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James Turner

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About James Turner

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  • Cleaning Method
    Water Fed Pole & Tradtitional
  • When did you start window cleaning?
    May 2016
  • Location
    Scotland

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  1. James Turner

    Pole or ladders

    I try to wet the applicator as much as I can between windows. Bit of both depending on the size of the window. Glass Gleam has helped a lot though. Also I decided to stop and spend a bit more time making sure my angle adaptor was set right, instead of leaving it in the same position all the time.
  2. James Turner

    Unger Hydroflo DI

    I've been using the Unger Hydro Power DI vessel as I got the beginner kit offor of WCW. I've changed my resin once after getting it 8 months ago and have had no problems. Recently though, I've been noticing a lot of white marks on the windows after the water has dried. These have been on jobs which regularly get cleaned with wfp. My water before is 45 ppm and still reads 0ppm out of the filter. Do I need to replace anything else on this filter or is the problem lying elsewhere ? Thanks in advance.
  3. James Turner

    Pole or ladders

    Well, I used GG3 today and I must admit... it's fantasic. All the issues I had virtually disapeared. I did find that I had to add a very tiny bit of fairy to the pad just for a bit more slip and to see the solution on the glass but apart from that, it worked fantastically. Great advice! Is there much difference between GG3 and GG4 apart from GG4 being more suitable for hard water areas?
  4. James Turner

    Pole or ladders

    I do have WFP for some big jobs but a lot of the customer I have want it old school. Tried it again today and I had to redo tops with the ladder as they were a smeary mess. I do love the tool but I think I'm going back to ladders for the time being.
  5. James Turner

    Pole or ladders

    For about a year, I have been using a pole and a Moerman Fliq pad to clean tops. Recently, with the sunny weather returning to Scotland, it's been a struggle using the Fliq pad and I am seriously thinking about turning back to the ladders for the summer. It feels like a catch 22 with moerman gear. More Fairy needed for using it but makes the water dry up faster. Anyone got any thoughts on it?
  6. James Turner

    Falling from ladders

    Well, this just happened where I live. https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/angus-mearns/617196/man-taken-hospital-stairwell-outside-flats-montrose-collapses/ The article doesn't mention it but STV news reported that it was a window cleaner who fell. Not sure how it happened but when you see the TV news report, the guys applicator is sitting on a third story window. Hope he's OK.
  7. James Turner

    Which Squeegee would be best?

    I do have an s plus. I'll have to dig it out.
  8. Just got a new job in the country, an old farmhouse, as you can see in the pictures. They are old sash and case windows with wooden frames. Really don't want to use my liqudator on these ones as it'll probably get chewed up. What would you guys recommend as the best squeegee for this type of job?
  9. James Turner

    Scotland window cleaners licence

    I live on the border of two districts in Scotland. One licence is about £90 for a year while the other is £83 for three years. It's weird.
  10. James Turner

    People who just won't pay

    Thanks for all the advice. Seems to be an occupational hazard. I'm becoming more inclined to let it go as @nudel said as I'd just like to let go of the stress of worrying about it.
  11. I have 3 customers who just won't pay. It has been going on for 5 months now. They always come up with an excuse like they forgot I was coming or its the banks fault. I have given them different opportunities and ways to pay but I am getting sick fed up of it now. How does everyone else deal with this, barring anthing viewed as "antisocial". Do you just call it a loss and save the stress or do you keep on it till they get fed up? I have stopped doing their windows so the cost isn't accumulating.
  12. James Turner

    Fighting Tiredness

    Thanks guys. Lots of real good advice that I'm going to look in to. You'll laugh when I say I'm only 28 but maybe it is more of a mental thing which is coming out in a physical way. I do worry whether i can get through my work in time because of the weather, do i have enough to keep me going, am i doing a good enough job not to loose any customers. That's why i left my previous job because i was worrying too much and was starting to have anxiety attacks. Maybe i need to step back and look at my end goal for why I'm doing this. Plenty of stuff there for me to look in to. Cheers
  13. James Turner

    Fighting Tiredness

    Hey guys. I've been cleaning windows now for just over a year and a half having previously only worked office jobs. I knew when I started that it would be a physically demanding job but if I stuck in I would get used to it. Lately though, I find myself struggling only after a couple of hours. Not sure if this is a mental or physical wall that I'm hitting. What do you guys do to help you through the day and combat any tiredness or fatigue?
  14. James Turner

    Two section or three section pole?

    Hi guys. Thanks for the advice. I decided to spring for the 3 section optiloc. I did consider the Moerman but the 3 section would have just been a bit too short and the 4 section one is just out of my price range at the moment. Something to invest in. :)
  15. Hi everyone. Been practicing the type of technique trad man uses with the excelarator on a pole but have came up short when it comes to pole size. I only have a 16ft Unger Optiloc which on some houses is just too short. I have been looking to get a bigger one but noticed that for the same size (ie 6m) it comes as two sections or three. The two section is cheaper but unsure which design is better. Any advice would be fantastic. Thanks in advance.
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