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Discussion in 'Water Fed Pole Cleaning' started by AnMadraRua, Jun 5, 2014.

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  1. AnMadraRua

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    Hi people,
    I'm just starting out in window cleaning after taking redundancy from my job of 26 years and I have a ton of questions, so here goes.
    Does the minibore hose run up inside the pole to the brush or does the water run inside the pole itself?
    I have seen a system on fleabay that consists of a 350 litre tank, 4040 RO system, 7 litre DI unit, pump, analogue controller and tank frame for £975. Is this good value?
    How long would this system take to fill?
    Do I need a trolley system as well to reach those hard to get to places?
    Inline TDS metre of handheld?
    Is the battery taken in at night to charge or can it be connected to my van alternator?
    What length of hose would I need on the trolley (hence the question about hose inside the pole)?
    Do I really need a ladder and traditional equipment?
    Would you recommend something like a misty belt or dragonfly for doing internal windows or use trad?

    That's all for now, hope you guys can help.


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  2. keir

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    Whoa!! Questions, questions........haha ha welcome to the forum

    The mini bore can run inside or outside depending on preference, you need to know your tap water tds (quality if you will) if you live in a hard water then RO is a must, are you on a water meter?
    That package you have seen doesn't seem to bad to me, what you thinking of fitting it into? Van or trailer? Fill time depends on water pressure, but i would guess about 7 hours.
    Trolly or not depends on your work and access, handheld tds will do but inline would be nice.
    As for battery charging.....if you only plan on short journeys then charge at night, if you will be doing mileage then split charger will be fine, split chargers can be hard on alternators!
    Hose length?=reel......100m seems the norm, it does not run up the pole you will have a different hose that connects to the reel.
    Its always handy to have trad gear for internal cleans and for people that might not want wfp. As for trad gear, try different belts/pocket/bucket on a belt combo,s to suit your own preference
    I have always used unger belts, plastic T bar and unger monsoon applicator, syr 14" squeegee and unger boab.

    There you go, lol. That should help you to begin with and create another list of questions lmao ask away bud helpful bunch on here :laugh:
     
  3. AnMadraRua

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    Thanks Keir,

    I'm still a bit confused about hose inside the pole. When you extend the pole does that mean you pull hose into the base of the pole as you extend it?
    Thanks


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  4. AnMadraRua

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    Into a Tranny Connect by the way.


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  5. bazzer

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    yes mate the hose gets pulled into base of pole
     
  6. keir

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    Yeah, from the tank there is garden size hose to the pump, then again to the di and again to the reel, then its usually 8mm micro bore 100m on the reel, then its 6mm upvc pipe similar to airline or soft garden hose material depending on preference.
    The hose that goes up the pole is about 30 foot long so when fully extended you have 4-6 foot left, if you go for up the outside of the pole then it can be highly frustrating catching on anything and everything or you will love it, up the inside is how i prefer it but on wet days or different types of work can cause grit to get on the internal sliding parts of the pole and wear it out early or you can wipe the pipe and pole sections regularly.
    Ford connect......great little van
     
  7. AnMadraRua

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    Cheers, more questions to come.


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  8. keir

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    Fire away bud
     
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    hi and welcome AnMadraRua i fully trad so i just here to learn....:)
     
  10. AnMadraRua

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    I think I'll have to get some trad skills myself.......but no ladders.


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