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  1. coastal1 added a post in a topic Bergman Roof Cleaning Switching To FatBoy pump   

    A solenoid switch will save you a ton of headache. Instead of the pumps pressure switch having to carry the load of the pump, it will only be carrying the load which the solenoid needs to energize the load circuit which powers the pump.
    I've been running a Ford starter solenoid on my electric rewind hose reel for 15 years now and not one single component has failed.
    Mike
  2. coastal1 added a post in a topic Survey on Gutter Cleaning Solutions   

    F-13 here too. If caught in a pinch, spray nine works good too however, you better be fast with rinsing. Otherwise, the paint is toast...
    If the substrate below the gutters is brick and no plants/bushes within the area, I simply spray the same roof mix with a quick, misting application and rinse with a hose...
    Mike
  3. coastal1 added a post in a topic Slate roof   

    Not going to happen here!!!
    Mike 
  4. coastal1 added a post in a topic Check These Foam Machines Out   

    Neat idea! I watched a couple videos of these last fall. In some cases, it appeared as though a mini blizzard had smacked the side of the house....
    Mike
  5. coastal1 added a post in a topic Dual Small Compressors VS 1 Big Compressor ?   

    Cool  deal. I  built a similar setup last year. I  do a lot of short but long retaining walls. I combined 2 Senco compressors together and for low volume spraying, they work great! They run much quieter than a larger compressor and if one goes down, I can still work with the other.
    I ran a slightly more complex delivery system with dual regulators so I can run two seperate spray guns simultaneously without the need to keep adjusting a single regulator for multiple spraying tasks.
    I too added a small 1 gallon auxiliary tank for more cfm which really comes in handy when flushing out the lines with a wide open valve.
    I run a large RV battery in my trailer which powers a 3000w inverter supplying a 20a breaker. With each compressor only drawing 4a, it works great.
    Obviously, this isn't ideal for large spraying jobs. For those tasks, I run the Bandit...
    For the low volume spraying jobs which have a lot of vegetation which needs to be protected, the single/tandem small compressors work great running my flojet pump. Similar to the Outlaw system but with 2 compressors rather than just one.
    Mike 
  6. coastal1 added a post in a topic Basic Roof Cleaning System, Tanks, Plumbing, etc. Layout Drawings and Pictures.   

    I have a Rubber Queen Diamond pattern rubber mat in mine. It's 15 yrs old now and still looks excellent.
    Mike
  7. coastal1 added a post in a topic NEW 1" PUMP AND IM NOT IMPRESSED! HELP   

    Just a shot in the dark, Sounds almost like not enough air flow making it to the pump.
    Mike
  8. coastal1 added a post in a topic American-ProTech in the Washington Post   

    Very cool deal Ted!!! 
     
    Mike 
  9. coastal1 added a post in a topic House wash / 3+ stories from the ground   

    Hey Ted, I  haven't tried one yet. On one of my trigger guns I have a 4" brass extension  then the quick coupler for the J-Rod. I run a sleuth of J-Rods with nozzles  ranging from 10's for low pressure cleaning through 40's for low/high pressure cleaning. Simply choose the J-Rod which best suits the task at hand and let the juice fly....
    I do plan on purchasing a shooter tip though!
    Mike
  10. coastal1 added a post in a topic House wash / 3+ stories from the ground   

    It's amazing how far you can shoot the chem mix with the right equipment. Using a small 4gpm belt drive machine and with a slight breeze, I was able to shoot the mix all the way to the top of the end peaks of a 3 story brick home. It was actually going beyond the top of the peaks with the auto throttle set at 3/4 throttle.
    Mike
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. coastal1 added a post in a topic Slo Mo Softwash Surfactant is the BEST!   

    Ted, How did it go today?
    Mike
  16. 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
  17. coastal1 added a post in a topic 12v replacement pump   

    Sure can! Virtually any 12v pump can be run off a solenoid.
    Mike
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. coastal1 added a post in a topic Now THAT is a before and after shot!   

    Excellent job Ted!!!!
    Mike
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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