Inventing a WFP cantilever

Discussion in 'Water Fed Pole Cleaning' started by window washer, Jul 13, 2011.

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  1. I have been giving an idea some thought for a while now.

    When cleaning 1st floor windows and higher, ussually above conservatories or hard to reach places, sometimes I am holding 20 odd foot of pole exended outwards as well us upwards which causes a massive strain on the neck and back if there is nothing to rest the ploe on.
    I have been wondering whether anyone has made a type of cantilever for their pole. I suppose I am thinking of a metal pole which extends which would need some sort of base to keep the metal pole upright. At the tope of the pole would need to be a clamp (to hold the pole) probably on a ball joint. You could then place your WFP in the clamp halfway and then direct the pole without any strain or without causing any damage to property.

    I am pretty sure Flipfast will get this but wondered if anyone has come accross anything similar.
     
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  2. Hinty

    Hinty Well-Known Member
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    Hi window washer,
    Do you mean something like this:
    http://www.cleaningspot.co.uk/acatalog/Aircraft_alloy_water_fed_pole.html

    (Last item at bottom of page)

    Looks really good - been meaning to get one for a while now, but the price is a bit prohibitive.

    Will give it some serious thought.

    Thinking of something like a washing line prop.

    dave
     
  3. nearlyclean

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    you would need to use a universal ball joint similar to this http://www.h2o-sports.co.uk/item.asp?P_ID=388&PT_ID=206&name=Pro-limit-windsurfing-UJ-Deck-Plate
    or fishing pole rest but maybe best investing the lightest equipment you can afford as weight and stiffness is a big factor in causing strain to the body when reaching out at awkward angles.
     
  4. Hinty

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    I have a carbon fibre modular pole, but it's not so much the weight, but the control that I want to assist.

    Fair point about the weight, but I have a few properties that have 20ft extensions that are a real pain.

    I was thinking more along the lines of how you use a cue rest when playing snooker - to save over reaching.

    Dave
     
  5. And I thought it was just me that pops the veins out of my neck with those huge extensions/ conservatories.
    That pole from Cleaning spot is a ridiculous price.
    In basic terms how about an umbrella weight (like those plasticthings or ornate metal ones) with a lightweight ali pole and a universal all joint.
    The reality is though it needs to be compact and light as it is another thing to clogg up the van!!!
    Worth some thought though.
     
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