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Don’t Count Your Chickens …

I had a $1000 window job lined up for next week. About 100 windows, inside and out, plus screens, seasonal storm window unmounting, and sill work. The customer calls up and says she’s changed her mind, and now just wants the outside of the upstairs windows done. So it’s now a $150 job. Great. Oh well, at least I’ll have it done in under a day. I hope? The place has cedar shake shingles, and she’s having the roof oiled. Maybe I’d better look into some heavy duty grease cutter cleaner too.

Will I still take the job? You betcha. $150 is $150. Will I do utterly amazing and impeccable work? No. But I’ll still do a damn good job. “Lessons learned”: most of the window companies won’t even show up for less than a $175 job. This is why. It’s hardly worth loading up all the stuff and driving over there for such a small endeavor.

Well, some good news anyway. On my Squeegee in a Can post, one of the comments there mentioned Hope’s Perfect Glass, and how it does a super job on windshield haze. I couldn’t find the half gallon jug, but I did find the quart sprayer at Lowe’s for about $4. And the stuff really does work like a charm on windshields! Even those that are out baking in the sunny parking lot. You’ll go through a lot of paper towels, but all that dried on muck comes right off. And it doesn’t smell like a chemical factory. I’ll wipe some mineral oil on a window and leave it for a couple days, then try it out on that ... because cedar roof shingle oil is almost pure mineral oil, and I’m expecting a lot of overspray. If it doesn’t work by itself, maybe I could mix it 50-50 with denatured alcohol. That ought to do it. Denatured alcohol cleans bowling balls, and the oil the alleys put on the lanes ... is mineral oil.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/19/2009 at 08:17 PM   
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