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Post by Matt; My carpet cleaner on Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:29 pm

EBay just makes me laugh. People try to sell something at 50-100% more than the going rate. Take stair tools for example. Typical S.T w/ 30"+ handle going for $250-350!! These are the same kind, just like I bought several years back for.....$125. So you click the item; usually on that page they will post "similar" items- with a lower rate.
Same thing with air movers,
or the basic 12" \2 jet\1.5" tube wands. Low of $175-190....high of: upper $200's. $100 difference.
I sold my 2jet stair wand 2 years age: didn't clean good enough.

Which leads me to..,........................my new stair wand!!!!


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Post by Matt; My carpet cleaner on Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:34 pm



That is a PC 11.5" (no its not 12". Just like a subway footling is not 1 foot long)
4-9515 jets. Cut it down to 36", added a new trigger. Just need some of those no drip jet things. Drips like an iv.

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Post by milspec6 on Sat Sep 01, 2018 6:31 pm

You hacked up the ProChem Quad wand? I still use that wand for all my residential, they just work so well that I never got rid of it. It should make for a great stair tool albeit a little heavy.
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Post by Matt; My carpet cleaner on Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:12 pm

I did.
I've used the wand 2-3 times. Grumbled almost every second using it; except the winter job where my other wand had frozen up on me and this was my only option outside of rescheduling.
Because its so heavy, it can irritate the tennis elbow I have in both arms. Then I'm aching for several day and start doing the ibuprofen regiment..

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Post by milspec6 on Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:19 pm

It is a heavy sucker, that is true, but the recovery is good and it gets underneath everything.
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Post by Matt; My carpet cleaner on Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:36 pm

used it today. man is wish i had mod'd it years ago.
doing stairs, was simple and cleaned like.....

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Post by milspec6 on Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:53 pm

Every knight had to make their own sword, every guitarist their own instrument...I guess a cleaner needs to fashion their own tools.
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Post by Matt; My carpet cleaner on Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:49 pm

@milspec6 wrote:Every knight had to make their own sword, every guitarist their own instrument...I guess a cleaner needs to fashion their own tools.

I like that.
Or
I'm like that.
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Post by Freemind1 on Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:27 am

@milspec6 wrote:Every knight had to make their own sword, every guitarist their own instrument...I guess a cleaner needs to fashion their own tools.
Perhaps there is something to that...

I have been looking at built power washers, ready to go. Now I find a company that sells everything in a package, you put it together. Saves about half the price, or more....
Since I have no real local service company for them, I guess I'm better off knowing my machine in and out, right?

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Post by milspec6 on Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:01 pm

I think that is the right move Freemind, building your own will teach you a ton about the machinery. I found myself building both my guitar and amplifier from scratch 2 years ago just to end up with exactly what I wanted instead of something "close". As a result, I can now troubleshoot / repair any problems instead of driving 40 miles to the nearest shop and paying someone $95 / hr to do it for me.
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Post by dp1 on Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:06 pm

Holy $&@# Batman, lol.
I had to re-read that like 4 times, no joke, I went back and forth between 11.5” and 36”, how in the world he hacked something a LOT shorter and it becomes longer, lol.
I got it, my reaction was still like I said up there, holy $&@#, you are one crazy dude, I would never cut a $ 600 wand down, there has to be a stair wand out there that cleans just as well as that and it’s lighter.

Btw Bob, how do you like that stair wand you bought from me a couple of years ago ?
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Post by milspec6 on Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:35 pm

I love that stair wand Dp! Not only for stairs, but I use it to clean the carpeted flooring in my van and have used it to get around bathroom fixures in some old apartments that still had carpeted bathrooms.
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Post by dp1 on Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:43 pm

Might be too late for you Matt, since you already hacked that wand, Tony sold me that wand that I sold to Bob, I think it was around $ 150 ? 2" tube, similar to prochem stair wand, well it's Tony's, go figure, lol.
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Post by Matt; My carpet cleaner on Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:06 pm

to clarify:
width of wand head is 11.5".
I cut the tube to 36"
$500 wand? The Prochem wand? I see jon-don has them for $700+
-first; it was given to me and I had know idea how much they cost. I wouldnt in this life time pay $700 for one; nor even $500.
-a friend of mine and I would sometimes do large jobs to gether. We'd switch off; he'd use his PC wand. I would put my 14" WP on when i cleaned.
-It was sitten collecting dust, so Im putting to use now.
-used PC wands like this are like a 'ford pinto'. a classic that dosnt get used much.

-used it again the other day on a rat nasty. hosed the stairs down with prespray; slow 1 pass cleaning. awesome.

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Post by milspec6 on Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:37 pm

The PCQ was an expensive wand back before the Titaniums started rolling out, but they do show up now for around $350 used in this area. What IS still expensive are the jet manifolds for that thing so take good care of them. Every cleaner likes something a little different than another and if the 11.5 inch head fits you, then you found the perfect stair tool.

Having the right stair tool is probably one of the most important arrows in the quiver for a cleaner as stairs can kill a back if using the wrong tool. Heaven knows I did for years using a full-size wand and it was murder after the first flight.
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Post by Matt; My carpet cleaner on Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:10 pm

First time in my cc career of not having to crouch or bend over for stairs Smile

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