It would help if you posted a picture.
There is a HUGE difference between 50ft and 70ft (and I don’t mean “20 feet”). I’ve done 5 story buildings before (55ft or so) and you really need a helper to help you or else your shoulders will kill you in 10 minutes. Unless you’re iron man material.
There’s also very few poles that go up to 70 ft. I know I don’t want to do any over 5 stories because the pole gets super squirrely at that height.
1.) What other supplies do I [U]need[/U] to buy, if any, to go with the WFP? (di tanks? hoses? boars hair brush? vehicle equipment needed to transport?)
Umm, it depends. You might be able to get by with nylon, but without examining the glass, I couldn’t say. And without knowing the tds of your area, I can’t say whether a di tank will get you by. My average tds is 700-800 so I need an RO + DI everywhere I go.
Call WCR and they’ll talk you through it.
2.) Are there any pre cleaning methods necessary when doing commercial work, like scraping? or does the WFP take care of all that.
It’s really hard to scrape 70ft in the air if you’re not in a chair. So I would quote it as wfp only and I wouldn’t guarantee the fifth through seven stories wouldn’t have spotting.
3.) What is a typical upcharge when you have to break out cleaning chemicals for hard water stains like one restore, or winsol crystal clear 550?
I don’t use those chemicals so you’d have to ask someone else. I use bio-clean.
4.) Are there indoor kits on the market that can reach windows at a height of 50-70 feet?
You can make one with a backpack sprayer.
5.) If you could guesstimate, what would be a rough timetable of the learning curve of the technique a WFP and an indoor water kit would require?
Depends. It took me over 6 months to figure out how to effectively and efficiently clean in the southwest. Midwesterners have it a little easier without the baked on dirt, but there is still a learning curve.
6.) how long would a job of this size take? The threads I have seen just posted an amount of days for the time it took them, but it doesn’t say the hours worked during those days.
I can do the outside of a 4/5 story hotel (4 in front, 5 in back) in about 6 hours. That’s with a helper and I still split the 6 hours over 2 days because that 5th story is a neck breaker. Seven stories - you’d better schedule a chiropractic appointment at the end of each day.
I think the key here is that with experience you’d be able to answer how long it would take.
But I find this opportunity attractive because it could guarantee the funding of buying such supplies immediately. Plus it would be a huge difference maker in the aspect of which company am I building. The 95% that fail in the first year, or the 5% that make it?
MOST small businesses that fail do so because of either a) going into too much debt or [B]b) growing too fast[/B].
Personally, I’d suggest that you politely pass on this job for now but tell them that you’d love to bid on it next year when you have employees and some wfp experience under your belt.
Focus on building commercial routes, network, and get some houses. The commercial will build you a solid platform from which to grow. The houses are a perfect opportunity to practice wfp because if it doesn’t come out right, ladder up and fix it. The homeowner will just think you’re using the latest technology and that you’re super picky and they’ll be impressed even if you don’t know what you’re doing wfp-wise.
If you take the job now and suck it, the building will never call you back out. If you kill it next year the contract will be yours forever.
Personally, I’d rather have ten $20 commercial jobs (preferably $40, but whatever when you’re getting started) than one $200 job because if one of the $20 cancels, you’ve still got 180 in your pocket. If the 200 cancels, you’re out a chunk of change.