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Stupid Brand names…. Great customer service and the customer with a GOLDEN hammer!

Well you know your company has a great name, brand loyalty and a great product when a company remembers your company name after 2 months!  Well what actually happened…. is amazing also.  I emailed this company then after 2 months I just showed up at their office unannounced.  My contact guy actually remembered my business name and web address…. after 2 month off the top of his head…. this is basically the same thing!  LOL 🙂  What gets extra points is my business name is a web address and  wait for it…. it is easy and short!  WHAT!  LOL 🙂  People love the name and the web extension is the standard (.com).  It is also stupid enough to remember and everyone on earth loves CAKE!  The problem is the name has nothing to do with what I actually do (“No…. I do not design cakes.”)…. plus I tried to pay a graphic designer to make a logo for me and he said he could not?  LOL 🙂  (Yes I did my own logo.  🙂 )  So whatever…. I made something!  Also I am a nice guy!  🙂

Speaking of a nice guy…. I purchased this GOLDEN hammer today!  Why?  Well…. because I really like the customer service I get from the store.  Do I need this hammer?  No…. but I always purchase something from a local hardware store.  Something to think about when you provide great customer service.  (I have also been going to Fastenal lately and also ordered from them online.  Why?  Their customer service is so much better then a box store it is insane.)

I can not see much use for this hammer…. But my inner nerd can envision Bob Widlar using this hammer to widlarize something.  LOL 🙂

Car Wash / Work Gloves for the Cold Weather times…. or to Pick up the ladies…. or direct traffic. :)

Well these really seem like great gloves…. but it was only a little below freezing when I tried them.  But I am a baby in cold weather…. it is like I am 90 (actually my kid is even better then me 🙂 ) and I was wearing my Carhartt quilted work pants with my crappy USA made Welch big & tall suspenders which I actually like better than my high quality Carhartt suspenders.  (When I am wearing 100 pound pants they seem to want to fall off!  🙂 )  I also was wearing my matching Carhartt quilted flannel lined jacket so I could show I am a total baby when it gets cold and of course I was wearing a beanie maybe even a liner.  Also I looked stupid with matching dark brown pant and a jacket…. but last time I checked it was not a fashion show?  Or was it?  LOL 🙂

OKAY back to the point these G&F 1528XL GripMaster Cold Weather Work Gloves…. I probably like G&F dipped gloves the best.  But I also just purchased the Dewalt cold weather gloves which I have not tried yet (I wanted some all black gloves and a review claimed the Dewalt logo would come off!  It did not…. yet.).

Well the G&F gloves seemed pretty nice…. I open the equipment room door with my keys.  Also I could find the correct key!  I could use a Dixmor remote to do stuff…. also I could click the correct buttons on the remote (I believe every time)!  I repaired a problem using wrenches.  I could also control the wrenches and put the wrenches back in the wrap!  I could put money in coin acceptors…. this started to get a little harder.  But it was fine and I could control the quarter almost normally.  I could get out my Gerber (which is starting to rust…. I just noticed) I believe it is called the diesel multi-pinch?  LOL 🙂  I had it stored in that little utility / knife pocket I believe all carpenter pants have.  This is good that I was able to get my multi-pinch tool out because it will come in handy for the last challenge.  Picking up quarters from the ground!  First quarter was a little hard…. second well I gave up and used a different method.

I also got these gloves lightly wet and the water did not seep in while I worked the whole time…. the whole 5 minutes.  Yeah…. It was cold!  LOL 🙂  It was probably an hour or two I believe?

I would recommend everyone trying these out…. plus they are pretty cheap I believe at $5.99.  If you do purchase them let me know what you think.

LINK for gloves

So I made an order from Kleen-Rite yesterday….. Shipping Again Really?

I would have to say KR shipping in my opinion is not honest.  The “receipt” I received states “*** PLEASE PRINT CONFIRMATION AND RETAIN IT FOR YOUR RECORDS ***”  WHY…. It is totally incorrect!!!!  So the original official shipping I confirmed is $41.63…. UPS Ground.    I would say this is pretty final if you ask me…. but actually no one did ask me!  🙂  At the least someone should have emailed or called.  That is customary for companies to do when they overcharge customers on something.

Then I get 2x “Invoice”s from Kleen-Rite….. with additional shipping charges. So now my total is $175.34 not $162.36 or $12.98 more.  (I did check my CC and KR did charge me the higher amount.)
Sure places make mistakes…. but no one called or emailed me and told me they were going to charge me more money.  I hate to be a little cry baby…. but this is actually one reason I have not purchased from them since 2013.  Shipping cost.

Also a side note…. they should just include the shipping on products like  $12.02 for a < 1 pound item is insane….. I would not have purchased that!  I believe that is what makes this $12.98 increase even worse for me.  Sure the other shipment weighs 60# and if they just increased the shipping for all the items and it was not itemized it would not be so appalling.

Another thing I hate….. why can they not quote greater than 99#?  I do not want to call anyone…. so I just purchased less.  Sure I am stupid…. but welcome to the new generation of people that only use new technology!  OLD PERSON!  LOL 🙂


Microseven Security Camera for your Car Wash

I ened up purchasing 2 Hikvision camera instead

But I almost purchased this Microseven cameras…. the which is $120 and has wifi, built in storage (sd card) and free live streaming. You can also use it with blue iris and they sell their own NVR. $90

Actually looking at it…. I was going to purchase 4x 3mp version. $650 or $180 a piece.

The reason I posted the Microseven camera is it might be interesting to note how technology is evolving.  Wifi, build in storage and free live streaming from a camera that cost half as much as a camera 10 years ago.  It is really amazing.  You also do not need a DVR which is the best feature…. plus with the ip based cameras all you need is a wifi router and then you can search footage without a computer!  I probably replace at least 4-5 computers in 10 years.  I also replaced at least 3 dvrs.  Replacing cameras unfortunately is a wash because I had to replace them over the years.

These new cameras can also support NVRs which some have amazing features…. Hikvison’s computer software and I believe some NVRs?  (I have not looked yet though support logging car tags and counting people.  You should check out the manuals if you are interested…. pretty cool stuff.

Need a little help moving stuff?

Well I am busy…. I can not help you move anything sorry.  LOL 🙂  I have been moving a lot of stuff recently…. and this was just a little tip no one shared with me.  I had to figure this out myself.   I would normally just roll my ratcheting tie straps up and put them in a case.  But now I use these Kotap BB-6B Ball Bungees which are 6″….. they are great from holding everything together.  Also after loading all your crap onto a trailer there is nothing worse then having to secure the excess strap….. well now I just use the bungee.  They save a little time and really help…. it is also easier to get the bungee off then some stupid knot I made!  🙂  The 6″ size seems to be perfect for the straps also.

I would really recommend both of these:

DRB Systems to acquire Unitec…. Now you are Screwed! LOL :)


I am just kidding!  I do think it is scary though…. because I am pretty sure DRB does not answer or repair anything unless your contract is paid up?  I am also pretty sure someone told me their service cost was 3k a year?  (Or 3 bands… according to my new hood friend fresh out of the block.  He had to tell me what a band was?  🙂 )  To be fair the 3k was for tunnel equipment…. but why not everything?  Also another problem would be the industry push for just tunnel equipment these days…. Unitec at least had a focus on the IBA.  But like other people mentions I would never panic!  LOL 🙂  They will probably not change anything.

BTW…. if you want to purchase the above Unitec entry unit it is for sale.  It is also empty.

LINK to Article

The DEAL with Arimitsu pumps. :)

It is all a sales pitch…. just a sales pitch.  There pump is no better just more expensive upfront and more expensive for parts.  (Assuming the Arimitsu can last as long as a Cat pump?  Not sure anyone knows yet?  LOL 🙂  How ironic.  Maybe they will last longer…. I would hope so.)

Look on the chart below where Arimitsu correctly quotes stats of their pumps.  (I assume the Arumutsu 313 is correct?  Also the Cat stats?)

Next chart they use their same Arimitsu 516 pump…. but claim an alternate gpm.  This 5 gpm is also quoted sometimes as normal specs when it is convenient (marketing or error who know).  But the problem with this is….


Both the Cat pumps compared in the top chart can actually do the same exact configuration.  In fact…. both pumps can do it cheaper upfront and are cheaper on the seal and valve kits.  Except for the 5CP2120W valve kit which is more expensive but that pump is the cheapest.

5cp 310

So if you hate charts the Cat 5CP2120W is the best pump and the best value.  The reason these pumps are compared is because everyone thinks they need 5 gpm…. which I believe is not needed at a self serve.  But this is just what everyone always “has to have” or argues is better about the Arimitsu pump.  The majority of operators use Cat 310 pumps I would guess?

Arimitsu 516: 705 Valve kit: 116 Seal kit: 95
Cat 310: 586 Valve kit: 63 Seal kit: 78
Cat 5CP2120W: 565 Valve kit: 179 Seal kit: 82

So ask anyone why they would purchase an Arimitsu  516 pump and besides being fooled by the marketing their answers will be:

  1.  Quiter  (I do not actually accept this as an answer…. absolutely the silliest answer ever.  Who cares?  Really…. Who?)
  2. Easier to work on?  (Whaaaa?  Unless they fit themselves?  I am not sure what this even entails?)

Seriously…. anyone who advises you to purchase an Arimitsu pump got them when they were $150-200 cheaper than Cat pumps.  This is the only way they made a good educated decision.  I am sorry the truth hurts sometimes.  Or just let me know…. I asked the question on a forum and not even Greg let me know what the selling points were.  I had to guess on the 2 selling points above.

You know I would purchase an Arimitsu or any other pump in a second if they cost $200-300 less than a Cat pump…. I actually looked at these pumps 5-8 years ago when they were cheaper.  That is why I remember their selling points.  Cheaper pumps and cheaper seats and valves…. yeah it is supply and demand.  Just like the College system in this country.



CustomKraft Innovation Made Simple

I do not think CustomKraft would mind this plug and me reposting some of their pictures. I think more companies should act like they are run by real humans. I really like it. It also seems like they have a small factory…. but lots of employees. Also no welding in any pictures?

A side note…. when I started with website development/programming. All my sites were super fly and had frames…. well…. just like poor old CustomKraft’s website. 🙂 Give me a call CustomKraft I will redo it for you. 🙂 Plus…. please get rid of the noise when you click things! 🙂

CustomKraft MultiPressure System really could get a patent?

So I was emailing someone about CustomKraft equipment and did not remember the company’s name…. why would I? I have never actually seen their equipment in real life. Do you know why? The person I was emailing said it cost $77k for a 6 bay unit. LOL 🙂 To put that in perspective a Jim Coleman pump stand would cost $50k for the stand and an extra $12k with the spot free. Then the cheapest cheap stuff (Which looks like resturant shelves…. might not be but the design is repurposed from somewhere…. or worse design ever…. I believe.) Etowah Valley Equipment cost $22,699.85 supposedly they come off the price also (this is list).

Anyway I like the idea of CustomKraft equipment but since every car wash basically has the same system as described in their patent I am not sure how they got a patent…. sure they are describing bypassing and low and high pressure but no one ever did this? Well it does not really matter anymore…. their patent expired on or before August 31,2010.

The present invention generally provides a car wash pumping system which can dispense any number of additional chemicals at a low-pressure utilizing a high-pressure pump without the necessity of an additional pump, pumping controls, and fluid lines to the boom and wand assemblies. The present invention may be easily installed within existing car wash systems and is of a low cost and low maintenance design. Further, the present invention does not require additional lines to be run to the boom and wand assemblies thereby not requiring additional means to prevent the freezing of these lines, such as the application of heat tape or a closed loop system, both of which are time consuming to install and expensive to operate. Further, the present invention allows for the application of cleaning chemical solutions at a low-pressure to prevent the unnecessary waste of these chemicals as well as reducing the hazard of splashing these chemicals upon the operator.

One thing that is funny…. the only thing I have heard around this system is it is “wasteful”. Personally I understand the argument and yes purging the lines it technically wasteful but their system is still very high tech for old crusty 1982 tech! LOL 🙂

Also if you ever wondered how their system worked…. well I guess check out the patent?

Weldless Bulkhead – Stainless Steel

One of the problems I have with the Jim Coleman Super Savers are that none of the tanks have a drain at the bottom of the tank. This part would be a nice add on drain…. a weldless bulkhead. My problem is it would stick up to much…. a weld on version would be nicer. But a weldless bulkhead will be cheaper than a welder fixing Coleman’s equipment because an operator did not design it. 🙂