Mid-rise safty question


#1

OK well this is my first 3 story building.

I’m using the WFP and not sure if I should have put this in commercial. If so please move it. I am wondering about the area around the job site. Anyone know how many cones I might be required to place up? Distances from work area etc? I’m going to try and keep the entire job coordination and work areas to the right and left side respectively to minimize the time my hoses might be in the entrance walkway. But well see, I have 150ft of hose and will have another 150 ordered tomorrow as I plan on running two poles. My guy who will be helping me has never used the poles. I told him to start lifting some weights and put his dancing shoes on. lol. We got lucky as it’s the wintertime and the owner said “I just want the stuff rinsed off for the season.” I’m thinking if there is a streak or two, they wont freak out but I think if we rinse enough we should be good to go. I figure I’ll start on the top with the 45 ft pole and when I’m done he can follow behind me on the 2nd level with the 30ft pole. The surrounding area of the building is all grass, which is nice as we wont have to worry much about people traffic. Electric is posted on all 4 corners of the building at 110 volts. I’m supposed to get a key to both electric and water access boxes the morning of the job. I’m not sure what I missed but I’m sure there is something. Any advice on techniques and/or pitfalls I should be thinking of or looking out for?:eek:


#2

Depending on the over-all area you plan on working will dictate how many cones you will need.Basically you want to keep people OUT of that particular area. Allow enough distance from the building to the cones for room to maneuver the pole.

Not sure what you mean by electrical boxes? As you want to stay clear of anything of that nature,im sure you wont have to worry about some water running down as opposed to “exposed wires”

I would work the building in sections starting with the highest windows first but…allowing adequate drip time before your worker goes behind you to get the lower glass.If by chance your hoses will be by where people will be walking it may be wise to place a cone over that portion of hose to avoid the possible “trip hazard”

To avoid the potential streak,drip etc just make sure your getting a decent scrub & rinse initially with the possibility of a 2nd rinse in the event the 1st attempt isn’t good enough.

Now…go make some “CHA -CHING”


#3

As you’ve previously read, Ray purchased an [B]electric[/B] RO/DI cart from Don.


#4

Thanks Larry that’s correct and I’m nervous as hell as the machine has been giving me problems each time I used it. I am working that issue with Don and the engineer. It’s just been very freaky as the motor has heated to the point where the machine will shut down. But the past weekend I ran the thing at my home troubleshooting with the engineer on Saturday. The machine cut off once after about 45 mins of running, then I pulled off the back, let it cool down and it ran for 5 hours with no issues. But still I have my concerns as this thing can’t shut off on this job.

Thanks Craig I will keep all that in mind when on the job. I did not even think about giving some time to the upper glass before allowing my guy to go on the lowers. I’m going to buy a few more cones. I have 4 but think I would like to double that just to cover my butt. I hope it’s not too cold out to do this on the 10th.


#5

Can’t see a problem really except the window above the fixed canopy. You could clean this with a cf superlite but if not you will damage your pole/canopy trying to get to it.
Try & do a row of windows first & then the next row down. The ground floor can be cleaned trad/manually while you fix the machine.
I would have thought the machine would have been exchanged by now if its fairly new?
The electric issue is always a worry, I wouldn’t even attempt the job if this was a problem.


#6

I’m going to go up on the canopy to get those windows. I know that defeats 1 of the purposes of the WFP but I think that’s the quickest way of getting it done. The machine has been running like a top since Saturday with no issues at all. I have to bring it on this job, without the machine this would be a ton of ladder work. I think I just got unlucky with the few times I have used it. I had to do 5 estimates yesterday for gutter cleaning and figured I would bring my test equipment. I tossed on a PSI gauge and volt meter and was shocked that 2 of the homes had low PSI from the spiket (a little under 40). I was really shocked on one of the homes as the water came out hot from the spicket. The homeowner said it was a mistake when the home was built and they never got it fixed. I thought it was cool. 1 home had no power to the top plug and power to the lower plug on their outside outlet. I’m thinking I just had a few bad breaks as the homes I used it on were out in the middle of no place. They were million dolor homes but in talking to my friend who used to be a contractor he said “Money is no substitute for quality, you would be surpised how many beautiful homes are built like crap. Don’t plug into outside outlets you can’t trust them.” So at this point I have to give this a go. You can be sure that if the machine does not work on this job, Don, Kevin and the entire Ionics team in the UK will hear from me until I have a new motor or machine. I will shout from the mountain tops if that happens. But after the last few days the machine has gained a little bit of my trust back.


#7

Have some faith. Its going to be fine !