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Old 06-26-2010, 09:17 AM
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While anyone can be taught to use something, it is possible that the teacher is teaching a bad method. Keep reading the owners manual on a pressure washer, and I guarantee it is being used improperly.

Anyhow, that said, if it is TRUE that ANYONE can PROPERLY use a Pressure Washer, or Lawn Mower, it is also TRUE that "Not Just Anyone" can properly run a Profitable Business. This is why 9/10 fail. They simply are being run by "Just Anyone"

Not knowing the numbers or sound business principles will cause failure in an instant.

For the record, I do not think "anyone" can pick up a machine and do 20 minutes of online research and do what I, a professional, does. On a game show called "Are you smarter than a Pressure Washing Pro", I'd make contestants feel like kidergarten students.

Original poster... Sorry your thread got out of hand like it did.
Running a power washer or a lawn mower and running a business are two totally different things. Its funny how people make lawn mowing and power washing out to be a trade.
Its not like being a mechanic or a carpenter or an electrician that requires some skill. Its monkey work just accept it. Lots of people dont want to do it. Running a business...takes some knowledge and can be very difficult at times. Lots of ups and downs and mistakes,money troubles, but as far as the work itself: You will never convince me that powerwashing....powerwashing???...really powerwashing!!!...takes skill. Patience and a little instruction maybe, but seriously its not hard.

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Old 06-26-2010, 11:02 PM
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I would guess that you have never stood behind a wand for 14 hours strait climbing up and down 40 foot ladders, for 4 days. let me come over to your house and show you how a monkey with no skill can wash your deck, then blow out your window and ruin your $5000 tv. NOT EVERY ONE IS BORN WITH COMMON SENSE!!!!
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Old 06-27-2010, 11:27 AM
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I would guess that you have never stood behind a wand for 14 hours strait climbing up and down 40 foot ladders, for 4 days. let me come over to your house and show you how a monkey with no skill can wash your deck, then blow out your window and ruin your $5000 tv. NOT EVERY ONE IS BORN WITH COMMON SENSE!!!!
Exactly...a little common sense. Or how bout I come to your house and drive a mower into the side of your car, then drive it into the house, then fling a rock through your slider, then flick a cigarette into the gas tank and blow up the mower. Then I will drive the dump truck we came in into the side of your house. This scenario is as ridiculous as yours. ITS A POWER WASHER...GET OVER YOURSELF.
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Old 06-27-2010, 11:58 AM
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Exactly...a little common sense. Or how bout I come to your house and drive a mower into the side of your car, then drive it into the house, then fling a rock through your slider, then flick a cigarette into the gas tank and blow up the mower. Then I will drive the dump truck we came in into the side of your house. This scenario is as ridiculous as yours. ITS A POWER WASHER...GET OVER YOURSELF.
what are you, 19-20 years old?
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Old 06-27-2010, 12:03 PM
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what are you, 19-20 years old?
I am 31. If you read the post above mine you will see what I was responding to. I was simply making a point about how ridiculous it was. I guess power washing is rocket science. Sorry....I am gonna sell my power washer. I dont think anyone is smart enough to run it.
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Old 06-27-2010, 12:14 PM
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31??? Your acting like a 19 year old kid that thinks he knows everything.
Do you have a power washing business or is it something you do on the side?
How long will it take you (alone) to wash a 2000 SF - 2 story home?
What would you charge for that service?
Which tips will you use?
How tall is your ladder for this job?
If the home owner would like to have their roof washed, are you equipped for that?

I will answer after you and that will show the difference between a professional and yourself
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Old 06-27-2010, 01:13 PM
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31??? Your acting like a 19 year old kid that thinks he knows everything.
Do you have a power washing business or is it something you do on the side?
How long will it take you (alone) to wash a 2000 SF - 2 story home?
What would you charge for that service?
Which tips will you use?
How tall is your ladder for this job?
If the home owner would like to have their roof washed, are you equipped for that?

I will answer after you and that will show the difference between a professional and yourself
How old are you. I am not in the power washing business. If you look at my previous posts do not claim to know the business. I said there is a lot to know about lawn mowing and powerwashing BUSINESS. I really dont care how long it will take me to powerwash a 2 story home. I dont know what to charge for that. I would have to look at my manual to find out what tip to use...says it right in there but I dont remember off hand. I would probably use a 32 foot ladder but it would depend on the foundation and whether it was a walk out basement. I would probably use a 40 footer if it was in the back. I dont claim to know the power washing BUSINESS. RUNNING A POWER WASHER IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE. STOP MAKING IT OUT TO BE. My guys use my power washer to clean the machines, trucks, I use it for my own house. Guys borrow it from time to time to do their own houses too. I think maybe you should read my posts instead of trying to quiz me on the business. You take yourself very seriously and thats good but as far as running a power washer(i have repeated this several times)its not that hard, and its not a trade. GIVE ME A BREAK. its a glorified garden hose. Do you need a license to power wash? Is there a powerwashing trade school. Can you go to college for it I didnt think so, because its not very challenging.
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Old 06-27-2010, 01:18 PM
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Running a power washer or a lawn mower and running a business are two totally different things. Its funny how people make lawn mowing and power washing out to be a trade.
Its not like being a mechanic or a carpenter or an electrician that requires some skill. Its monkey work just accept it. Lots of people dont want to do it. Running a business...takes some knowledge and can be very difficult at times. Lots of ups and downs and mistakes,money troubles, but as far as the work itself: You will never convince me that powerwashing....powerwashing???...really powerwashing!!!...takes skill. Patience and a little instruction maybe, but seriously its not hard.
Read what I wrote here. Do you even read what I wrote before you get all defensive.
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Old 06-27-2010, 01:22 PM
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31??? Your acting like a 19 year old kid that thinks he knows everything.
Do you have a power washing business or is it something you do on the side?
How long will it take you (alone) to wash a 2000 SF - 2 story home?
What would you charge for that service?
Which tips will you use?
How tall is your ladder for this job?
If the home owner would like to have their roof washed, are you equipped for that?

I will answer after you and that will show the difference between a professional and yourself
I know a few of those answers just because I have done my own house and my mothers house quite a few times but every question you asked could be easily figured out with minimal research. I have no desire to find out the stuff I dont know because I am not in the business nor do I want to be.
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Old 06-27-2010, 02:32 PM
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just because you can drive a car does not make you qualified to run the Indy 500.

I can wash a 2000sf-2 story home in 45 minutes, NO ladders, NO scaffolding and the tips I use are NOT mentioned in ANY manual. That is a $250 job in my area.

With the proper training and tools, my 4gpm rig will wash up to 3 stories high and my 8gpm much higher, ALL without ladders and no custom work done on the machines. Also my machines are much higher quality than you will find in any of the box stores.

The funny thing is, you admit to not being in the power washing business yet you try to tell us how easy it is. By your thinking, anyone with a drill and pair of pliers can be a dentist, anyone with a bucket and paint brush can be a painter, heck spend the money on a knife and become a surgeon.

My point is this - you have no idea what you are talking about and you have no interest in learning so you should not be telling us how "easy" it is.
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