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Chesapeake wrote:

Well, I finally decided to break down and spend some money.  I've been wanting a flatbed for a while so I finally went for it.  This is going to be my no pressure roof cleaning and power washing rig.  Its a 2006 Ford LCF with a 15' flatbed.  It will probably be a few weeks before I get it together.  I'm gonna start on it this week. 




Here's a pic of my current rig.




 Chris, that new rig is AWESOME!!  Can't wait to see it all set up!  It looks like your trailer is nice too.  Do you have enough work to run two rigs or are you unloading your trailer?...  I might be in the market...
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Hi Chris! Sweet upgrade!!! I hope the flatbed works out for you. Keep us posted!

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Woodytwin wrote:
 Chris, that new rig is AWESOME!!  Can't wait to see it all set up!  It looks like your trailer is nice too.  Do you have enough work to run two rigs or are you unloading your trailer?...  I might be in the market...
Good luck


 Thanks.  I cant keep 2 rigs busy right now, but I do plan on keeping the trailer set up.  I'd like to buy as much new as I can, for the flatbed. 

I got the monkey cage cut off tuesday night and picked up the steel for the ladder rack last night.  I'm planning on building the ladder rack on saturday. 



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Chris I hope you keep us updated with pictures of your rig Build. I think it would be very helpfull for us new guys. Thanks, Doug Ohio Roof Cleaning

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Hi Chris, that truck is gonna rock!! I will miss seeing the traditional blue trailer riding around, it was kind of like your symbol around here. I think if we got a tall enough bucket truck it might allow you to hit both side by reaching over, only problems are the expense of buying a big one then the expense of maintaining it.

It would definitely add to anyone image though to have a bucket truck all vinyl-ed up rolling down the street.

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Here's a few updated pictures.  I removed the cage, and got most of the ladder rack built saturday.  I put some lettering on the front of the truck as well.  I'm gonna try to paint the bed and rack by the end of next weekend. 

-- Edited by Chesapeake on Sunday 20th of September 2009 05:50:33 PM

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Thanks Bill.  I'm really looking forward to getting it done.  I am sticking with the signature color. The bed and rack are gonna be painted blue.

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Its gonna look awesome with a blue bed and rack. Cant wait to see the pictures.

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Looking good Chris, keep us updated. How many tanks are you going to put on it and how many gallons? Doug Ohio Roof Cleaning

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Thanks.  My plan is to have a 125gal. roof mix tank, 325gal. water tank, and up to 4 35gal. chem tanks. 

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Is the 125 gallon the only tank you'll use for roof cleaning? What do you use the other tanks for? Thanks, Doug

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The 125 gal will be my only roof cleaning tank.  This is due to the fact that I do mainly residential homes, and I can usually do 2-3 houses on a tank.  If I have a larger project, such as an apartment complex, I can carry extra sh in the 35 gal chem tanks, or in a larger tank on my trailer.  My plan for the 35 gal. chem tanks will be to have 1 tank for house washing chem, 1 for sodium hypochlorite, 1 for sodium hydroxide, and possibly 1 for sodium percarbonate, or oxalic acid.

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Chesapeake wrote:

The 125 gal will be my only roof cleaning tank.  This is due to the fact that I do mainly residential homes, and I can usually do 2-3 houses on a tank.  If I have a larger project, such as an apartment complex, I can carry extra sh in the 35 gal chem tanks, or in a larger tank on my trailer.  My plan for the 35 gal. chem tanks will be to have 1 tank for house washing chem, 1 for sodium hypochlorite, 1 for sodium hydroxide, and possibly 1 for sodium percarbonate, or oxalic acid.




Great Plan and those are all money making chems needed by those that do more than just roof cleaning.

 

Sounds as if you know what you want and what works for you so I say---Run with it.



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Chesapeake wrote:

Here's a few updated pictures.  I removed the cage, and got most of the ladder rack built saturday.  I put some lettering on the front of the truck as well.  I'm gonna try to paint the bed and rack by the end of next weekend. 

-- Edited by Chesapeake on Sunday 20th of September 2009 05:50:33 PM



That is going to be a SWWEEET Rig! What A great platform to build from.

I have done only a few of these type of large builds on this large platform type flatbed trucks.

Just my opinion but for the newbies and other guys here that have thought of a flatbed build but were unsure of where to start. This is going to be the build to LEARN from.

Chris, I am sure you have done this but, if you think out the bed layout and draw it out and revise on paper , making as many revised schematics as you need to get the dimensions and layout of all the equipment and tanks and etc. BEFORE you start welding and cutting things usually work out better in the end.

Just a personal been there , done that tip?

Anyway keep up the posts and pics.

Looking mighty fine there buddy!




 



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Chesapeake wrote:

The 125 gal will be my only roof cleaning tank.  This is due to the fact that I do mainly residential homes, and I can usually do 2-3 houses on a tank.  If I have a larger project, such as an apartment complex, I can carry extra sh in the 35 gal chem tanks, or in a larger tank on my trailer.  My plan for the 35 gal. chem tanks will be to have 1 tank for house washing chem, 1 for sodium hypochlorite, 1 for sodium hydroxide, and possibly 1 for sodium percarbonate, or oxalic acid.


Excellent Chris.  Very good plan.  You know your stuff.

 



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I can't wait to see whats next, thats going to be a really nice rig. Please keep posting pics as you progress. Whats the approximate MPG on those cabforward trucks?

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DBKeifer wrote:

Looks like you'll have plenty of room on that rig for everything you'll need. I have not build a rig yet, but i am thinking about starting off with a small bucket truck. Try to eliminate using laters. The trucks I have been looking at have a height of 25 to 35 feet. What do think of that idea. There should also be plenty of room in the back for a tank and compressor. Thanks, Doug



I think you would be very limited with the bucket. Problems could be not getting close enough to house, trees, tearing up lawns and not getting to rear of home. just my .02

 



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That is going to be a SWWEEET Rig! What A great platform to build from.

I have done only a few of these type of large builds on this large platform type flatbed trucks.

Just my opinion but for the newbies and other guys here that have thought of a flatbed build but were unsure of where to start. This is going to be the build to LEARN from.

Chris, I am sure you have done this but, if you think out the bed layout and draw it out and revise on paper , making as many revised schematics as you need to get the dimensions and layout of all the equipment and tanks and etc. BEFORE you start welding and cutting things usually work out better in the end.

Just a personal been there , done that tip?

Anyway keep up the posts and pics.

Looking mighty fine there buddy!
 



 I haven't started drawing the schematics yet.  I'm gonna wait till I get my new tanks, so I have accurate measurements.  I do have a pretty good idea where everything will go, but the schematics are a must.  I did however build the ladder rack out of my head and a rough schetch.  Lol.



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I can't wait to see whats next, thats going to be a really nice rig. Please keep posting pics as you progress. Whats the approximate MPG on those cabforward trucks?




 MPG isn't as good as I expected, but it will do.  I averaged 10-12 driving it home from Missouri, except when I hit the mountains of West Virginia.  There I got around 8.  From what I hear, the isuzus get a little better and the mitsubishis get the best, around 16-18.  My current rig gets 10, so as long I can maintain that or better, then I'm happy. 



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Roof Cleaning is 85 percent of my business, so our trucks have dual 300 gallon tanks.
One is shingle roof cleaning strength, one is for tile roofs.
We use tile strength to clean d/ways and walks, and we clean houses by diluting the shingle mix w/o using pressure.
I CAN clean a house pretty fast with our chemical pumps, and a water hose.
But we dont like too   no

WAY more money cleaning roofs in tampa, house wash dont pay chit, and take too long yawn

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