building my own reach and wash system and need advice

Discussion in 'Water Fed Pole Cleaning' started by colinvansmith, Mar 11, 2011.

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  1. Up until this point in my business i have only used traditional methods but am at the point where a reach n wash will help develop my business further.

    To keep costs down and so i can buy components bit by bit over the coming months i have decided to build my own reach and wash i have found plenty websites that sell the components but need advice about what is the best set up to have. i work in a soft water area so have decided to go with a DI system but other than that i don't know enough to make sure i choose all the right components, i realise alot of you will think just buy a complete system but I have decided against that.

    What size of tank should i be buying and what Size of DI cartridge etc.

    so far the components i have listed that i'll need are

    tank
    di cartridge
    resin
    pump
    battery
    pole and brush
    tdi meter
    hose reel
    flow metre
    all the connection (not sure what i need though)

    Any help much appreciated

    colin
     
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  2. Windowwhiz

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    You need a 350 ltr tank ideally if you only have a small van.
    Vikan and super-lite brushes are both good and the best service I've found is:
    http://www.gardinerpolesystems.co.uk/acatalog/catalogbody.html
    They also do really good poles, I'd recommend the CLX range Either the 22 or 27 [hr]
    Also some of the cheapest pumps/tanks etc I've found are from:
    http://www.purefreedom.co.uk/
    Speak to Andy Thompson, he knows his stuff and will spend time with you helping you get all you need ;0)
     
  3. nearlyclean

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    http://www.windowcleaningwarehouse.co.uk/shop/trolley-systems/pumpbox.html
    This is good all you have to do is connect hoses to and off you go,you can use on a trolley as well
     
  4. traxxy

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    Check out the DIYWFP site & forum


    http://diywaterfedpole.co.uk

    Very helpfull and how i god started.
     
  5. nearlyclean

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    You can make a cheap pole using a Harris pole £15 B&Q cut the metal thread off and cut the thread off a metal broom stick £3 and glue it to the end of the Harris pole you might want to screw a self taping screw to hold it,you can attach the brush and run a hose up the pole reach about 6 meters great for domestic.
    I m going to make another pole soon and will try and post some photos
     
  6. fantastic site, cheers

    colin
     
  7. Hi, I know I am a new member and do not want to get above my station but I have just spent weeks researching what to have and the one suggestion that Peter Fogwill gave me was buy two DI resin bottles so when the original no longer produces pure water you can connect this in front of a new resin bottle which then slows down the saturation of the new resin. (I hope this makes sense).
     
  8. Gav

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    That does make sense and is exactly what i do with my di's
     
  9. nearlyclean

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    That is really good advice it can save you a fortune in resin over a year,also the larger the vessel the better.
    Connector=I like these http://www.gardinerpolesystems.co.uk/acatalog/EZ-Snap_Range.html
     
  10. Hinty

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    When you choose a tank - be careful to choose one that is within your vehicle payload.
    As an example - a 350L tank may weigh about 25kg empty or 375kg when full.
    If your van has a payload of 600kg - you have to take into account the weight of passengers, the tank, hose reels, roof rack........... you can soon go over the limit.

    Make sure you secure the tank properly too - in the event of an accident that would be a lot of weight hurtling at you.

    Sidepoint - If you fit a water tank into a van- a lot of insurance companies view this as a modification so it is worth telling them. It does not usually affect premium much, but if you dont tell them - they may not pay out.

    Don't forget an aqua-dapter, it will save you loads of water and of course:

    a FlipFast to help speed up brush angle changes (slight plug there).

    Dave
     
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