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  1. 4 points
    Hey guys we are working on our new rig for the year just thought I'd post a pic of the progress we are almost done.. We love building rigs give us a msg if you need help
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    I can't stand Home Advisor. They ripped me off when they were Service Magic. I highly recommend ALL contractors stay away from HA. They sell fake leads, and that alone is reason enough to not give them your business. If you're closing 90% of your leads, you are very rare, because almost nobody does that. Their reps like to join groups and claim all kinds of great success with them that really doesn't equate to what the average person will get. The average guy is going to get a bunch of fake leads, and them dipping into his bank account when they're not supposed to. The thing is, if you don't dispute the fake leads, you just get screwed. If you DO dispute them, it's still up to HA whether they keep your money. This is not a limited experience or a fluke. Literally almost everyone who has used them has the same kind of experience. People who don't exist, phones that ring but never answer, blah, blah. My advice is STAY FAR AWAY from HA and any other lead service.
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    This is the only one I recommend spending money on a membership. Chris is The Godfather of Softwashing and continues to self educate. He is incredibly intelligent. He will cut through the B.S. to save you tens of thousands of dollars on equipment and franchise promises of grandiose dreams. Chris Tucker educated me: He continues to keep me in check. He spent countless hours with me on the phone. He was extremely patient. Everyone on the RCIA has always been extremely helpful in providing feedback to allow us to provide the best possible products for you.
  4. 2 points
    Hey Guys new video about training new content coming soon make sure to check it out! and new classes
  5. 2 points
    Air Diaphragm pumps just last and last. All-Flo offers a 5 year warranty. 12 volt pumps offer relatively no warranty. Air systems use less than half the chemical compared to 12 volt, shoot farther, allow you to transfer chem with the same pump, allow you do perform more jobs in a day, can run all day and night without depending on a battery charge and are designed for use with softwash chems. It’s a no brainer!
  6. 2 points
    Check out PWP http://shop.pressurewasherproducts.com Lori is very helpful!
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    Yup, same here fake leads constantly and trying to get rid of them was such a pain. Plus they can put their own phone number as your number on their website.
  9. 2 points
    Good News! 2016 Leonard enclosed trailer w/ hot water pressure washer setup. The tandem axle trailer brand new from a Leonard in 2016. It has been equipped as follows for pressure washing / softwashing / roof cleaning business. -Trailer is wired for AC shore power and an on-board inverter that powers a second set of AC outlets. -New vinyl flooring was glued down to floor. -Walls and ceiling painted with an exterior white paint -Largo hot water pressure washer skid puts out 5.6gpm hot or cold at 3850psi. 348 hours on the Honda GX630 engine with no problems. -Two IBC 275 totes are mounted to the trailer. The front tote carries 275 gallons of water and has two float valves installed- one to maintain the tank at only 60 gallons of water inside and the other to keep it full. The Largo is plumbed directly to the tank. The back IBC tote has the top removed and is used as a containment vessel for mixing cleaning soaps. -Overflow pipe dumps straight through floor to pavement. -Pressure hose is plumbed with both upstream and downstream injectors. -3 hose reels: 3/4"x150' supply hose, 3/8"x250' non-marking pressure hose, 1/2"x300' yellow braided vinyl roof cleaning hose. -Workbench mounted to trailer allows storage of three 55-gal drums underneath. -Loads of other storage space for and organizers -10 gallon air compressor with 100' air hose on hose reel hung on wall -Tool chest with drawers for misc tools. -Trailer has 4-wheel brakes, dual 3500# axles, mag wheels, radial tires, and is in overall great condition. -Interior height is 6'6" -Trailer is equipped with 10 amber and white Code-3 LED3 flashing lightheads powered by a Whelen LED flasher that features programmable flash patterns. . Over all in great condition. My plan is to move all the equipment into my Step Van and keep the trailer for other use. I will become a paid member to this site next Tuesday! I am looking forward to learning from you all! Dan
  10. 2 points
    Top speed fully loaded will probably be less and mpg will probably be 10 or less. However, instead of worrying about mpg, spend that energy getting just 2-3 more jobs each year. This will more than offset the difference. Remember, it’s WAY more important to focus on how many than how.
  11. 2 points
    First let me say Thank You in advance to everyone that posts on this form I really appreciate all the knowledge everyone shares it is truly a blessing! I purchased a Frito-Lay, potato chip truck with a diesel V8 automatic transmission , runs like a top all aluminum 25 feet bumper-to-bumper with a usable cargo space of 18 1/2 feet long by 7 1/2 feet wide interior space. My intentions are to turn the vehicle into a Residential/ Commercial Roof Cleaning, Hot/Cold pressure washing , surface cleaning , soft washing and window cleaning vehicleI. I am adding a bathroom with a sink for when nature calls . I'd like some help with the equipment and layout for the Roof Cleaning, I am on a tight budget so putting a system together on the cheep is fine by me. I am in the process of purchasing all the pressure washing equipment from a guy that has to get out of the business due to health. incidentally underneath the truck there's two spaces on each side that are approximately 38" x 10' long that I can mount water tanks generators or anything underneath the truck that will fit in that space. I'd be interested in any anybody's feedback and if anybody else is done this ? I have been working in the PW, WW for 2-1/2 years and now going into business for my self. thank you so much. My email is avpsnc@gmail.com
  12. 2 points
    You are very kind!! I’m happy to help you anytime. Make sure you mention the RCIA.....I’m loyal to my peeps over here as they’ve ALWAYS been great to us!! We are more concerned with providing a lot of education, allowing you to make an informed decision on your equipment no matter where you choose to purchase!
  13. 2 points
    Thank you! I will be buying a soft wash system, one of your 8gpm machines, and few other odds n ends sometime in February. Look forward to speaking with you soon. Your reputation is golden everywhere I have seen online.
  14. 2 points
    Jesse, Welcome home!! You can’t find a better place to find unbiased help than right here in this forum. Everyone is here to help!
  15. 2 points
    Hey Jim, Welcome to the RCIA. I've meet you a few times at UAMCC events glad your doing well!
  16. 2 points
    Welcome Jim. I'm sure you will make a great addition (Adam Austin)
  17. 2 points
    My name is Jim Prom, I own Spray Away SoftWash in Good Thunder MN. We specialize in the safe cleaning of all types roofs, siding, decks, patios and concrete. We also can provide window cleaning and solar panel cleaning with our water fed pole and H2Pro RO/DI system. We do also offer a limited amount of hot and cold water pressure washing. I am also a licensed general contractor in the state of Minnesota. I love helping people with their estimating questions. I hope to add value to your forum.
  18. 1 point
    Hello! My name is Merrill. I've started a company - Veteran's Property Services in Massachusetts this year. I quickly realized that I should start washing roofs if I am going to be soft washing house. I'm here to learn as much as I can from the pros here. Thank you for all the information your sharing. Is there a particular page I can go to to start learning and become certified? Thanks again!
  19. 1 point
    Welcome to all of the new guys showing up. This is a great place to be, and a huge benefit to your business. Learn how to be the best one of the best roof cleaners in the nation and join up!
  20. 1 point
    Also it is typically sold at 12.5% available chlorine by weight. If it's fresh, it can be as high as 15%.
  21. 1 point
    Here is a link to the RCIA on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/174087666708523/
  22. 1 point
    Custom built 6 ft drop in for a pickup truck. This system includes a hot water Hydrotek pressure washer with stainless steel frame, 3- 12” electric hose reels, RHG RO/DI water purification system and a 12v soft wash system with Pro-Portioner. Call today for your quote on one of these custom built skids. 717-378-2276. Power Wash Store PA Soft Washing Skid
  23. 1 point
    Back in the day, the RCIA had a different URL. This post is from 2011. Our record in Heritage Hunt, Gainesville Va 20155, was 28 homes on one street!!! We did 10 roofs in one day, with one rig! The new(er) RCIA forum is great, but the old one has lots on significant information from back when folks actually did honest research. Check this out: http://roof-cleaning-institute.activeboard.com/t41873413/roof-cleaning-heritage-hunt-gainesville-va-20155-571-250-965/ Then check out our website and see for yourself why we're the leading Roof Cleaning Company in Virginia, Maryland and the great Atlanta Georgia area! TheRoofCleaningCompany.com
  24. 1 point
    I went ahead and made the group, it is at this link https://www.facebook.com/groups/174087666708523/
  25. 1 point
    Hey Chris, We will help you run it if you need help setting it up let me know and I can create it for us
  26. 1 point
    Sorry about that, here is the after picture
  27. 1 point
    Hello Everyone Randy with All Around Services located in Port St Lucie Fl I need help in assembling a basic soft wash system can you point me in the right direction of a thread, best place to buy the materials
  28. 1 point
    Rather than spending the winter goofing off in Florida as I've done for several years now, this year it's all about upping our game even more! Man, it's already paying dividends as we've just closed $5275 in business between yesterday and this morning alone! The economy is on fire and consumer confidence is soaring; What are you doing to improve your bottom line for 2018?
  29. 1 point
    We are as busy as we dare be, but you are so right, the economy is on FIRE here in Tampa !
  30. 1 point
    We are incredibly excited to be part of the team! Don and Julio are outstanding gentlemen whom are very patient. They continue to self-educate and improve the sense professionalism and accountability in these related industries. We’re excited to see another facet of this industry boosted to another level like Chris Tucker has fought to do over the decades.
  31. 1 point
    Thanks Chris! We are just trying to take out some of the guess work for others that we had to go through. As we all know, a lot of mistakes can be made and can be very costly.
  32. 1 point
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    seems like good options lori will take good care of you. Belt driven is much better than direct drive for several reasons if your looking for a pw you can still run 5 to 5.5 off home owner water anything bigger your going to need a tank. Just depends on your budget and your long term plan. If you have the room and the money a 8gpm is wonderful
  33. 1 point
    I agree with what Ted said, by the time you buy all the stuff and chemicals, you could probably find someone close to do it right for you
  34. 1 point
    Welcome Zach , I am also new to this site, I'm joining as a i'm joining as a premium member next month I'm in the process of building my truck buying equipment and learning about roof cleaning. I hope that we can get network I live up in North Carolina in the Pittsboro area, I love this site and all the folks thst generously offer information on how to help.
  35. 1 point
    Welcome to the best possible place to be for softwashing information, Zach!! Should you need pure info, let me know....
  36. 1 point
    Hey guys, My names Zach and im the owner of ZAP Cleaning in Greenville, SC and just joined rcia and just wanted to thank everyone for taking the time to submit so much useful info on this site! Zach Pfropper ZAP Cleaning https://zapcleaningsc.com/
  37. 1 point
    Welcome Jesse. You've come to literally one the best organizations in this industry, hands down. If you want to grow a successful business, this is the place for the help.
  38. 1 point
    Like a picture or a custom graphic on our website? Simply reach out and ask, and we'll likely give it to you or loan it to you. We've done that for quite a few folks. No need to steal it, and then parade it around on the internet. Good grief. Have a little self respect even if you have none for our business. I've had a number of folks reach out over the years, asking to 'borrow' pics. In one instance, a broker actually offered money for the rights to use them in his locality, which I humbly accepted. Hell, I can think of two images on our own website that I borrowed. Why? Because they were good that's why. But the important thing is permission was obtained. And to think I've sent business to this clown. Not any more. In fact, I think we'll expand our service area a bit....... a missile across the bow as they say :-) (BTW - I think that the pics that the broker bought from us were the first ones in the rotator on our main website) A little common decency goes a long way.
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    No need for all of that Rick. Run 2:1 instead of 3:1 on your proportioner / chem combiner / whatever it's called. ie 2 inputs to one output. One input with SH AND SLO MO, and the other with water.
  41. 1 point
    Jeremy, every time your post and I see Indiana, I get hungry for a pork tenderloin sandwich ! Plus, Skyline Chili !
  42. 1 point
    Have you wondered how to correctly set-up your softwash system? We recommend simplicity as the guiding principle when setting up your system. For the KYNAR Air Diaphragm Pump Systems we recommend the following: 3/8" Pump: Minimum 5.5 gas HP air compressor 1/2" Pump: Minimum 9 gas HP air compressor 3/4" Pump: Minimum 13 gas HP air compressor 1" Pump: Minimum 13 gas HP air compressor (Ingersoll Rand offers an outstanding model) ALWAYS use NON-Collapsible hose on the suction side of the pump. You should be able to stand on the hose without smushing it flat like you can with clear braided poly hose. Use a PVC Slotted Filter on Suction hose in SH tank. Throw out that low grade, rotting, rusting 'stainless' or nylon filter. (Thanks, Chris Tucker)Have your hose barbs crimped on by a hydraulic crimper to prevent leaks, cuts from hose clamps or pressure loss which affects distance. (We offer crimped ends on all hoses in 316 Stainless Steel, Sch 80 PVC, Brass and whatever you bring to us!)Set your dedicated regulator/filter to 90 PSI.Drain your compresor tank(s) of water at least once daily.Avoid polypropylene hose barbs (too soft and contain fiberglass, sometimes), nylon hose barbs, galvanized fittings, steel fittings and garden hose fittings.Avoid using elbows or 90 degree fittings as much as possible.Minimize the use of extra fittings and ball valves. (I see softwash systems with 4, 3-way ball valves before the pump!) Think, Hose in: Hose outDon't have a tank? Can you get by with a tote or a 55 galon drum?Do not use PVC hard pipe to plumb your pump.Do not use Check ValvesDid you consider the need to mix chemical in the middle of the job? Do you need to install 3-Way Ball Valves before and after your pump to help your transfer chemical faster?Do you have your chemical delivered? How are you going to transfer your chemical to your rig? Do you need to install 3-Way Ball Valves or 3 Way Hose Barbs and Ball Valves to transfer chemical? These pumps were engineeered to pump SH 24/7! Use them at capacity!Use Non-Drying Liquid Teflon instead of Teflon tape on PVC to Metal and PVC to PVC. Throw out the Teflon tape. It does not have any use on your rig. (Metal to Metal: Use Medium Threadlock.) ***Important***When choosing the NON-Collapsible Suction hose Inside Diameter (ID), measure the suction port of your pump and multiply by two. For example, the 3/8" All-Flo has a 3/8" Female National Pipe Thread suction port on the bottom of the pump (either side). This pump requires a 3/4" ID NON-Collapsible Suction hose with a PVC slotted filted installed on the end. The 1/2" Yamada has a 1/2" FPT and would require a 1" ID NON-Collapsible Suction hose with a PVC slotted filter installed on the end. (We carry the special Reducing Hose barbs 1" Hose Barb x 1/2" mpt in Stainless Steel, Sch 80 PVC and Brass and can crimp it on for you.) Using a Hose Reel? Choose Titan Hose Reels Order the Aluminum Reel with the Stainless Steel manifold. (Rinse everyday)Ask for the Super Swivel (8620A) instead of the stock swivelDon't order the reel that just fits all of your 200' of hose. Pay the extra $15-20 and order the next size up.Consider a U-Channel Reel if you have an open trailer and can mount the reel on the railing. However, don't forget to order the brake kit. It does not come standard.Enclosed Trailer: Do you need to hang your reels to free up the space?Install a 3-Way Ball Valve BEFORE your reel to eliminimate exposing your reel to full strength SH when transferring chems.Ask for a 1/2" brass street 45 (2354) to install on the drum of the hose reel. This prevents the hose from sticking straight out and developing a flat, weak spot. 12 Volt Systems: It is CRITICAL to keep it SIMPLE Use a deep cycle, high cold cranking amps, fully charged marine battery ~5 gpm 12 Volt Pumps: Use 10 Gauge Wire, heat shrink tubing, heavy duty, water-proof 25 amp switch, inline fuse holder 25 amp fuse, minimum of 1/2" ID hose or 5/8" (better) and 0040, 1550, 2550, 4050 or larger 1/4 MEG nozzles. ~7 gpm 12 Volt Pumps: Use 10 Gauge Wire, heat shrink tubing, heavy duty, water-proof 30 amp switch, inline fuse holder 30 amp fuse, minimum of 5/8" ID hose or 3/4" (better) and 0050, 1560, 2560, 4060 or larger 1/4 MEG nozzles. ALWAYS use 1" ID NON-Collapsible hose on the suction side of the pump. You should be able to stand on the hose without smushing it flat like you can with clear braided poly hose. Use a PVC Slotted Filter on Suction hose in SH tank. Throw out that low grade, rotting, rusting 'stainless' or nylon filter. (Thanks, Chris Tucker)Have your hose barbs crimped on by a hydraulic crimper to prevent leaks, cuts from hose clamps or pressure loss which affects distance. (We offer crimped ends on all hoses in 316 Stainless Steel, Sch 80 PVC, Brass and whatever you bring to us!)DO NOT install the pump in a box of any kind to restrict air flow or to install a fan to improve air flow. I've seen pumps drown and it is sad! Install pumps out of the direct weather and under something such as a base plate or reel.Straight from the Big Guy, Chris Tucker, use a 1/2" or 3/4" PVC ball valve and a reducing bushing and do not use a wand. Most guys install a SS male coupler (4629) and a TriBanger with three nozzles. I rarely ever offer the poly gun in chem resitant or palin black because it can't handle any type of fall for the price compared to the reliability of a PVC ball valve form the hardware store. Do not use another 12 Volt pump to inject chemical into your hose. Most low pressure pumps can't handle the increase in pressure. Think about the copious amounts of chemical used when you have very little control. This 'chemical injection by 12 Volt pump' benefits your chemical suppliers profit margin and NOT yours. Avoid polypropylene hose barbs (too soft and contain fiberglass, sometimes), nylon hose barbs, galvanized fittings, steel fittings and garden hose fittings.Avoid using elbows or 90 degree fittings as much as possible.Minimize the use of extra fittings and ball valves. (I see softwash systems with 4, 3-way ball valves before the pump!) Think, Hose in: Hose outMount your 12 Volt pump wet end down. If your pump should happen to drip, the drip will not soak electrical components.Keep a spare 12 Volt pump in your truck ready to install.Buy spare micro-switches at Grainger or Google them online at a huge savings. They are only $3 compared to replacing the entire switch for around $15-17. You can find the micro-switch by taking apart your pressure switch. It is an easy thing to find and the part number is stamped on it.Do not use PVC hard pipe to plumb your pump. The hoses should flex a bit. Pics of rigs with lots of PVC criss crossing the floor boards and meeting up to a 'manifold of carefully labelled, wall of PVC ball valves" looks like a nightmare waiting to happen in the biggest job, on the hottest day when things just can't go wrong.Do not extend the length of your 12 Volt suction hose beyond 14 feet. It will have a tough time priming and stress the pump. You want the pump to spend it's energy on pumping and not suctioning.Do not use Check ValvesDon't have a tank? Can you get by with a tote or a 55 galon drum? These 12 Volt pumps spew out chemical. Be prepared to use quite a bit.Did you consider the need to mix chemical in the middle of the job? Do you need to install 3-Way Ball Valves before and after your pump to help your transfer chemical faster?Do you have your chemical delivered? How are you going to transfer your chemical to your rig? Do you need to install 3-Way Ball Valves or 3 Way Hose Barbs and Ball Valves to transfer chemical?Use Non-Drying Liquid Teflon instead of Teflon tape on PVC to Metal and PVC to PVC. Throw out the Teflon tape. It does not have any use on your rig. (Metal to Metal: Use Medium Threadlock.) I hope these details help all of you. Thank you for your continued support! Lori ALL-FLO SINGLE_TANK.pdf
  43. 1 point
    Hello, I am going to be putting together my first softwash/pressure washing rig to use this Spring. I am in need of guidance to help me strategically place the components (and which ones)on my 6x12 single axle trailer. I realize that space and options will be greatly limited with this trailer, but this is my first build and I just need to get started. I can expand later to something bigger. My question now is do I need to have a premium membership to ask for this kind of help here in the forums? Thanks-Jesse
  44. 1 point
    Green Wash is all we use as a surfactant for roof and siding cleaning, it works well for us.
  45. 1 point
    No doubt, the covers are money well spent, plus they further add as far as safety goes; they keep the pads from getting wet while on the ground. Once wet, they don't provide nearly the same grip. Another plug for the Cougar Paws - they help to prevent damaging asphalt shingles while being walked on. We're sure to share this tidbit of information with our clients. For those not familiar with the product that Ultimate is referring to above, this pic will help.
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    I have used this product this past year very pleased with the results a five gallons pale goes a long way Mike M
  47. 1 point
    Get the rubber covers too. Well worth it and cheap.
  48. 1 point
    Ive received more calls for roof cleaning in the last week(now that its wicked cold) then I did in all of October. Heading out to do two jobs today once it warms up. Hate cold weather cleaning,but it is what it is.
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    Chris Tucker spent countless hours teaching me. I continue to learn and ask for feedback every single day as we continue to evolve to suit the needs of the softwashers. These guys are right. Keep these systems as simple as you possibly can. Don’t give the distributors more $$. It will lead to a complex system with complex issues to diagnose and expensive repairs. Should you need 12 volt pumps, All-Flo AODD pumps, hose, plumbing components or an entire package shipped to you so that you can do your own custom installation, let me know. We can help you. I can help you find SH for a better price in your area. The RCIA is the organization that you absolutely should join and pay the membership fee. It is the only org that gives waaay more than the fee provide. Everyone bends over backwards to help you learn providing you read, read and read some more. We can cut and crimp suction/supply side hoses for sealed tank systems. Just let me know how long, hose ID, hose ends and types.
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    I just hired my first sales guy who will be starting this coming season. He's ben in sales for over 10 years and is currently doing great at it. He is also one of my good friends. We worked out a cash commission payout as of now. For those of you who have sales employees or anybody working marketing for you; pros/cons, any advice and how successful has your sales people ben for you?
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