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  1. groutguy

    What is this block for?

    So I developed a bad water leak coming from the brass nipple connector that connects the unloader to this block. The brass piece is where you can see the white teflon tape, and it's leaking from the side that goes into the block. This is a TCS Chief II, my question is what does this block do...
  2. groutguy

    Valves, Check Valves

    I am tired of wands that drip on peoples wood floors...so I am on a mission to simplify my wands so they all have the same valves and parts so I can keep them in stock and change out as needed. I am not sure why, but my two main wands are from different manufacturers but look identical, except...
  3. groutguy

    Flash Cuffs

    I love the flash cuffs and have them on both trucks. When I installed them on the first truck a few years ago I had no problem threading them all the way on. The newer truck has what appears to be the same looking 2" blue vac hose, however I can't seem to get them to thread on more than a little...
  4. groutguy

    Need advice on jets

    I have 2 vans, one with a el diablo and the other with a TCS Chief 2. I use the same Prochem titanium wands on both trucks but we struggle with streaking on the TCS Truck. The wand on the EL Diablo truck has 5 jets 80015's and the Wand on the TCS truck has 5 jets 9501's. El Diablo has a roots...
  5. groutguy

    Anyone having wind issues this morning?

    We just had to reschedule our first job due to high winds and power outages. Gusts in excess of 70 MPH. Would you go out in high winds if the customer still had power? My pilot light won't stay lit in this wind either. I was just getting the van ready when they called and cancelled and the rear...
  6. groutguy

    A couple of questions on new TCS Chief II

    I just bought a TCS ChiefII that has only 40 hours on it. Today was the first time I got to use it on a job and had a couple of issues. This was a tile and grout job and we had the thermostat set at about 200 and the pressure at 1000 psi. We pre sprayed the area with no problems but when we...
  7. groutguy

    Deal Or No Deal

    Just picked up a new van. What do you think it's worth? Then I'll tell you what I paid. It's about as new as it get while still being used. Fully loaded 2016 chevy express extended 3500 6 liter with less than 3000 miles, hasn't even had it's first oil change. This thing has it all...power...
  8. groutguy

    Need jet help

    I have a PMF 15" titanium wand that had a clogged jet, as I was cleaning the jet I dropped the small stainless ball bearing down the ladies kitchen sink. Now the jet drips like crazy. I cannot find the little ball online, where can I get this? I found what looks to be the strainer on jon dons...
  9. groutguy

    Flash Cuffs

    So yesterday I got the new wand and devastator set up, and I also installed flash cuffs to compliment them. I was just wondering how others set theirs up. I used a hose clamp to attach a starter to the devastator, which seems to work well. I also have a standard 2 in swivel cuff to go on the...
  10. groutguy

    Yep I am embarrassed to say I was that guy...but no more.

    I have read many threads over the years knocking guys using the 1 1/2 wand that comes with most machines. I always bowed my head in shame and kept doing it. To make matters worse I have been using that stupid little plastic filter. No more! business has been booming and I have been upgrading...
  11. groutguy

    Crazy house fire

    So our first job on Monday morning was a million dollar water front home, a stunning house. We cleaned all the carpet in the home, collected our check and left. Later that evening I see the house on the news...just a pile of ash, completely burned to the ground! The people were at a neighbors...
  12. groutguy

    Today... Citations Sucks

    There once was a time that we could go online and list our business in many online directories such as YP, Yahoo, Mapquest...and hundreds of others. This was a good way to get backlinks to your website for SEO juice... for the main reason of being found on the giant Google. Now many of these...
  13. groutguy

    Blizzard!

    We are expected to get about 30" today...my phone has become dead as soon as they started talking about it. I had to call it from my other phone to make sure it wasn't broken. We started off with a really mild winter (almost non-existent) and we have stayed busy because of it, I was lovin...
  14. groutguy

    Pristine Tile & Carpet Cleaning

    Pristine Tile & Carpet Cleaning offers tile & grout cleaning, carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, concrete cleaning. We service the greater Fredericksburg area including Stafford and Spotsylvania Virginia. Pristine is a family owned and operated business that take great pride in delivering top...
  15. groutguy

    Dead pets? This can't be good for the industry

    Not much info in the article though http://www.thenewstribune.com/2015/03/01/3664073/carpet-cleaning-chemical-kills.html
  16. groutguy

    Fresh water tank question

    My first truck did not have a fresh water tank, so they are new to me. The tank I have has a place to hook up the garden hose to refill. It seems there is a toilet bowl type of float in there but it is not functioning properly and I have flooded my van 3 times in the past 5 months. I can't get...
  17. groutguy

    Extremely historical city of mine!

    Fredericksburg Va is one of the most historical places in the US. There is so much history from both the Revolutionary period as well as the Civil War era. Many days we have to go in the back entrances to neighborhoods because we can't drive commercial vehicles through the battle fields. There...
  18. groutguy

    Beware of porch.com

    A couple of months back I was working on seo and filled out a profile on porch.com, hopefully to add another citation. I uploaded lots of pictures of jobs I did in my area along with all my contact info and website. I signed on a while later and added some more pictures of our work...all was...
  19. groutguy

    Oil Oil Everywhere...

    Got to my first job and was on my 2nd room.... I hand the wand off to my son and head to the van for some stain magic. When I get out there I immediately noticed a drop of oil drip off the ceiling, I looked up I realized the whole inside of the van was covered in oil. I quickly shut down to see...
  20. groutguy

    Palm City Florida

    My friend just moved to Palm City Florida from Virginia, I have been referring all my carpet repairs/restretching to him for several years. If there are any cleaners in this area that don't do their own repairs, give him a call, he could use the work... He does all sorts of handyman work too...
  21. groutguy

    Intuits Demand Force?

    Has anyone heard of or used Intuits Demand Force, I just sat through an hour long webinar on the product. It's basically a CRM that has some very cool features. Including tools for staying connected with customers through email reminders, scheduling, tools to collect tons of reviews, updating...
  22. groutguy

    Oh no...left my wand at last job!

    So we roll up on the next job, pre-vac, pull in the solution line and start pre-spraying. I have just finished pre-spraying when my son walks in and tells me we left the wand at the last job. Luckily the last job was only 2.5 miles away. Many of my jobs are spread out, it could be an hour drive...
  23. groutguy

    Anyone else installing SSL?

    Tre posted a link for a google article that talks about internet security and the importance of adding SSL to your website. After reading the article I decided to add the certificate and update my website. I have been working on it for the past two nights and think I have it taken care of. It...
  24. groutguy

    Wow...talk about OCD

    We have an extremely high concentration of government and military folks here, and many of the military folks seem to be a little OCD. If you look at the pic, these hangers are spaced exactly 2 inches apart all the way accross.
  25. groutguy

    Used truck....opinions please

    I have been in negotiations with a guy selling a setup on this forum. I checked it out and it seems to be very clean and produces great heat and suction. We are very close to a deal but I am holding strong at 28k and don't feel it is worth more, but naturally he does. Here is the thread, do you...