This video was taken in Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas. It shows different safety aspects of the job that normal window cleaners don't experience. Perhaps its time to swap ladders for breathing apparatus as news of the first underwater hotel is being built - The Poseidon in Fiji & the Hydropolis chains now being built around the world. The worlds first Underwater restaurant in the Maldives followed by the first underwater lodge in Key Largo, Florida needs a window clean, going by this video. Or perhaps try a spot of underwater painting like the locals round here. The way the global warmings going perhaps we should consider it sooner than later!
Monday, 31 March 2008
Sunday, 30 March 2008
The robotic problem is always the same with mimicking animals or insects bodys, we the know the seal is good with a ball & chimps may like sudoko, but wouldn't it be quicker to train the animals to do the job? The species of Mallorcan dogs over here have a natural ability to pad out fires & dolphins have been trained to blow up mines - who knows, donkeys may be great electricians? Anyway with all this monkeys & peanuts talk, could we actually get any animal or maybe a fish to do the job to an ISO standard?
Saturday, 29 March 2008
The hired hand -- an Allegan County man in his 30s whom the Rantzes took into their home when he was in high school -- gutted their bathroom, took the money and skipped town.
A few days back, Rantz mentioned his bathroom predicament to Harold Garnaat (pictured left), owner of Garnaat's Window Cleaning. Garnaat spread the word. Other members of the Kalamazoo Builders Association -- led by builders Ken Klok and Bruce DeHaan -- visited the home and decided to rebuild the bathroom.They began work Friday.
Six of the children are blind, others paralyzed. Cerebral palsy and fetal-alcohol syndrome afflict more than one. Despite their acts of goodness, Wayne and Sarah Rantz have learned that misfortune cannot always be kept at bay. A couple who have devoted their entire married lives to uncommon selflessness have been kicked with circumstances both cruel and devastating.
Sarah Rantz, 57, is in the final stages of the most serious strain of Parkinson's Disease, referred to as Parkinson's Plus. Her battle has been going on for years. On Tuesday, she was hospitalized with what initially appeared to be a stroke.
Friday, 28 March 2008
Thursday, 27 March 2008
Kim Downer, of Baschurch, was told he would have to pay a waiver, costing him £5 a day, as part of a season ticket, to prevent his van being targeted by wardens.
But after holding talks with highways authority Shropshire County Council and enforcement agency ParkRight, Mr Downer has been told he can operate for another six weeks without incurring the wrath of the parking wardens in Shrewsbury.
He has been issued with an official “consent to park,” running until May 5, and is calling for a register of vehicles on regular maintenance duty to operate without payment.
Mr Downer said he flatly rejected suggestions he could pay a lesser than normal waiver fee, pointing out that council vehicles on maintenance duty did not have to pay.
Mr Downer, who has spent the past 30 years cleaning the windows of shops, offices and pubs throughout Shrewsbury town centre, said he needed his van to carry heavy ladders, particularly in the early mornings.
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
The seminar is being sponsored by Cleaning & Maintenance magazine, the FWC & the British Window Cleaning Academy. Windex is the U.K’s largest specialist exhibition for professional window cleaners. Held bi-annually, the show is targeted at window cleaners, contract cleaners and facility managers.
Andy Bragg (pictured below) from Somerset (featured previously) will also be on hand to show his new "Slip 'n' slide". Andy thought up the idea when he had major problems getting water fed pole hoses caught in various situations.
Tuesday, 25 March 2008
Of course, Spain got it all wrong....
Monday, 24 March 2008
Thousands die every day for lack of clean water. Can the man who invented the Segway save them? His Vapor Compression Distiller was 5 years in the making. This one looks ready for mass production, and with enough, Kamen says we could “wipe out 50% of human disease.”
Similar to previous reports here, we will have to wait & see. (Its easier to right click & open in new window to save finding your way back to this page).
"I'm getting neurotic about people overhyping things," he says, "so let me tell you what it doesn't do." Kamen's caution is understandable. He invented the overpublicized, under- performing superscooter known as the Segway—and was responsible for some of that hype. So when it comes to his latest invention, a low-cost, low-power water purifier designed for the Third World, he wants to be clear: he has no idea how to market it or get it to the people who need it. He just knows it works.What it does is simple. A few years ago, Kamen was working on an electric generator for use in underdeveloped villages when he noticed that it produced about 1,000 watts of waste heat. Kamen decided to try to use that heat to make clean water. There are 6,000 deaths from contaminated water every day, according to the U.N., and safe water is one of the world's more urgent problems. Kamen's device uses that extra heat to distill water—boil it and condense it. Nothing new about that— Kamen has invented lots of things, but he didn't invent distillation. The trick is to do it using as little energy as possible. However, 1,000 watts of heat won't boil much water, so Kamen developed a closed system, powered by whatever fuel is at hand, that traps the energy released when the boiled water vapor recondenses. Essentially, he's recycling heat. Result: a low-power, low-maintenance device that will cost around $1,000 to manufacture and makes 10 gal. of drinkable water an hour.
Sunday, 23 March 2008
Is Glass A Solid Or An Extremely Slow Moving Liquid?
When most people look at a window, they see solid panes of glass. But for decades, physicists, who view window glass at the molecular level, have pondered the question of whether or not glass is a solid or merely an extremely slow-moving liquid due to older windows being thicker at the bottom.
The consensus these days is that glass is not a super-cooled liquid but in fact an amorphous solid. The confusion comes about for two reasons:
Structurally, glasses are similar to liquids. Many solids have a crystalline structure on microscopic scales with molecules arranged in a regular lattice. The molecules in glass have a disordered arrangement, but sufficient cohesion to maintain some rigidity. In this state it is often called an amorphous solid or glass (see reference).
Because of the molecular structure of glass there is no first order phase transition as it cools (in other words it doesn’t appear to have a distinct melting point). In a solid there is a sharp distinction between the solid and the liquid state, that is separated by a first order phase transition. Some people claim that glass is actually a super-cooled liquid because there is no first order phase transition as it cools. In fact, there is a second order transition between the super-cooled liquid state and the glass state, so a distinction can still be made.
Saturday, 22 March 2008
Dunn’s ebullient personality and nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic was inspiring, especially given his physical challenges.
“For everything he had going against him, he really made the most of his life,” said Barbara Braasch, who met Dunn when she was working at Title Team. Braasch later had Dunn’s power of attorney. “He had polio when he was younger, and had hearing loss,” Braasch said. “The doctors think he might have had some form of cerebral palsy, too.”
Dunn’s home life wasn’t a cakewalk, either. He was born in New York City in June 29, 1924.
And despite his general popularity, some people took advantage of his naiveté, Braasch said.
Not many people knew about those tough times because he was so relentlessly positive. Everywhere he went, Dunn had fans. “We would go to eat lunch at the Riverside and we couldn’t get out of the place without someone coming up to him to talk to him about shining shoes or washing windows,” Braasch said.
Braasch, Wood and downtown business owners have donated money for flowers. They’ve also started a collection for a plaque to honor Dunn. It would be placed somewhere in downtown Janesville, where Dunn did his work and made his friends. “I thought maybe they could put it in a window somewhere,” Wood said.
Several downtown businesses are collecting money for a plaque honoring Bill Dunn’s life and work. Donations can be sent to or dropped off at Kealey Pharmacy, 21 South Jackson St., Janesville, 53548. Dunn’s funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Church, 313 E. Wall St., Janesville,Wisconsin.
Friday, 21 March 2008
The seminar is being sponsored by Cleaning & Maintenance magazine, the FWC & the British Window Cleaning Academy. Windex is the U.K’s largest specialist exhibition for professional window cleaners. Held bi-annually, the show is targeted at window cleaners, contract cleaners and facility managers. You can pre-book your tickets on-line or just turn up on the day.
‘The Fastest Window Cleaner on the Planet’ competition, as its name suggests, is open to professional window cleaners around the globe. Contestants are required to clean three windows (each measure 45 inches square) and wipe the sill. The current world record is held by Terry ‘Turbo’ Burrows as he is known within the trade. Set in England in 2005, his record stands at an impressive 9.24 seconds. Terry took on no less than 7 world records to become the fastest window cleaner in the world.
Windex 2008 seminar topics will include: Work at height regulations, health & safety, employment law, franchising, rope access, ladders and water fed poles to name a few.
Ian Lancaster (pictured below) from Kent will be giving a seminar on franchising on day two, he has over 30 years experience in the window cleaning field.
Thursday, 20 March 2008
The next franchise that also hit the news today is Jan-Pro, who want 75,000 pounds for a look-in. Jan-Pro was established in 1991 and has been franchising in North America for over 15 years, with over 7,000 franchisees now trading in the USA and Canada. The company has built a strong reputation for franchising and was recently ranked 26th in Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500 listing. The same report ranked Jan-Pro as number one in its Fastest-Growing Franchises category after its domestic network grew by 26 per cent, its Canadian network doubled and the company began entering international markets through Master Franchises.
Jan-Pro is seeking regional-level franchisees to assist in launching its award-winning concept in the UK market & is listed as #1 in the cleaning franchise sector.
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Paul Juneau gets his wash bucket from a ledge on the LaSalle Building in downtown Baton Rouge. When window washer Andrew Pyle pushes away from the side of a building with the toes of his shoes and, then, swings back, he hears, “ta-da-da-da-da-da, tum-tum.” “Trapeze music,” he said. “You know, ‘The Blue Danube’ waltz.”
This story was featured in The Advocate of Louisiana, today.
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
I came across this "new" video the other day entitled "dangerous job". Looking on the internet, I found that wikipedia & Churchhill Insurance (from 2004) still list window cleaning in the UK as the most dangerous job, but in the USA, it has been overtaken by loggers, fishermen & pilots.
This article from the Guardian from 2004 that covers a window cleaning story in Shanghai has the headlines "'Sometimes we have a year with no deaths".
But with no definate updates I presume that the window cleaning industry as a whole have pulled their act together on both sides of the pond to make safety the top priority. Even though window cleaning deaths made big news. Except for cradles, most chair workers or abseilers that are practioners don't seem to be phased by this everyday activity.
I have added this French video below, don't bother watching this if you are the nervous type. Personally I couldn't believe what I was seeing. It shows what peer pressure can do to the youth of today......by the way - thats not a parachute on his back.
Monday, 17 March 2008
They are always great to watch these events, but Jeremiah Hickey of Grover Beach, of On the Spot Cleaning Services took the title as the fastest window cleaner in America.
Also I've added the on-demand Ionics RO unit video that showcased in San Diego, courtesy of Window Cleaning resources and doing the grand unveiling was Don Chute.
Sunday, 16 March 2008
Chemtrail media news is getting popular on Youtube & has always been either a cospiracy theory or an urban legend. This TV report confirmed that the German Military is manipulating the climate in Germany. As a result scientists have filed a lawsuit against the government for climate manipulation. The video concludes, "We can state with a 97% certainty that we have on our hands chemical trails (chemtrails) comprised of fine dust containing polymers and metals, used to disrupt radar signals." The inside of an Italian chemtrail plane can be seen by clicking here or a report from NBC America by clicking here.
Below is the sub-titled translated news report. If you prefer the fun version - click here.
Saturday, 15 March 2008
Larry is currently inviting people to a special Business-Building Telephone Seminar called “One Year To Greatness” on Wednesday, March 19 @ Noon Central Time (5 p.m. UK time).
This is for you if….
Your business is a “good” business but you want to make it GREAT
Your business has hit a plateau that you can’t get past
You see other business running smoothly while yours is in chaos
Your staff doesn’t see focus or direction
This one-hour on the telephone is the introduction to a year-long program designed to:
Help you take that “good” business and make it great
Design a process to get well past that plateau
Create systems and processes to add organization
Clarify the future, create goals and methods to attain them
There is NO COST to be on this call other than the cost of your long distance call.
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Friday, 14 March 2008
Click on the pictures to enlarge.
"At some point during the 20 minute broadcast, I’ll hold a random prize drawing for all viewers, and award this super-cool prize. I’ll engrave it for you, as shown below, and then ship it right from apple.ca to your front door, wherever you happen to live, anywhere in North America or Europe!"
Thursday, 13 March 2008
"It has become the first company to develop an aftermarket window coating that uses the sun´s energy to break down dust and grime, saving time and helping protect the environment."
Shine On is a new cleaning product for windows that keeps them free from dirt and grime for up to two years, without the need for additional cleaning. Its a thin coating developed using nano-technology and chemically bonds with the glass to create a hard-wearing coating that uses the suns energy to ´burn´ dirt loose. When it rains, the dirt is simply washed away.
It looks like another application to turn glass hydrophobic. They also turn waste into oil, I was also wondering if they had patented water into wine?
Wednesday, 12 March 2008
In this companys defence, they promote the product for allergy sufferers as they are only using super heated water. Which brings me to another story today about Chemicals found in household cleaning products causing asthma in children, one of them being window cleaning solution being found in two-thirds of all homes.
The heated water fed pole systems are here, I suppose the next step may be steam?
Heres another home shopping network video of a typical handheld steam cleaner in action (starts at 4:35 min), sorry about the wait if you can be bothered at all?
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body figures shows window cleaning cost £108,671 last year and has cost a further £87,279 so far this year.