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Alright guys.... I put together a wand for applying chem to a steep roof that I have to clean. It is pretty much just like the telescoping wand for pressure. I used a Unger 27 foot Telescoping pole and replaced last section with 1/2" pvc. and ran 3/8" hose through center and out the pvc which has a 45 elbow. A 3/8 barb/3/8 thread is at end of wand and then fitted to Teejet assembly for tips. I put a backsavergrip on pole to attatch the ball valve assembly to.

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Looks good!

Have you had a chance to test it out with just water yet? I'm assuming you're going to use it with a 12 volt pump? One thing that you might consider is putting a q/c on the end so you can switch to shooter tips as needed. Other than that, I can't really see anything else I would change without actually testing it in person. It's going to come with the same headaches that all extension wands have with regard to weight and managability, but it's a possible alternative to using gas-powered pumps for steeper residential roofs.

If you haven't already, do some dry runs with water and let us know how it goes.
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I have run it with water to test for leaks. It isn't anywhere near as heavy as my pressure extendable wands. (Lighter hose and aluminum)The Teejet assembly allows me to change tips fairly quick. I thought about the qdc but I went for the lighter plastic Teejet stuff.
 

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I wonder what chlorine will do to the aluminum pole?
If I understand the design properly, the chlorine isn't in contact with the metal, it is run through it in a hose.

Chlorine will eat the CRAP out of aluminum...Just ask my trailer.
 

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I have thought about the aluminum but I really only want it to work for just the steep roof that I have to do. I can't seem to get any distance out of the 1.8 @100 shurflo. Do any of you wash houses with your roof cleaning shurflos? John Blue? Roller?
 

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I have thought about the aluminum but I really only want it to work for just the steep roof that I have to do. I can't seem to get any distance out of the 1.8 @100 shurflo. Do any of you wash houses with your roof cleaning shurflos? John Blue? Roller?
I've never washed an entire house, but I HAVE used both the shurflo and the roller pump to clean the fascia and soffit when the customer requests it, if it's not horrible. Faster than pulling the pressure hose off the trailer and all that. Did one the other day...sprayed the roof, then as I rinsed each side from the ground, I sprayed the soffit and fascia down and rinsed with the hose. Came out great.

The problem with using it for housewashes all the time is pressure...I don't get enough pressure to rinse some types of siding.
 

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Barry makes a good point. I've had the glued ones come apart while on a roof.....What a mess! Schedule 40 (to save weight) threaded would work well.
I've had one come apart too, after quite a bit of useage tho. Threaded is better, and that's what I use.
 

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The chlorine isn't contacting the 45 directly, is it?
It looks like the hose goes all the way through the fitting.
It's going to get chlorine on it sooner or later. Just like when a garden hose gets wet at the end (and elsewhere) when used. Liquids always find their ways onto/into almost anything.
 

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Actually it isn't glued at all. I have it just tightly fitted together. It's only purpose is to place a slight bend in hose and keep it from coming back down.
 

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Did the roof today..... Wand works but I think that it wasn't needed. Roof wasn't as steep as I remember when I gave bid. I was really able to shoot from roofs edge with my normal wand. (Phelps Knockoff) So, I think it will be like my other telescoping wands.... Sit dusty until that special situation.

Thanks for the input.
 
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