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Post by Freemind1 on Tue Jul 04, 2017 7:40 am

I have never been too hip on adding glass grinding to my list of services, but I think I will end up doing so, just because of this new contractor I am working with. With painters blading glass, and the scratches it can cause, I think now it makes sense to add this service. I doubt it will do much on the resi side, but who knows.

I already have the felt pads, cerium oxide, and the polisher. Just bought the glass grinding pads today from a company that I have been trying to get ahold of.

Now to find a few windows that someone pulled from their house, that I can practice on.

I hope this can turn into a profitable service that actually has some demand for. This same company offers stuff to restore headlights on cars, but that doesn't make a lot of sense for what I do. I'm sure for the right person, that could be pretty profitable.

I will have about a hundred bucks in the initial investment, so if this turns out to be something I am not good at, at least I wouldn't have a ton invested and lost.

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Post by milspec6 on Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:44 pm

You might find that the market is in a whole different direction like maybe restoring the glass on antique furniture for example. My neighbor used to work on fixing vacuum tube televisions and started dabbling in fixing up antique radios for something to do. Now he is in high demand restoring antique car radios for the car show clubs in the Midwest.

I would look into the niche markets instead of the windows, better grade of customers.
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Post by Freemind1 on Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:47 pm

You could be right. But who knows at this point.

I've watched enough videos and done enough research that I feel confident in doing some for myself. I don't know what direction it might take.

If it pays well enough and I enjoy doing it, that is what counts.

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Post by milspec6 on Tue Jul 04, 2017 3:04 pm

I agree, never know where it will lead. If the expenses aren't too high up front, I see no reason to add the service.
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Post by Freemind1 on Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:41 pm

To this point, I have not gotten a chance to use my grinding pads. I need to get ahold of a contractor and see if he has a few windows he has torn out to practice on. The storm doors I replaced on my house, I actually couldn't get to scratch!

So today, I ordered a screen washer. I really didn't want to, but I think this would just make me more a "pro", because some folks really would like them washed. At this point, I don't wash them, because I am not breaking out a T-bar and sleeve to clean screens. It's messy, and time consuming.

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Post by milspec6 on Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:25 pm

Adding the screen washer makes perfect sense, I think that is the one task people do more often then even the windows. At least around here they do.
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Post by Freemind1 on Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:08 pm

I've not heard of or noticed folks here doing that. When they clean the glass, they clean screens.

It's just another higher level of service offering for me. I caught one on sale for 300 bucks. Normally 400.

I know for a fact, not one cleaner that comes here, has one. Maybe it will create a little "buzz" for me.

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Post by milspec6 on Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:07 pm

Anything to stand-out is a plus if you have lots of competition. Sounds like a good investment.
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Post by dp1 on Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:54 pm

What about blinds cleaning ? I know that it can be time consuming especially blinds that are close to the kitchen will be greasy as hell, but it can be good source of additional income ?
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Post by Freemind1 on Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:11 pm

No desire to invest over 10K in an ultrasonic cleaner, when most people buy blinds at walmart.

Some have higher end blinds, but not enough to support me investing in the ultrasonic.

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Post by milspec6 on Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:38 pm

I tried the ultrasonic route years ago, didn't see any from it and sold that machine off at a loss.
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