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  1. #51

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    I think you guys are missing some information.

    The Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC) is already involved in Maryland. You must have a MHIC license to stain decks. Clear sealers are okay, you don't need a license to use thompsons for example.

    But, you don't need one to clean decks, and that's where most of the damages happen. Now they are saying if you use chemicals when power washing, you need a license. BUT, if your using soap, you don't. This is the problem, the rules to stipulate whether you need a license or not don't make any sense. Soap is a chemical!

    Decks are damaged when washing, not staining. I'm trying to get the MHIC to create different guidelines that will require everyone that does residential pressure washing to be licensed.

    As it stands now, the hacks don't need a license because they all use high pressure to clean and to remove deck stains, they use turbos to strip decks so they don't have to use "chemicals" that require a license. Now tell me, if you had these stipulations that decide who needs a license, what would you do? They won't drop the laws so they only thing we can do is get them to make sense.
    Henry Bockman 301-216-9675
    Henry's Housework Inc & Commercial Restorations
    13433 Tilford Court Germantown, MD 20874

  • #52

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry Bockman View Post
    I think you guys are missing some information.

    The Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC) is already involved in Maryland. You must have a MHIC license to stain decks. Clear sealers are okay, you don't need a license to use thompsons for example.

    But, you don't need one to clean decks, and that's where most of the damages happen. Now they are saying if you use chemicals when power washing, you need a license. BUT, if your using soap, you don't. This is the problem, the rules to stipulate whether you need a license or not don't make any sense. Soap is a chemical!

    Decks are damaged when washing, not staining. I'm trying to get the MHIC to create different guidelines that will require everyone that does residential pressure washing to be licensed.

    As it stands now, the hacks don't need a license because they all use high pressure to clean and to remove deck stains, they use turbos to strip decks so they don't have to use "chemicals" that require a license. Now tell me, if you had these stipulations that decide who needs a license, what would you do? They won't drop the laws so they only thing we can do is get them to make sense.
    Under those circumstances I agree with you, license companies. It also proves what many have said here. The government agencies making these regulations are idiots. Fixing the mess in your region where government involvement has screwed it up looks like a necessity. Asking for government interference in areas it doesn't exist should not be done for the very example you have given.
    Doug Dahlke
    Square One Enterprises
    Newnan, Georgia
    770-362-6230
    www.4squareone.com

  • #53

    Default Re: Should pressure washing companies be licensed

    As it stands now, the hacks don't need a license because they all use high pressure to clean and to remove deck stains, they use turbos to strip decks so they don't have to use "chemicals" that require a license. Now tell me, if you had these stipulations that decide who needs a license, what would you do? They won't drop the laws so they only thing we can do is get them to make sense.
    And if they do get that license they will STILL be hacks.

  • #54

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    I know it won't stop the hackers, at least not at first. But it depends on the state if this would work.

    For example:

    In California, the owner who hires the garage cleaner MUST hire from a list that the gov gives to the owner. HE HAS NO CHOICE. There are currently 12 companies qualified to clean Parking Structures in N. California. If you hire from outside the approved vendor list, someone turns you in, or you get caught, the owner will be fined $3,000 each day the work that was done plus disposal fee's. The pressure washer will be fined up to 10k and be banned for 1 year, but good luck in getting another permit.... they will be watching you very closely. If it happens again, they will go after both parties even more aggressively.

    Word got out on this and the hackers stopped with the cleaning of a garage after a few got fined.

    This list is updated every month. If your state did this, there would be allot less hackers and the industry pricing would stabilize for the quality the owner and state expects.

  • #55

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    In California, the owner who hires the garage cleaner MUST hire from a list that the gov gives to the owner. HE HAS NO CHOICE
    Yeah thats what I want, the government telling me who I can and can not hire. Yet another perfect example of why the government should stay out of it.

  • #56

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim@GarageCleaning View Post
    I know it won't stop the hackers, at least not at first. But it depends on the state if this would work.

    For example:

    In California, the owner who hires the garage cleaner MUST hire from a list that the gov gives to the owner. HE HAS NO CHOICE. There are currently 12 companies qualified to clean Parking Structures in N. California. If you hire from outside the approved vendor list, someone turns you in, or you get caught, the owner will be fined $3,000 each day the work that was done plus disposal fee's. The pressure washer will be fined up to 10k and be banned for 1 year, but good luck in getting another permit.... they will be watching you very closely. If it happens again, they will go after both parties even more aggressively.

    Word got out on this and the hackers stopped with the cleaning of a garage after a few got fined.

    This list is updated every month. If your state did this, there would be allot less hackers and the industry pricing would stabilize for the quality the owner and state expects.
    If every state did that they'd all be as broke as California is.

    owner will be fined $3,000 each day the work that was done plus disposal fee's. The pressure washer will be fined up to 10k and be banned for 1 year, but good luck in getting another permit.

    Just to show you how dumb it is, why is the "hack" who is not on the list able to get a permit in the first place? And how can he be banned from something he's already banned from by law?

    Yet another perfect example of why the government shouldn't be involved.

    Keep posting from more restrictive states. This just gets better and better.
    Sonitx
    702-358-7477





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  • #57

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    Quote Originally Posted by RMedbery View Post
    And if they do get that license they will STILL be hacks.
    True but then when they damage property they will have insurance to fix it. And, the MHIC will investigate them to see if they will let them keep their license, or renew it. That means the home owner is protected and the hack will get educated, or put out of business, or go to jail.
    Henry Bockman 301-216-9675
    Henry's Housework Inc & Commercial Restorations
    13433 Tilford Court Germantown, MD 20874

  • #58

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    This is fruitless. The people who want government involvement in every aspect of life will never be convinced less government is better. Im done.

  • #59

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    The hack is not going to get a license, and still do his washing. Only the businesses that follow the rules will get the license and hacks will be hacks.
    Rick Moore
    Rick's Power Washing Service
    White Plains, Md.

  • #60

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rickmoore45 View Post
    The hack is not going to get a license, and still do his washing. Only the businesses that follow the rules will get the license and hacks will be hacks.
    A few years ago we had three HVAC companies come to our house under the home warranty.

    The first one said I needed a blower motor for $500.00. I tested the motor by hooking it straight up and found it was good (why couldn't the first tech have done that?) and asked for a second company to come out.

    The second company told me my system was too old and the entire thing needed to be replaced due to a lack of maintenance. ($3500.00)

    I called a third company on my own. In less than 5 minutes my system was up and running. He traced the wires to a fuse that was blown hidden behind a rafter.

    Both were licensed, both were trained, both were thieves and hacks.

    Since then I dumped the home warranty company and do my own work now.

    Hacks will buy and train for licenses. It won't stop them.
    Sonitx
    702-358-7477





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