though!!
  15. I had a call from a company shortly after I first started claiming to be the board of education appointed go to service for any and all maintenance required in schools and I could be the only window cleaner in my area on their books, checked their site, seamed legit and oddly enough I'd drawn up a list of local schools that morning so I went for it..... £125 later, oh and the unmentioned vat ontop of course...and I had my user name, etc. Took my time making a good profile page and sat back ready for all those calls and emails.... .....and a year later....feck allllll!!! Learnt my lesson though, any calls no matter how good they sound receive a polite "no thank you"
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