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Originally posted by nextlevel nextlevel wrote:

Michael,
I'd have to agree with you on that. Forums do make it a bit difficult to convey context when communicating to folks.

I've asked inquistive questions and replied honestly to questions others have asked.


Well put!

Obviously, subtle indicators that come across vocally and in body language are lost in this medium, but I think we imagine them as we write. I know that when I write, I usually imagine myself speaking the words, but in a certain way; there's no guarantee that others will read it the way I imagined saying it. So, we often think we're communicating better/differently than we actually are. Just a guess.

More fuel to the fire . . . I think we often take jibes and insults more personally in this medium than we would in person. With friends and family day to day, insults are a large part of how we communicate (at least in my life), just because it's funny. In text, it doesn't usually work as well, unless you already know the others involved really well.

Sorry, I kind of geek out on these subjects. Embarrassed


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Hey Michael,  its bit off the topic, but what  kind of machine do you use?  A porty or truck mount? 

I myself an about to buy a porty just beause of the money constraints.  Any suggestions?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Michael Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20/July/2006 at 5:31pm
I also have a porty for the same reason. A lot of people here will say--and I agree--that someone who knows what they're doing can do just as good a job with a porty as a truckmount, BUT it takes longer. Well, since this is a new business I'm not usually stacking jobs real close together, so I take the time I need. I paired the porty with an RX-20, but I might have gotten a RotoVac 360 if they were out at the time. It's $1000.00 cheaper, and there's less potential for destruction since it's smaller and pulls fewer horses.

The stress on your customers' electrical is at issue if you get all this electrical equipment. Do yourself a favor and get a smart circuit indicator. Be frugal with your equipment and supplies--get quality, but don't splurge. You need a good marketing budget, or all that equipment won't do you much good.

Hope that helps. The Carpetologist, Ted Harding, is one of the best assets on this forum. He could really help you.
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Times have changed, I was in the biz for a long time, sold, then recently got back in, People have changed, The customers are more educated as to methodology in cleaning, having said that, I find them responsive to new techniques. Recently, I was impressed by "Padmans" pictures and postings, so I talked to the "Carpetologist", he set up a demo with several types of machines and I purchased an OP machine, I demonstrated it to a potential customer who just had their carpets cleaned by a TM and , needless to say, I have the contract. and it`s huge..but it`s more than a great machine I have a fairly new tm and an RX 20 that I normally use, the custy was interested in something new, and it worked out well.

Finally, the customers want SERVICE SERVICE SERVICE, and friendly service to boot...this customer I mentioned told me his former contractor worked from 9-5 MON-Fri, even regarding floods, Whats all that about??? This biz is 24/7/365, if you don`t do that your either very lucky or  unsucessful, when you show up at 3:00am to suck the water out of a clients flooded basement, don`t think they don`t remember that when someone is knocking at their door for $10 bucks cheaper..

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote thermedix Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20/July/2006 at 9:57pm
So to answer the question, 20 years ago there were no forums like this to refer to, good bad or ugly, if you extract one good piece of knowledge from these boards, it`s worth the time you spend on it.
It`s not how far you fall...it`s how high you bounce back up...
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Good stuff, thermedix. I like the then/now perspective.
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No doubt getting into the business 20 years would have been a different story.  Man I couldnt imagine, or maybe I could.  People are incredibily resiliant and will find a way. The spirit of entrepeanurship in America in particular is great.

Michael,
Was the  decision to go with a porty a tough one?  I find myself trying to reason with getting a really high horsepower porty like the Recoil3hp  and an economical one like the Diamndback Stormchaser 06.  All this will be paired with a Rotovac 360 at any rate. Jus want to make sure like you said i don't overload the customers circuits.  That would be a real bummer, even though I know it will happen  sooner or later.
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It happens, and it sucks, but people are pretty cool about it. It will usually happen at a place where the owner is already aware that their electrical is substandard.

The decision to run a porty wasn't tough, because I was already used to it. If I were used to running a tm, I probably wouldn't even consider a porty. Why? Because no one likes to downgrade. My current extracor is a Ninja 500, and my next extractor will likely be a tm, either a Hydramaster 421/427 or a Diablo; my computer is a Socket 754, and the next one will probably be AM2; my current girlfriend has a hotter body than the one before; etc. Most people can't stand the idea of downgrading.
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Thanks Michael for your kind words and yes we built KK on helping others.  Its actually nice to hear from people that I helped out and who are doing much better than I ever have done financially. 
 
We all have our own talents. It just that some have not surfaced as yet for many people.  Michael do not worry about nextlevel. His talents are evident. He could clean with a bucket and a brush and still get customers. Even his name tells you he is on his way up.
 
 


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Congratulations on landing the big new contract and you landed it with an op machine the Activator.
 
This news will piss a few non believers off.
 
Welcome back to the industry.Clap


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Originally posted by Carpetologist Carpetologist wrote:

Thanks Michael for your kind words and yes we built KK on helping others.  Its actually nice to hear from people that I helped out and who are doing much better than I ever have done financially. 
 
We all have our own talents. It just that some have not surfaced as yet for many people.  Michael do not worry about nextlevel. His talents are evident. He could clean with a bucket and a brush and still get customers. Even his name tells you he is on his way up.
 
 

I should get a new name . . . . . Wink
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Thanks Carpetologist
It was a pleasure doing business with you..
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