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I think I do not get Car Washing and Detailing anymore?  (Or whichever one did not go out of business. :) )  I also do not get the new ICA magazine…. which I would hope would be better?  But this Kleen-Scene magazine is the best for the self-serve industry I believe.  It even has articles and more articles on how to fix crap.  This is where I will update with reasons the other magazines are worth receiving…..  Just let me know?

One note…. It would be better if Kleen-Scene discusses more current events…. Like association meetings etc.  But it is a great sales mag…. Basically like all the others but they just sell ads.

UPDATE: This is an update for Kate Carr. I found someone who really enjoys The Wash Street Journal.

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Just a note…. Check out the lava arch like device he is pointing at. Even a 2 year old consultant can point this out as a desirable product! :) (He also has a fee like every other consultant that worked for someone else….. His is $100 and you have to change his diaper. :) )

America’s ‘Most dangerous cities’ ranking flawed and inaccurate, Birmingham, Bessemer police say

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http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2014/02/most_dangerous_cities_ranking.html

Quoted from al.com…. from whoever Roper is?
“I can’t speak for other cities, but Birmingham is experiencing historic reductions in crime, and the hundreds of thousands of people that visit the city each year gives credence to the fact that Birmingham is a city on the rise,” Roper said. “We understand there is more work to be done, but the progress has been tremendous.”

Sometime a reduction does not matter? You can still rank as the most “dangerous city”? But I feel safer already! :) Maybe if they drove around Wylam once in a while? (BTW…. It is in Birmingham. :)

So I moved a Jim Coleman Power Pack by myself?

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So I moved a Jim Coleman Power Pack by myself?  But I have not received my metal or patch yet?  :)  How come when you need help no one is around?  LOL  :) I actually didn’t ask anyone like a retard…. I remembered reading a post on autocareforum.com where someone said Coleman basically was designing the unit to require professionals to install and move it. I thought after reading his comment…. Not only is this guy wrong but I could move the stand myself? Well I guess I actually can?

The secret was removing the pump sled things.  It was still heavy though (on one side)…. but when I moved this from this location and drove it somewhere else it got easier…. at the other location I had help to put it in another truck. It was easy with two people to lift the stand without the pumps. :)

This technique of removing the pumps to move the unit will also work for the Ginsan Ultra or Ultimate Compact System. I have actually not put my stand in a truck yet. But the Ginsan unit was actually lighter I believe?

PDQ Laser Wash 4000 with Dryer

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I have purchased stuff from this guy before and he is a super nice guy…. he also sells great stuff. :) He is selling a 1999 Model PDQ Laser Wash 4000 with dryer. Unit was updated in 2009 to add colorshine. Unit is still in use near Knoxville, Tennessee. He said he has spare parts, will help remove and has a forklift! That alone is worth an extra 1-2k. He might even bring it to your location if your close. :) He is asking 7k and he would negotiate. He is just in the oil business and is expanding and needs the bay.

So there is no difference between the LaserWash 360 vs Laser 4000?

I watched this whole video…. and I agree customers might notice nicer signs. But unless I missed something the 360 and the 4000 are the exact same right? No notable improvements? All the differences might not even be good right? Chain driven? Removing the boom? Plus removing the T-bar? This at least keeps the car remotely in a straight line?

The wheels have to be inflated the same so the unit runs correctly…. but the chain is basically the same? Unless it drags the unit? :) You would have tire ware still and eventually the unit would misread I would think? The flexing of the chemical lines I would think would have to be worse on the chain setup? But I understand the boom setup would be more expensive and is uglier…. I guess? The T-bar is the worse idea… unless the new unit comes with rails? Also the virtual treadle I think it a gimmick…. but it would be good to avoid a switch I guess? But you will end up putting a speed bump in for your customers I would think?

Also looks like there example in the video has additional Laser 4000 dryers? Maybe on-board dryers are not that great…. why knows? (But I am not a PDQ expert.) You really don’t need great dryers or any dryers if you have good ro I would think? Looks like pdq uses 8020.net components for there stands? I have never seen one mounted from the ground though.

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I think the reason there are no real improvements noted in the video between the two units is because they sold upgrades to the older Laser 4000?  I’m not sure I was just surprised with the lack of improvement noted on the video.  I would think something like “now with 6 arms” or rotating nozzles?  Higher pressure?  Can clean a car slower or faster?  Uses 10x the chemical as the older Laser 4000?  JK I really do not care….  I think the arm looks better and that is important.  But you can probably purchase a retro fit for that also?  You would be surprised with what an operator thinks is important and what a customer even notices.

I do think the remote operation is unique?  But someone sells an add on for the PDQ 4000?  Maybe PDQ?  :)

I hate cash!

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At this pncbank branch (hover common 772 they have a bill counter…..) (I goto another branch that doesn’t and they are much faster) The same old guy with black hair that runs the drive through always gets my deposit.  Wow! He is so slow and half is on purpose. You could count the money by throwing it on the floor first and beat him.

I do still hate cash and it actually took longer for the deposit because he had to get mad and show everyone?  Plus I had to think about timing him.  :) Last time he shorted me $50 and “found it” at the end of the day.

Simpson 3/8-Inch x 50-Foot x 4,500 PSI Dual Braid Hose

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Okay I guess I found these pictures also…. :) Now I understand that everyone doesn’t use quick release fitting…. but I really like them. This product also comes with them! They also haven’t caused me any trouble YET! So that would add at least $10-15 value I believe? I have purchased five of this product and it seems like a great product? I have also purchase a couple “used” ones from amazon? I guess people with karcher pressure washes purchased them? :) Well $50 and free shipping for a Simpson MH5038QC High Pressure Hoseseems like a pretty good deal?

BTW: The first one I purchased was in March 2013 and I am still using it.

Best Dixmor Remote EVER?!!!!!

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I have been testing out this Sony RM-KZ1 remote and I have to say…. IT IS THE BEST EVER! So what it is for a little baby…. think who your giving the remote to. :) It has super great features! You can program the buttons to whatever number you want them to be? Not sure if that is cool? You can program each selection for 2 numbers! I did this…. cool because I really hate pushing extra buttons. LOL :) But the best feature is…. wait for it! You can disable the volume control!!!! This is actually something Dixmor dropped the ball on. Dixmor should have 2 codes I believe…. one for smart people and one for dumb people. I had a cleanup person actually change the code for me! But they somehow remembered the code? Weird? I am telling you…. If you use Dixmor timers and a remote…. try this Sony remote out! It is really great…. I think it also has extra ir emitters on the remote? But it works a lot better then the Dixmor remote and works out of the box.

BTW I use the remote on Dixmor LED 7 timers.

Kind of sad….

Kind of sad how things change…. I remember Jarret J. Jakubowski JJJ and I wish he sent me my subscription. :) I think I got 2-3 issues and only 1/2 or my back issues? But who is keeping track! :) I meet him at some ICA show and heard him speak and he seemed like a really super nice guy and it actually didn’t bother me. About the only time something like that didn’t bother me…. kind of shows the impression he made. :)

I did get the unrelated SSCWN magazine.

I also remember the scary color scheme that Auto Care Forum was…. I did see Bill multiple times at the ICA shows. Never talked to him though….

http://www.manniwashsystems.com/pageunder/pageunder.htm

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Hamilton ACW 4 display working on an ACW 5?

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Sure why not?  :)   Try and find the info on Hamilton’s website first and let me know.  :)

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Also I’ll purchase your Hamilton ACW 4 or Hamilton ACW 5 from you and not for what you want…. It’s not worth that much!  :)   I could care less what it cost new.  :) 17k? Why not adjust for inflation? LOL :) I also want to purchase a GoldLine and a Unitec Wash Select II.