Comments from a newbie


#1

Greetings! As someone who’s been in the business for only about 5 months, I’ve been lurking here for a while, trying to learn as much as possible and get a feel for the community. Definitely appreciate a venue like this!

I thought I’d go ahead and do more than lurk and start participating in the conversation. A couple of items to share. One is that I did my first WFP job this week, and was very pleased with the outcome. My rig is a CR Spotless DIC-20 with a Xero Basic WFP. Technically I’ve used the setup a few times already on some solar panel jobs, but with a pressure washer and only using the WFP to scrub. This was the first time I had actually hooked up the WFP to the DI and used it to clean second-story (and some ground-level) windows. I’m not sure if I did everything exactly the “right” way, but the final result was quite nice, if I do say so myself, LOL. Now that I’ve gotten my feet wet (groan), I intend to use WFP a lot more. I realize it will take some time to figure out the ROI on using WFP versus mop and squeegee, in terms of time saved and general convenience weighed against the cost of resin. But I’m looking forward to the process.

(As an aside, I use a 50-foot Zero-G brand half-inch flexible hose to connect the DI to the water supply, and I really like it. It’s so much lighter and easier to handle and roll up than other hoses I’ve used. Again, time will tell how well it holds up with use.)

The other tidbit I thought I’d share is a photo of another interesting job I did this week also.

This house has a full basement which is completely below ground level. Basements are rare here in southwest Arizona because of the shallow water table, but the few I have seen here are usually only partially below-ground with 2 or 3 feet above-ground where windows are generally installed. As you can see, this basement does have windows (a total of 4 sets like these). But since the basement is totally below ground-level, the builder had to basically dig out miniature mine shafts away from the building in order to let light in. Each one of these shafts has a permanently mounted metal ladder to allow access to the windows. I’m curious to know if anyone else has run into anything similar.

Well, that’s it for my first post. Again, thanks to everyone who maintains and participates in this forum; very informative!

Jay


#2

Welcome!

I like your description of"mine shafts". They aren’t rare here in KC.


#3

Thanks for the welcome. Interesting to know this architectural setup is common elsewhere.


#4

Egress windows here are also very common, ladder is an emergency escape from the room by code in order to be classified as a bedroom.

I am surprised to see one in your location.