Trads Using A Backpack For Difficult Windows

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  1. Pegasus

    Pegasus Well-Known Member
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    Fully trad but considering trying a backpack for some windows:

    So, do many trads actually do this?

    If so, what did you get and what do you really need as a basic set up? Where from? Any downside?

    I rang the WCW and instead of a £200 unit I saw on the web I got the impression I needed to spend £5/600 to get set up. Reluctant to do this as I would rather use a trad pole if it was that much.

    Cheers for any help.
     
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  2. Newbie123

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    Hi Pegasus rainwater harvesting should be easy for you lol and even tap water should be good so di vessel off eBay £30 tds meter £16 -£20 back pack £??? And Harris pole conversion see DIY section resin about £80 for 25 ltrs would last a good while if not producing loads of water and a couple of barrels free upto £20 each (caravan stockists being dearest ) brush euro angle adapter and hose and fittings possible for less than £500 might be a squeeze for everything at £200 having been up Westmorland a few times can see why it may have advantages for you
     
  3. Posh

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    I have the wcw backpack. Harris pole converted. 8 25litre drums. 2 4.5 litre DIs to make my water & Tds tester. Wouldn't be without it now as gave me more power to quote knowing I can do them difficult windows.
     
  4. Posh

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    You can get a backpack off eBay 18 litres £99 & I have one & it's good. Harris pole £15. Brush off eBay bayersan £12. Hose & connections £10. Resin is £80 for 25litre but you can get it in 5/10 litre bags which is cheaper. This really is a basic setu but will get you going. I even think some use normal garden hose. Maybe a trolley if you don't feel like lugging it around. 25litre barrels go to a local garage & there prob be glad to give them to you but need good clean out. Can get a Tds metre on eBay for £8. Depends what you want to spend. DI about £30.
     
  5. Smurf

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    Put it this way most domestic jobs I win would be impossible to do even using a trad pole so wfp is a no brainer if you ask me.

    Doesn't matter what you get in the end you will want a van mount and better/longer wfp's trust me. :)
     
  6. Tuffers

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    Smurph, I think they are seeing the light, lolz.
     
  7. BostonMike

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    That's how I got started. Thirty foot window cleaners pole, Vikan brush and some distilled water from the grocery store just to do a few difficult windows and sky lights on steep roofs. Now I WFP almost every domestic window I clean including first floor. Be careful my friend you're about to take a walk on the dark side ..... you'll get hooked. ;)
     
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  9. Smurf

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    I've been using wfp for a few years now and was the best move I ever made ;)
     
  10. Tuffers

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    Here here. I was sceptical of it for years. Wish I'd done it sooner now.
     
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