pole fed system

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  1. bill johnston

    bill johnston Newcomer
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    hello this is the first time ive been on the site basically the reason is this.. i am a dinosaur cleaner still on the traditional window cleaning method ladder and applicators squeege and tho it has been hard hard work at times i have loved every minute/well allmost every minute of my job ive been at it 20 years and just got stuck in my way but now 2 little office blocks i have i am going to lose for the same old reason as allways .. health and safety so i need a water pole fed system to keep these offices can anyone advise me on what size of pole system i would use and does it have to be purified water .. can i walk round with it as you can see i am a complete dinosaur and that is how it is any help or advice is really appreciated
     
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    Welcome Bill :thumbsup:. Yes you will need purified water, do you know your tap water TDS? If you live in a soft water area you could get away with a DI vessel only, you will need to buy resin at about £75 for 25L. Have you got a van or car? How high are the windows? You could buy a backpack to start with and a few 25L barrels to carry extra water.
     
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    im pretty sure the water round rotherham is hard the windows are approx 6mtr and good access
     
  4. bill johnston

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    i have an estate car but i probably will need to get a small van pretty soon as it is time now to be changing the car anyway
     
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    You need to work out the building height as to what size pole you need.

    If they are small offices and you don't do a lot of large work and intend to change the rest of your work over to wfp then you may get away with a trolley or backpack.

    If you going to go full wfp then a van mount will be more beneficial to you.
    You can install a d.i.y system for probably around £500 or if like me and you hate d.i.y pay a company to do it for you this will cost more.

    If it is only for the odd job you may be able to buy pure water near by to you saving the outlay of a full ro.
     
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    thanks for your help and advice.. i predict i would do about 3/4 hours work a week with it the windows are approx 6mtrs up do you know the companies that sell these and will my water need purified i live in hard water area
     
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    Welcome Bill.

    If you just want to WFP those offices and keep to trad with everything else then go for the cheapest / easiest option which is a backpack.

    Again, if it's just the offices, then get a DI vessel & make the pure water at home transporting it in barrels in your car. You then pour the water into the backpack and clean away.

    Gardiner Pure Water Backpack V3 - 22 litre - The Gardiner Backpack - Portable Systems Gardiner Pole Systems

    Easier said than done on the basis that your new to WFP but it's really straightforward mate.
     
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    The easiest option is if you can find someone willing to supply you with barrels of pure water. Then all you will need is a backpack and brush. Take a look at the Gardiners website (others are available). You can get all you need for less than £300.
     
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    People always suggest start with a trolley or a backpack, all well and good when you are starting out in window cleaning and dont have a customer base or experience but tou aee a 20 year veteran.

    Many say 'oh i'm only gonna use it on this job and that job' but once you see how easy and quick it is you will start to convert all tour customers and never have to climb that ladder again.

    My personal recommendation would be a van mounted system as you work solo probably around 350 liter. If these offices are your highest work at around 6 meters you can get an 18ft pole that wi give you a working reach of 22 ft. (7 an a bit meters)

    If you want a knowledgable supplier that will put you on the right path talk to The Cleaning Warehouse. adam davies on here works for them and will be happy to talk tou through the options.

    First things first though you need to know your tap water quality and need a gadget called a T.D.S ( total disolvable solids) meter. From avout £5 from ebay china to £15 from UK suplliers. Once you have that answer we can move forward and iffer you accurate advice.

    Welcome to the forum by the way :addict:
     
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