Yeah I hope we can get together maybe November ish. I was thinking maybe we can get some sponsors to pay for some of it or rent a Hall somewhere. What do you guys think? I was thinking Newagain, Ameritech and a couple others might be interested I still need to talk to Bill and Scott to see if they would even be interested in doing it.
As for the gun I like it, I need something like that I can use for when I do pool cages at high pressure. I keep burning through guns when I use the Love. I will keep using the wand for roofs I feel more comfortable using it. Im in Brandon every other week for one of my fleet accounts we will have to grab breakfast or something one day.
I am trying to get more roofs but the competition is tough I've got guys cleaning 14k Sq ft homes two stories (7k Roof space) for less than $800 bucks Im sorry but that house had a lot of veg and a steep roof. (I think Chris got that one!) anyways I have sent out a bunch of fliers and targeted the neighbor hood I did that cleaning in.
Have you guys heard of Advanced Cleaning? I seen they have a decent size fleet. They say they have cleaned 25k roofs.
Nope, it wasn't me, but we are doing a 6500 sq foot barrel Tile one in Avila tomorrow for 1500.00!
Advanced Roof Cleaning is ex Mallard employees who copied them.
Their trucks are even set up 'Mallard Style" ...
Don is correct, Mallard is not what they once were.
Mallard was Alfred Lockyer, and his son.
They had 40 trucks, in their heyday.
The son started Terra Clean, and went his own way, chasing commercial work.
The father sold Mallard out to some new owners, I run into them every now and then.
Mallard also spawned Roof EX, who are very much here in the Tampa area.
They kicked my butt on a job by offering to clean the whole house for what I wanted for just the roof.
Unlike Mallard, they are down and dirty.
BTW, the picture of Advanced trucks is very old, maybe that was them, in their heyday ...
I have only run into them once, and I got that job.
Back in the old days Kory, there weren't many roof cleaning companies around.
We got big bucks for doing roofs, compared to today's prices.
Us "Old Timers" had to figure this roof cleaning stuff out for ourselves.
Before there was The Grime Scene, or this or any other one, there was only the Delco board.
I think I was the first person to actually publicly help people on Delco with my roof cleaning knowledge.
The larger GPM Shurflo pump, with a 5/8 hose was known as an "Apple Setup".
Then, one day, in a fairly affluent Tampa subdivision, I heard about a "Company" doing roofs for 1/2 my companies price!
And, lo and behold, guess what set up he was using ?
So, I "copped an attitude" and stopped helping people publicly on the Internet.
However, the ones that sought me out after finding my web site, I still helped, as long as they were not local!
Others "took my place" on the Delco board, and started helping people with the old knowledge I gave them.
Meanwhile, Beth and Rod, and several old friends from Delco "made the jump" over to The Grime Scene.
I was asked to come, but I had several local friends who hung out on Delco, and I remained behind.
When I finally did come to TGS, few knew me anymore.
But, that has all changed, and I feel I have a lot of information to add to the roof cleaning world.
We pioneered the use of John Blue Pumps and Titan Stainless Steel Hose Reels.
It was only after we bought so many of these products, that the owners of these companies went after the roof cleaning market.
John Blue is an agricultural company, but when I saw a Poly head on their old PP 193 pump, I abandoned the Hypro pump we had been using.
Once they knew what we were doing with their pumps, they saw a new market, and went after it.
And, because of the reliability problems we had with the John Blue PP 193, and the huge potential market John Blue was made aware of, they actually went to Bertollini, their Italian pump supplier, and asked them to make a better pump!
Once Bertollini found out about this new market, they made a pump for Comet, as well as John Blue.
Titan Reels were almost unknown in the Pressure Cleaning world,
but when I discovered they had thick Stainless Steel cores, we started using them.
It wasn't long before Mark at Titan discovered there was a new, potential market.
So Kory, imagine my shock coming over to TGS, and no one even knowing who I was ?
I saw people I had never heard of, posting pictures of the new John Blue pumps, and the Titan Hose reels I pioneered for roof cleaning use.
I know for a fact I was the first roof cleaner ever to use a John Blue Pump, OR a Titan Stainless Reel.
But yet, I get little credit for my discoveries, and contributions to the roof cleaning world.
Instead, I have to sit back and watch others get called "Gods" and "Guru's", using and selling equipment they might not have, had it not been for me, LOL
But Ya know what Kory, it's all good, because if others don't know the real deal, I do, and people are slowly finding out all I have given to this Industry.
One guy from TGS actually called John Blue and Titan to ask about purchasing stuff, and THEY know who I am.
John Blue and me are not on speaking terms for reasons I will not get into here, but Mark from Titan and me are cool.
I even suggested he make his cores out of Titanium instead of Stainless, and he is exploring the possibilities.
I have quietly moved way beyond John Blue pumps, and had you come to the Tampa roof cleaners meeting, you would have seen my latest "discovery", an all plastic, chemically resistant, hose reel swivel, with Teflon internals!
People are switching to the "Mean Green" Polyurethane Hose I discovered, because It has total chemical resistance, and is light, cheap, and strong.
Though some do not like runoff, many have discovered how much faster a larger hose will allow your pump to be, and several from TGS have switched to an "Apple Style" setup.
And, it has all been a "learning experience" for me as well, to learn to tolerate ideas different from my own ...
Actually, one of my old "students" turned me on to the Polyurethane Mean Green Hose, so sharing what I know has been beneficial to me.
I really hope to meet you and all the other Tampa area guys Kory, and your ideas are great, like getting sponsors, etc.