I would buy ladders how else can you get to the higher areas. Either that or a bucket truck which is what used for off ground work.
Look in a bargain counter in the newspaper or what ever adds you have there. Be real careful and look at the ladder CLASS rating.
Extra Heavy Duty IAA Maximum intended load 375lbs
Extra Heavy Duty IA Maximum intended load 300lbs
Heavy Duty I Maximum intended load 250lbs
Medium Duty II Maximum intended load 225lbs
Light Duty III Maximum intended load 200lbs
I use Werner ladders and they hold up the best. They are a Little heavier that aluminum ladders but help protect from schock
Here is a basic OSHA test to read http://www.union.edu/Safety/EHS/OSHA...%20answers.pdf
Be careful on ladders. When you set the ladder and pull the handle to spray it will kick back on you and you could loose your balance. I pressure wash a lot on our job sites on brick structures and this is the safety factor that's missed many times.
When you bid a brick wash job make sure you mention that some mortar most likely will blow out and will need pointed if its an old building.
Most of our pressure wash jobs are for brick Restoration. Pointing and pressure washing go hand in hand. That's another area to consider for that part of a pressure washing business.
Many times masons just do the masonry work and not the actual cleaning of the building, or the owner isn't aware of it at all and thinks the building just needs spruced up. Be careful of painted jambs of blowing off the paint and not to mention Lead Paint. There is a quick test kit for that at the big box stores. It a little capsule that you snap and it mixes the liquid in it and has a felt tip to dab on the paint. It has a color chart to show you the proper use. Cover the unforeseen to cover your liabilities and unexpected job costs. If is lead paint then better get schooled on Lead Abatement and the Legal Proper way to handle that. It may vary a tad from town to town but its pretty much standard. Check the local codes to make sure BEFORE you bid the work and put a clause on the contract to cover that Unforeseen that happen.
The best washer on many things is steam but be careful
with that. It cuts dirt and grease and old paint real well but, but you can do some damage
with it. Steam versus just pressure makes a big difference. It take a lot less pressure in steam to wash down than straight water pressure.
Steam Is a learned process. Some surfaces can't take the heat so always know the material you are going to clean down and test spots can save a lot of problems.
To have a good complete system it takes two pressure washer to handle job situations. When just water pressure leaves some skips on masonry work steam gets the tough spots.
Test the site for the right nozzle tip and Psi When starting any pressure washer job so you don't do damage to the surface.
It harder to work with steam on ladders etc above ground but you can't beat it for the tough spots.
As far as pricing a lot of it depends on the pressure washer GPM of how fast you can go.
For ladder work I use a 4 GPM 11hp 3,200 Psi and it is also adjustable on the machine itself.
There is a turn knob to tweak the pressure and we have 5 different tips for the spray nozzle.
Many home owners get a pressure washer and just look at the Psi and not the GPM.
Volume is just as important if not more than Psi so it doesn't take a month of Sundays to spray a deck.
Again Your completive bid will be the washer speed to get the job done. Signed 21 Boat
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