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Jim Ordway

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    Hiking | Camping | Road Trippin' –Motorcycle and Car | Love Vacations

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  1. I just replaced diaphram's and seals on my NDP-15. When I hooked it back up it wouldn't pump, so I disassembled and redid it...still no flow (light spurts). Massive air coming out of the exhaust port. Could this be an issue with the air side and need to be rebuilt? When the diaphram went out I had liquid coming out the air exhaust port. This is when I gave Kevin a call, he highly recommend I disassemble and get it rinsed out well, which I did. Oh this learning process can be hard on the brain. Thank you in advance for any advice.
  2. I'm the one right now on the roof with helpers on the ground, but I too want to get off the roof. I'm seriously thinking of sending my guys to Reality Rope Access for training/certification. I ordered their manual a few years back and it is very thorough. This business has risks, chemicals-power-heights-driving, and managing risk is so important! But, avoiding any risk is profit avoidance.
  3. It'd be nice to not have to get on a roof. But cleaning solely from the edge just isn't going to happen in the Pacific Northwest. The roofs can be covered with all kinds of growth and fallen debris, pitch of roof can help preventing massive build-ups, but it still requires on-the-roof to remove. Doug Fir needles are difficult to blow off from the top down, I wouldn't want to try and remove them standing only at the gutter line—I'd still be at the first job years ago. Moss is so much easier rinsing off from top down as well. I can't speak for others, but these are some of the reasons we harness up and get in the roof.
  4. I do not have my water hoses on reels. I find having 50' lengths is the best for us. It is easy to set-up and break down, and stretching out 50' lengths doesn't require too much space. If I have 150' of hose connected, to dissemble and put away I simply disconnect the furthest connection pull the furthest hose with me to the next connection, disconnect that connection and pull two hoses to the end of the last hose. Now I have 3 hoses stretched straight with the female ends furthest away from the truck. I coil up each hose and end up with the 50' coils in one location, right next to my vehicle. It is much harder to do this with longer lengths. If I had my water hoses on reels it would be one continuous hose, which would be the simplest, IMO.
  5. The valves are Viton and the diaphragm is Santoprene. Both of these compounds play nicely with SH.
  6. Well, I was curious to see how long it would last if I did not rinse it. Sure it's easy enough to rinse it, but at some point for the sake of effiency even simple tasks can be eliminated without compromising the final result. I'm not quite yet recommending not to rinse, but just reporting the results I have had skipping that process with this particular pump/application.
  7. I've been using this ShurFlo pump as a transfer to 6 gal totes. I never rinse it out and it's been lasting at least a year or so. I am in the process of switching to air, and future plans I will be looking at a small air pump for transfer or a pool pump. Man handling a barrel of SH is not recommended, just a pulled muscle or worse waiting to happen.
  8. Good info, my page Beckon Call could use some speed improvement, but for mobile it gets a 97/100 for user experience. I really need to to revisit and update, my services could be highlighted better. But, I am still ranking awesome locally.
  9. The compressor is quite heavy, over 500 lbs. My concern is by moving it all the way forward to the front is my tongue weight will surely exceed 500 lbs. My current truck has a 500 lb tongue limit. I am hoping to add a larger truck this summer.
  10. This could definitely be a good alternative to using a battery. I am curious if anyone has set it up, and what has been learned.
  11. Okay, I am waiting on items and am now having way too much fun. I found a program called SketchUp, it can be found at http://www.sketchup.com and it is pretty darn cool. Until my tanks arrive I am waiting on final configuration. Until then, I can play around with mock-ups. From everybody's advice on balance this is one mock-up I've came up with, and the compressor could also be moved to the very front as Pro Clean Exteriors suggested. With this set-up I can use the fresh water tank to offset the weight of the SH and Mix Tank side. What do ya think?
  12. This one looks good. The business name is more obvious, did you darken it up to make it stand out? It is awesome you're doing a Home & Garden show, I bet you're sales pitch is going to be way better and delivered more confidantly after a weekend of nothing but educating potential customers. I think Gary's idea of dirty shingles from a roofing company is genius. You can talk all day to someone and they just don't "get it"—but if you show them, they'll not only get it, they'll want it! Be sure to post up how it went and what you learned! Good luck!
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