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post #1 of Old 03-15-2008, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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Hey from Baltimore, MD! How you guys doing?!? My company is: www.ultrabrite.net

We specialize in Residential/Commercial Janitorial, and Pressure Washing Services.

I'm new here...be gentle. lol
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post #2 of Old 03-16-2008, 02:19 AM
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Welcome to cleaningtalk.com ultrabrite. You have a great looking website there - nice job!
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I would never mess with a guy who has tattoos on huge arms! LOL Kidding!

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welcome! Alot of great info here gald you found the site!
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Thanx for the welcome. Man, this website is packed with great info. I started a few months ago, way before we officially began the business plan, reading and trying to get educated on pressure. Prior to buying books, DVD's on the subject, and checking out this site, all I knew about PW's was what I knew from pest control and removing bird droppings from walls....no chems or anything, just PSI. Its pretty incredible how much there is to learn about this trade. And I DONT even wanna get on the subject of wood/decks. I shudder to think that about a year ago, me and a buddy did a deck for some guy where we painted the walls, washed the deck (just hosed it down) and stained it. Went to home depot and got some kinda stain. It was pretty much a cluster *F*, but we pulled it off. Man, if I knew then what I know now... *shudder*. lol
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Welcome and I agree with the decks being a different animal to deal with. I lived in a home back in Montgomery, AL that had deck issues from h*ll.

Never did find anything to help it out as it was constructed improperly. Boards spaced too close to each other to allow water to drain and no flashing or space at the thresholds that allowed water to drain. Every time it rained, the water came into the house and caused major mildew problems on the carpets.

Never sealed properly...warped and splintered wood after a few years. Just a total nightmare from the beginning.

I commend anyone who can address "bad" deck issues.

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Ultra, welcome, bro. Yes, wood is a completely different beast. What you practiced on the deck is more affectionately known as vandalism.

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lol! Yeah, I would probably call it vandalism too. It turned out well enough, but it definitely could have gone south in a hurry
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Welcome! I am (was) from the Baltimore area. I just moved to the Eastern Shore last June and strated a cleaning business in November! Your website looks great!
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Thanx for the compliment on the website 1st Mate. Took my "business partner" (girlfriend) a few weeks to create it. She was doing that professionally until this company started taking off. Well, it was one of 3 jobs she had..I have a real worker here. haha.

Yeah, I'm over here in the Essex/Middle River area of Baltimore. From what I've seen, we have pretty much no competition in our area as far as janitorial/pressure washing goes. Course, I probably just jinxed myself and now they will be pouring in like roaches. Kidding. lol
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lol! Yeah, I would probably call it vandalism too. It turned out well enough, but it definitely could have gone south in a hurry
Well darn it,

Wish I had known about you and Ken when I lived in Montgomery...I'd have let your businesses go "south" to come vandalize that blasted deck. The new owners had to rip it out and rebuild it.

The house was only 3 years old when we bought it and the deck was toast from the day we moved in, as was the vertical cedar siding. Pulling away from the house, warped not correctly blocked, visible spaces between the planks...sheeze...you could see the shiny insulation between the boards...installed wet or green maybe? We had several companies come in to try to remedy the situation over the years. My ex was a penny pincher and refused to pay to have it all redone properly. sigh.

Super shoddy construction and the jerk that we bought the house from was a builder! He'd throw a house up, live in it for a year & sell it. We didn't know that until after the fact.

Y'all have your work cut out for you dealing with wood, the weather element factor and builder-related issues

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Thanx for the compliment on the website 1st Mate. Took my "business partner" (girlfriend) a few weeks to create it. She was doing that professionally until this company started taking off. Well, it was one of 3 jobs she had..I have a real worker here. haha.
Absolutely a great website. Your partner's a keeper

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Thanx Suzikg, she certainly is a keeper. Tough to find someone in business who you can really trust, AND who has an assortment of helpful skills. My main helpful skill in the business partnership, is that I'm good at waking up and making us coffee. kidding...I have my skills. haha
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Ultra (fill in your signature so I don't have to keep calling you ultra). The site is great. The one thing that will take it over the top is a banner designed by a graphic artist. You can get one relatively cheaply at www.kbkgraphics.com and it will add a flare of professionalism that you fall a little short of in the current design.

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There we go, got the signature. I talked to my business partner. She is working on the banner as we speak. We checked out that site you provided PressurePros. She knows how to do that as well. Good suggestion. I showed her your comment, and she looked at me and said: I can handle constructive criticism.
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Hey from Baltimore, MD! How you guys doing?!? My company is: www.ultrabrite.net

We specialize in Residential/Commercial Janitorial, and Pressure Washing Services.

I'm new here...be gentle. lol
hey....
welcome. im the crazy person who spends all of my time cleaning my house! pressure washing ah? need my garden paths blasting! dont fancy getting getting on my hands and kness and scrubbing them! lol. anyway, hi and welcome. nice tattoos!!!

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UPDATE: Looking back on my first posts, I am both shocked and amazed I've lasted this long. HA!

That "great" website was torn down and rebuilt. The new one can be found on the link in my signature. Still though, she did it for free. Can't beat that price! Since those days, she has gone her way, and I went mine. I really do respect her (my ex partner), but she had different business values than I do. I fully intend to dominate. She only wanted to get by.

At any rate..... my oh my how times have changed. haha
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