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  2. Hey Bill, somehow I missed this. Yes, portable vacuum systems have been a huge changer. I still don't get how someone doesn't use them today! Pool Rx is a great product too for those problem pools!
  3. You're very welcome. That's what I'm here for
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  5. Your home page is killer. It's a beautiful site. I would recommend putting more verbiage on the home page, about us (include a picture of you and some history about yourself) and also the contact us page. Google doesn't rank based off pictures, etc. They do so off of verbiage. So relate the content to your page and google should give you a boost.
  6. I'm glad the videos are helping you out! I usually put in the skimmer and make sure it's the last chemical I add, since it doesn't pass through the filter like bicarb does. You can also take a panty hose and tie it to the skimmer lid to have it slowly dissolve in the skimmer box. I'll check out your website shortly. Have a great day.
  7. Thank You, I watch all your videos.. They are very helpful.. Im sorry for so many questions lol.. Ive worked for 2 pool companies and 1 puts the stabalizer in the skimmer and the other puts it directly in the pool.. I really dont like putting it in the pool because it takes long to dissolve and just looks ugly. What do you do when you add stab. Also here is a link to my website www.theotherguyspoolservice.com any tips i can get will be greatly appreciated
  8. I really like the power pole because it's not a cam system. It's a click system. The rubber in the cam will eventually get swollen and the pole will be hard to extend. https://pool360.poolcorp.com/p-451088-power-pole-w-lever-lock.aspx It's not the cheapest thing but will last for a very long time. I'll be doing a review on it soon!
  9. I was trying to find where to post this but could not find where.. what pole do you recommend to start.. something not that expensive but reliable.
  10. Great idea. In this industry you need to CYA (cover your butt) so no fingers can be pointed at you. I've had the documents you speak of save my butt on more than one occasion!
  11. Thank You, so what i took off the chemical only package because you are correct. Customer might say they will net, brush and vac but at the end they wont.. Also as to the services ive done to the pool on that particular week, ive created a file where i mark down the chems for that week , also services i provided for that week, which will help me keep everything organized. I can upload the document for anyone who needs to use this as well.
  12. Welcome Edgar and thanks for joining the forum! Congrats on your business! You're doing a lot of what I did when I was breaking into my own pool business. I worked a job that had me there Monday through Friday, and also Sunday. So I built my pool route on Saturday. I did this for 7 months or so before I went full time in pools. What I would do now is work HARD on your website, SEO, and get seen online while you still have an income from the other job. That way, when you do break from your current job you already have a solid foundation built and you're not trying to mess with it while you're trying to add clients to make a living. Get all the admin stuff out of the way now while you're slow. There aren't enough hours in the day to do everything once you get busy. Believe me.
  13. Good question Edgar. My opinion is to keep things simple. I narrowed down my packages because it got too complicated. I couldn't remember which pool got what service, etc. Eventually you'll remember but in the mean time you'll get calls that you didn't vacuum my pool, brush my pool, etc because you had forgotten that particular pool was a full service. I've also found that lower level services aren't usually kept up by the clients. For instance, chemical only services. They often times do not actually clean the pool or filter so the pool will eventually turn. Then, you have the finger pointed at you. I offer a basic and premium. The difference is we don't vacuum with the basic. Everything else is the same. I hope this helps.
  14. Hi, i wanted to see what is everyones opinion on having 1 Package or having multiple packages. Like for instance. Having a chemical only package or having a package that includes vacuum twice a month.. That's just an example.. But i would love to see everyone's take on this
  15. Hi , My name is Edgard and i am located in Cape Coral and just started the process of starting my own service company. It's called The Other Guy's Pool Service LLC. I currently work for another company on Sanibel island. My plans are to keep working M-F with them and do my own route on saturdays. I currently havent gone full blown on the marketing since i am still putting everything together little by little. By the way I Love your videos . Any tips would be appreciated. Thank You
  16. Hey Quintin, Thanks for your post and nice to meet you. It depends how you look at the route purchase. Yes, you get money right away, but keep in mind you're often times fronting 10 months worth of income for each account. So after everything is all said and don't you're not really making money until 12-13 months to cover all the costs and your initial investment. If you're going to be the best in your area, I'd suggest a small purchase to keep you busy. Then let everything catch on with word of mouth. That's the route I've taken. Welcome aboard and let me know if there is anything I can do! Erik
  17. Hello! My name is Quintin, and I'm looking to enter the pool service industry once I return from my overseas assignment. I'm looking for a business that allows me to be my own boss, that is flexible, and that will allow me to move back to my home town of Melbourne. My initial thought was to buy a small existing route through a pool route broker to get started; it would give me an opportunity to get trained and have a modest income right at the start while I grow the business. I enjoy ChlorineKing's YouTube channel and website. You are advancing your profession through education and networking, and I thoroughly enjoy learning from you and your colleagues. Very Respectfully, Quintin
  18. Here's a video showing you how to achieve the correct time on the easy touch. How To Set Your Time Clock On Pentair Easy Touch
  19. It's crazy... the neglect haha. I don't either. I pass them off!
  20. I had a similar one like this but a picnic table & umbrella were in it. Almost like an In n out patio table. Even a bag of cement. I actually don’t do these kinds of swamps anymore ?
  21. Two big game changers for me were the Pool Rx & a PowerVac. 15 years in the biz & 2018 was first year for PowerVac & about 3-4 years ago started using the Pool Rx. ?
  22. It's so funny how they don't realize the relationship between to two. I had some interesting responses on the YT video I did about CYA. That's a nice recommendation with the adapter. With the Riptide, I bought an extra net/brush adapter so I could put one both on my net and brush. It makes changing them so easy. I think you'll like the Riptide.
  23. For me it has to be the Taylor test kits. I spent a good 10 years using OTO tests and my pools always managed to get algae. Now with the 2006C, I am able to do proper titration tests that give me the exact chlorine level. You would also be very surprised how many pool services there are that have no concept of the FC and CYA relationship. I get guys that tell me, they keep their CYA at 100 but still keep their chlorine at the county standard, which is 1-3 PPM. So they are constantly buying algae kill which adds copper to the pool, over and over again, which leads to staining. I can't tell you how many times I have said, if your CYA is 100 you need a FC level of 10ppm or higher. I get a lot of weird looks. I plan on getting a riptide soon, so I'll definitely be finding out for my self just how much of a game changer it is. Also. As a pool tech, I would often get frustrated with exchanging my brush and net all the time due to having to re-adjust my pole. So I bought a pole adapter that eliminated having to adjust the pole every time. A small recommendation but a big one for me. You could also use one to mount the riptide pole coupler to it as well, so you can detach it when ever you want. You can find them on ebay for pretty cheap.
  24. I agree with both of those. The riptide basically carries everything I need for one trip (huge time saver along with huge muscle saver) along with less time spent cleaning each pool. You're right about the truck wrap. I did mine as well and have gotten business from it. A pic of my truck is below. I think to add on to your post, I think a reporting system is huge. It's a great CYA tool for your company and the clients appreciate it.
  25. I want to hear about some things in other pool business that would be considered game changers or maybe little hacks that make our lives easier as pool professionals. Something you recently have changed in your business and said to yourself "Why didn't I do that earlier?". For me personally, I purchased a Riptide vacuum and vinyl wrapped my truck recently. The Riptide knocks off a significant amount of time at each stop and the truck wrap is literally a rolling billboard that is seen by thousands on a normal day of pool truck driving. Let's hear your "wish I'd have done that sooner" moments!
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