coastal1

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  1. coastal1 added a post in a topic: ARMA video on roof algae   

    The black stains on a roof is an algae! Gloeocapsa Magma, and no, it alone won't damage the shingles. The granules are generally ceramic so, the algae won't damage them... The gloeocapsa magma helps create an environment for the lichen and Moss and that's what damages the roof. Telling customers that the black stains are damaging the roof is misleading! Informing them that the black algae will detract from their curb appeal and can create an environment for the lichen and Moss which will cause damage is the more proper way to explain what's going on.
    Yes, the black algae can cause a roof to run hotter especially in the summer which may shorten the life span of a roof however, that would only be a slight amount and even so, it's speculation.... I know of no testing which could definitely prove or disprove the notion.
    Mike
  2. coastal1 added a post in a topic: Basic Roof Cleaning System, Tanks, Plumbing, etc. Layout Drawings and Pictures.   

    It's polyethylene so it should be fine.
    Mike
  3. coastal1 added a post in a topic: Slo Mo Softwash Surfactant is the BEST!   

    Wow, if we can get the stuff like "King" syrup, that would be awesome. Of course, applying it would be a real pita....
    Mike
  4. coastal1 added a post in a topic: Slo Mo Softwash Surfactant is the BEST!   

    Excellent deal Ted.... I'm gonna have to give it a try. We've got some really steep roofs around here and the Bandit loves throwing the mix like there's no tomorrow.
    Mike
  5. coastal1 added a post in a topic: Slo Mo Softwash Surfactant is the BEST!   

    Ted, How did it go today?
    Mike
  6. coastal1 added a post in a topic: House wash / 3+ stories from the ground   

    Great job Ted! That ole gal's looking much better now...
    Mike
  7. coastal1 added a post in a topic: 12v replacement pump   

    Sure can! Virtually any 12v pump can be run off a solenoid.
    Mike
  8. coastal1 added a post in a topic: 12v replacement pump   

    These systems can be a little confusing however, when running a relay or solenoid switch, you would run the line power to the input of the solenoid switch. On the same terminal run a power wire to the pumps pressure switch "line side". Take the other red wire which generally goes straight to the pump and run it back to the solenoids switch terminal( small post ). Run a hot wire off the other side( output terminal ) of the solenoid and connect it to the red wire of the pump.
    The pump switch needs to be "hot" at all times. When the pressure against the switch drops and closes the switch contacts, it energizes the switch terminal of the solenoid which allows the higher current load to pass through the solenoid and go to the pumps hot wire.
    Mike
  9. coastal1 added a post in a topic: Class Action Lawsuit - Home Advisor   

    Excellent, Those SOB's deserve it! They make us pay twice, compete against one another then Cherry pick their favorite when there's actually a job to do...
    Mike
  10. coastal1 added a post in a topic: Optimizing your videos   

    Excellent post Dave! Thanks for sharing with us!!!
    Here in Central MD, We have a fair amount of homes near the water along with boat houses which have both Cedar siding and Cedar roofs. I see this a lot and it truly is destructive to the shakes.
    One of the homes(not on the water) near me is so bad, the entire North facing side is a green carpet of Moss. Neither myself nor any of the other roof cleaners have been successful with getting them to have it cleaned. Such a shame to see such an expensive roof go to waste....
    Mike
  11. coastal1 added a post in a topic: Now THAT is a before and after shot!   

    Hi Ted, I don't normally travel south of the Edgewater, Davidsonville or Gambrills areas.
    Mike
  12. coastal1 added a post in a topic: Now THAT is a before and after shot!   

    Excellent job Ted!!!!
    Mike
  13. coastal1 added a post in a topic: Additional Services with Your Roof Rig?   

    I almost always try to treat chimneys while doing a roof. I will try to add on walkways, patio areas etc which will require the same strength of mix as the roof.
    I've up sold many brick walkways which the customer thought looked good enough as it was however, I knew it would look far better once I was finished.
    I treated a walkway last fall which blew the customers mind when they saw the end result.
    The walkway is 38 years old and looked like it was just layed when I was finished.
    In a lot of cases, there are many other items which can be up sold if you simply look around!
    Mike
  14. coastal1 added a post in a topic: Time to replace the KURI TEC Kuriyama Spray hose   

    All excellent points!!! A lot of folks fail to realize ball valves "choke down" flow. Same with the reels and manifolds if not the same size or larger than the hose. If you need additional ball valves, install larger valves and adapt them back down to the hose size. The valves can be very restrictive.
    I do the same with multiple size hoses. When I don't need as much throw, I'll use the "lighter" smaller diameter hose. If I need intermediate throw, I'll use the larger hoses coming off the pump and choke it down with the smaller hoses to save on weight pulling back down when on a ladder.
    The length of the hoses absolutely dictates throw. keep it short when possible. Also, If running 12v systems, The restrictions of complex valving or too small of hose or excessive length will cause the pump to work harder. More Amps equals more heat on the pump! Something else to not overlook, If running a 12v system and spraying from the roof, have your hose running up a ladder versus hanging straight over the edge of the roof. Running up a ladder makes it easier for the pump to push the solution rather than a perfect vertical rise from the ground to the edge of the roof...
    Mike
  15. coastal1 added a post in a topic: Spring is around the corner....   

    Same here. Suppose to be in the high 60's by Sunday. Even next week is suppose to be in the high 50's to low 60's. The phone has already started ringing and this should help.
    I'm ready to get the ball rolling full steam!!!
    Mike