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    Are Those "Cigarette Receptacles" Worth Getting?

    I don't smoke so I don't know the habits of smokers...do they mostly toss their cigarettes onto the ground when done smoking or if you provide "cigarette receptacles" at your self-service car wash site, does that really help a bunch? I'm talking about those freestanding receptacles that have a...
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    Mandatory Mask Ordinances (How Will You React As a Business Owner?)

    So I just read that our local city department of health has nearly convinced our city council to pass a "Mandatory Mask Ordinance". Reason being...they think mask-wearing is so efficacious that by imposing this on its citizenry we will spare so many from contracting COVID-19 I guess...
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    Add or Omit Bill Acceptors with New Combination Vacuums Purchase?

    I'm in the market to replace a couple of 16-year-old combo vacs. I'm interested in the ones that have 3 fragrances & both the spot remover and shampooer options. Narrowed down to J.E. Adams or Fragramatics. My question for you is: Would you add or omit having bill acceptance available at your...
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    Dumpster Divers' Character Profile, Please?!!

    Almost nightly but most definitely the night before our dumpster is weekly emptied out, we have "dumpster divers" who through their own volition climb into the dumpster to sift through all that garbage taking w/ them anything they find "valuable?" When I catch them on site I tell them what they...
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    To Padlock or Not Padlock Your WashSelect II's Door?

    Last night someone tried drilling into both medeco locks of my WashSelect II's door. :mad: I'm having a professional locksmith try and remove the damaged locks after my ordered replacement locks and housings arrive. So the locksmith says to me, "After you see how easily I will remove those...
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    WW 2.0 Gantry's Green "Stoplight LED Light" Sticking?

    Hello: I have a WW 2.0 which is just 1-year-old now. I am having an issue where the green LED light that blinks on the driver's side gantry (indicating EXIT NOW) won't turn off even after the customer's driven past the can eyes. Unless I press RESET on the control panel, only then will the...
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    What's Most Special About Your Top-of-the-Line Wash?

    Business has been good but I admit I am WAY BEHIND on my touchfree automatics pricing & wash recipes. Currently I ONLY HAVE A DRYER on my top-of-the-line wash. The next wash down I have triple shine conditioner w/o a dryer. Next wash down is just a Wash & Wax w/ no dryer and then cheapest wash I...
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    What Bill Changer Manufacturer to Trust As I Replace My Rowe BC-2800

    I've been reading through years worth of posts about bill changers. My 13-year-old Rowe 2800 which has 2 Mars Conversion Kits is causing me headaches from both bill changers (customers getting no coins at all or only a partial dispensing of coins owed to them...problem happens mostly immediately...
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    Add-Ons to a New Water Wizard 2.0 to Enhance Not Regret? (Lava Foam?)

    My 13-year-old WW 1.0 recently treated a pick-up truck like a low-profile vehicle thus amounting to over $4,500 in damage claim from three boom hits to its top so this & some other issues finally made me decide I need to upgrade and invest in a new 2.0 machine. Been fascinated w/ the "lava foam"...
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    Employees & Their Work Focus Degraded Substantially by Smartphone On Their Person?!!

    Employees & Their Work Focus Degraded Substantially by Smartphone On Their Person?!! I have a sscw, 6 handbays, 2 automatics, 2 dog wash tubs, vending machine, 2 combo vacs, 6 vacs. I pay attendants, four of them, to keep my facility clean, to keep vehicles too big for my auto bays from...
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    When Is It TOO WINDY For You To Continue Using a Vinyl Automatic Roll-Up Door?

    For both of my in-bay automatics I have Wynd Star Model MT exit side roll-up doors and Airlift XRS entry side roll-up doors. My bays face north & south w/ my entry being at the south side of the bay. I learned the hard way during my first year operating w/ the exit side roll-up doors that IT...
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    IBA Dryer Option Competing With Tunnel Washes' Cheaper Washes Including a Dryer?

    Sometimes a new customer will come by and purchase a touch free wash that has no dryer and then will complain that "our dryer is not working." They do not see our menu sign which lists the dryer as only on our top-of-the-line wash. We apologize for their not seeing the sign and turn on the dryer...
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    My 2 Wash Select IIs Stolen in < 4 Minutes! (share pics of your bricked-in units?)

    :mad: Friday am, 9/12/14 at 1:37 two strong losers with no moral compass yanked my Wash Select IIs off their "pretty" angled stainless steel stands IN LESS THAN 4 MINUTES TIME despite these being fine the 11 years I've been open. They then loaded them into the back of their mini-van. Need to...
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    Has Joining Your Local Chamber of Commerce Been a Good Investment for Your Business?

    I own a 6/2 sscw which also has 2 dog wash tubs, vending machine and 8 vacuums (2 are combination vacs). I opened in 2003 but never joined our local Chamber of Commerce. Just read a local article which mentioned how they broke records the past two years w/ their membership drives (425/430 new...
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    How Have Express Washes' Free Vacuums Strategy Affected You / Changed Your Biz Model?

    I would be a fool to think that when the express washes many years ago sprouted up everywhere offering their "free vacuums", that they did not at all have an impact on where many former customers of mine decided elsewhere to wash! :( I haven't honestly changed anything w/ my vacuums to respond...
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    What Amount Damage Triggers Your Filing an Insurance Claim?

    Recently had my WashSelect II broken into :mad:w/ the greater headache being the damage to the auto cashier from the 45 minutes of crowbarring action it sustained rather than losing the cash and coins the thug was able to steal. My insurance deductible is $1,000 and then I also have to pay a...
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    How Do You Test Dryers Strength? (cars still wet)

    I have a Water Wizard 1.0 automatic that has four end-of-bay freestanding Mac Neil dryers (2 center, 1 on each side). I don't think I'm drying as well as I used to? :confused: But all four dryers are still working. Is there a way to test the strength (blowing force) of these dryers to...
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    Need 160 Degrees from Winter Wizard But Max 100 Degrees Now?

    I have a Winter Wizard (anti-freeze recirculating system for my Water Wizard 1.0) put into operation the middle of 2003. It's now "misbehaving"! This is supposed to heat the anti-freeze to 160 degrees but it will only heat to a maximum temperature of 100 degrees now even if I turn the heater's...
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    WW 1.0 Losing One of Its 4 Wash Recipes Sometimes

    I have two WW 1.0's, nine-years-old, well-maintained. At first this problem was hard to figure out but now that I've seen it happen twice before; I recognize it more quickly! Each of my WW 1.0's has lost an entire wash recipe from the Red Lion requiring the wash passes all be reprogrammed...
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    Whether to Bonus on Tokens Purchase or Not?

    I didn't purchase credit card readers for my 8 vacuums, but I did for my 2 dog washes, 6 ss bays and 2 automatic bays. Customers want credit card acceptance at my 8 vacuums but I refuse to pay nearly 22% in fees :mad: since my sales will only be $1.00 average sales for the vacuums and they tack...
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