These windows are a real hassle to do

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  1. mrtaytay

    mrtaytay Grand Master
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    I have been doing these windows for nearly three years but still find them a hassle to do......I use a pole (obviously) and squeegee down from the top, following the curved edge.....first the right side then the left side...then carry on squeegeeing the remaining water left in the middle. There is always a risk of leaving a blade mark doing it this way, so i always buff up with a fineweave in a clamp. I suppose the ideal way to do these windows would be to fan them with pole and squeegee, but I find this very difficult with an unger pole and squeegee. Squeegeeing the water right down to the bottom is also quite difficult as its level with your feet and you have to stand a distance away because of the flat glass window in front of you (which cant be stood on).

    I presume its a window crying out for a wagtail??

    I must develop my pole skills.
     

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  2. TolishAPurd

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    Yep, wagtail would do a nice job of them mate. You'll be amazed how quick you'll pick up wagtailing on ground level, it makes pole work a whole lot easier.
     
  3. mrtaytay

    mrtaytay Grand Master
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    Cheers tolish......how long did it take you to become a dab hand at wagtailing.
     
  4. TolishAPurd

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    Tbh taytay, I took to it on the first day- it feels very natural once you get going. I don't feel particularly good at it in normal use though because the only time I ever use it is on very awkward windows at strange angles and heights where I cant get a ladder to it.
     
  5. mrtaytay

    mrtaytay Grand Master
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    Looks like its my next piece of kit
     
  6. james44

    james44 Well-Known Member
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    This is easier to use and cheap!
     
  7. Bingo

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    Yup, Wagtail on a pole will do them windows easily.

    Just make sure you have an 'angle adapter' or an 'adjustable angle' on the pole.

    Or you can make your own 'curved adapter' (as in the vid) by heating-up electrical conduit with a heatgun.

    Do any of the above and you will/should be able to 'Fan' windows of any shape down to floor level....
    if too awkward to finish at floor level, just finish-off with a side pull.
     
  8. rjacandwc

    rjacandwc Well-Known Member
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    Is that a glass window you have to use your pole system to get over too the glass window then?... If so.... Could you not have a word and ask to leave a plank up there and do the walk?... Nice thick wide plank, not too heavy?... I can't really work out what the photo has in it... So, just a idea!

    Or. Could you not pole from the left side and then the right rather than pole work over the top/in front. Mind the window maybe loads bigger than what it looks in the photo.
     
  9. Duncs

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    gd video guys nice one
     
  10. mrtaytay

    mrtaytay Grand Master
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    Cheers bingo. I do have a plastic unger angle adapter....I find its not rigid enough....bends very easily.
     
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