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Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Feb 16, 2020 12:41 PM
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Chris, The only first hand experience I have happened way back in the mid 1960s.  My dad had just opened his first laundromat which was installed in the showroom area of his former new car dealership.  It was all top loaders except for two new 20 lb. Ametek hard mount front loaders bolted to a 6" thick ...
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Sam and James, You each have water heaters that performed well for over 16 years and you want to buy a totally different type and brand.  Why?  It sounds to me like you should be buying the same thing that has served you well for a very long time. ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon ...
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Brian, I agree completely.  Buyers need to understand that small frame washers (that's a manufacturer's term for them) like Maytag Neptune and Huebsch Horizon cannot perform like hard mount washers.  Those washers are built to a price point and simply don't have the quality parts that a hard mount has.  ...
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Stephen, Very nice laundromat.  I like the website too. The picture slide show is similar to what I want to add to my website. I'm planning a longer show (more photos) with background music and some 3D effects.  I hope my website sponsor (CLA) can accommodate such video. ------------------------------ ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Feb 13, 2020 10:38 AM
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Kevin, You're probably right.  I bet those first two quarters were estimated bills and the third quarter was an actual read bill. ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, Michigan ------------------------------
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Feb 12, 2020 5:48 PM
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Friends, I've been learning an easy way to arrange digital pictures into a slide show using Microsoft Photo - the icon is a square with 2 mountain peaks inside.  This app is very easy to learn and allows a good amount of flexibility to express your creative talent. My end game is to make a photo slide ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Feb 12, 2020 3:56 PM
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Andreas, If I were you, I'd be looking for a water leak somewhere.  It could be leakage from the washer drain valves causing the washers to refill to maintain a proper water level.  It could be a leak in under floor plumbing lines.  I don't know what this "leak detector" is that you refer to but all ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Feb 12, 2020 3:34 PM
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Michael, I always compare apples to apples so yes, my competitors' stacked dryers have baskets similar in size to my 35 lb. single pocket dryers but my single pocket dryers are priced 42% higher and have been for decades. Paul, There is no such thing as a "single stack" dryer.  What would a single basket ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Feb 12, 2020 7:13 AM
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Doug, I think that tracking turns can be very useful in determining customer demand.  Collect your washers and dryers according to size.  Then calculate TPDs of each size group using this formula:  dollars collected divided by number of machines in the group divided by number of days since the prior ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Feb 12, 2020 6:46 AM
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Michael, I think my market is typical.  I have two competitors with mostly stacked dryers that approximate the age, condition and size of my 35 lb. single pocket dryers.  My dryers vend for $1.00/14 minutes and their dryers vend for $.25/6 minutes.  So they consistently charge 42% less per pocket than ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Feb 10, 2020 5:54 PM
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Friends, Recently, there's been discussion about raising stacked dryers on a base versus not raising them.  The intent seems to be to somehow (magically) make stacked dryers more convenient for customer use.  I view this as an exercise in futility.  The only way to provide convenient dryers is to buy ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Feb 5, 2020 8:59 AM
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Friends, A cashless economy benefits governments and banks - not people.  Governments because the underground cash economy would be eliminated thus income and spending would become fully transparent and trackable.  Banks because they would take their cut of every transaction made in our $21,000,000,000,000.00 ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Feb 5, 2020 6:55 AM
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Barbera, Also make sure the mounting bolts are tight.  These should always be checked after the first month in service and tighten as necessary.  After that, they stay tight. How many new 60s do you have?  Do they all squeak?  I  bought 3 new Huebsch 60s last December and, at $10 a turn, I'm thrilled ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Feb 4, 2020 6:04 PM
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Brian, Yes.  You want your monthly check and statement to show YOU get the entire transaction fee that YOU charge.  The processing company gets their fee some mysterious way that doesn't affect you.  Obviouly, they don't work for free. ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Feb 4, 2020 4:49 PM
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Barbara, Did you inspect the basket to see if there is a nail or screw in one of the holes?  Also, look into the crack between the basket and the front of the cylinder (around the loading area),  Is there a bra stay or nail in there rubbing against the basket as it turns?  Most likely, there is something ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Feb 2, 2020 7:46 AM
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Michael, I think most operators are better off focusing on operating their laundromats while letting the equipment manufacturers focus on making the equipment.  I know I am. ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, Michigan ------------------------------
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Feb 2, 2020 7:27 AM
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Brian, My only concern is that your store is partially attended - not fully attended. I have a Genmega GT3000 through the wall ATM.  I guess I've had it about 5 years now and it's been very trouble free so far.  I make about $600/month while offering my customers another convenience feature.  Mine paid ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 31, 2020 4:26 PM
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Larry L, Thank you for your comments. I'm not saying that Huebsch washers use more technology or better technology or newer technology than other brands of washers that I have absolutely no experience with.  In fact, I'm fairly confident that all the major brands are leaning toward experimenting with ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 30, 2020 6:21 PM
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Colin, Is rhe dryer level front to back and side to side? ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, Michigan ------------------------------
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 30, 2020 7:35 AM
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Melinda, Accepting a credit card on a bill changer and paying out coins is not an option because it doesn't comply with credit card rules.  You could take credit cards and pay out tokens.  However, many customers don't like being stuck with leftover tokens when their laundry is done.  So there's that. ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 29, 2020 2:47 PM
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Alex, It seems that the motor pulley would have to become larger (in diameter) in order for the dryer cylinder to turn faster.  Look for something wrapped around the motor pulley such as belt fragments or lint.  Let us know what you find. ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 28, 2020 3:44 PM
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Friends, I've put away the 600/600+ washer programs and now I'm looking at other ways to use this $750 laptop as a management tool.  I recently had my tech service company load my remote view CCTV software onto the laptop.  As of today, I can view my CCTV cameras from anywhere in the world as long as ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 26, 2020 6:47 PM
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Michael, You've been having a conversation with yourself for a while now so I thought I would chime in.  An ATM dollar coin option will not happen until the federal reserve eliminates the dollar bill.  By the time that happens, the dollar coin will not have enough purchasing power to be an ATM payout ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 26, 2020 2:23 PM
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Rory, Utilities are about 14% of revenue as is rent also. Mr. Seller likely works full time on WDF and probably does the repairs as well.  $36,000 for labor is likely hired labor and doesn't include owner's labor.  Mr. Seller is barely getting paid for his work and has no return on investment.  This ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 25, 2020 5:07 PM
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Rory, I'm confused.  What are you trying to accomplish?  Is changing the vend price really that difficult on 2005 Continental washers? You state that you "only changed the evening a few times in the 15 years I have had them".  Perhaps a little editing could clarify and explain what you're trying to ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 24, 2020 6:43 PM
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Larry L, I absolutely love hearing about the ultra long cycles on domestic washers.  It means my fast cycle (Ecycle) washers are even more competitive with home laundries.   A busy housewife can spend all day washing 1 load per hour in the basement or she can wash her entire weekly laundry in 20 minutes ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 24, 2020 6:34 PM
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Juan, He counts his quarters for the same reason that I count my dollar coins.   A laundromat's sales are best represented by the value of the coins in the washers and dryers ... not by the currency pulled from the changers.  This is because non customers can come in and put currency into the changers ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 24, 2020 11:51 AM
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Leona, I don't see that as a good tool for the job.  I think that the big box stores (Menards, Home Depot, Lowes) have vent brush kits that are higher quality and probably cheaper.  The trick is to buy a  7" brush head for cleaning 8" vent pipe and a 5" brush head for cleaning 6" vent pipe.  No need ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 24, 2020 7:00 AM
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Jason, First, I have to wonder why you would buy top loaders today.  They have longer cycles and hold less laundry plus their cycles are less than satisfactory.   Your 8 new top loaders could be replaced with 3 or 4 new 20 lb. Huebsch hard mounts programmed for Ecycles.  Customer satisfaction would be ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 23, 2020 5:58 PM
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Jason, 200 amp single phase sounds marginal.  You might consider keeping your 200 amp service for lighting, dryers, etc. and installing a 225 amp 3 phase service for the washers.  My 33 washer/33 dryer laundromat operates on 400 amp 1 phase and 225 amp 3 phase. By the way, there is no such thing as a ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 22, 2020 7:25 PM
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Servicycles, For that price I'll come from Michigan and clean your vents.  Try cleaning 1 yourself to get an idea of what is involved.  I think you will quickly discover that there is not $395 worth of work there. ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, Michigan -- ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 22, 2020 6:40 PM
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Friends, I've come to the conclusion that the 600 software program works on older washers only and the 600+ program works on washers less than a couple of years old only.  Both programs are very nice but the 600+ offers many more options and depicts each cycle more clearly. One of the things I like about ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 22, 2020 1:27 PM
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Sam, Just design concrete troughs formed with the top of the trough at floor level.  Your concrete contractor can do this.  Your plumber installs the trough outlet to the sewer in the bottom of the trough.  Cheap, simple and reliable. ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 21, 2020 7:45 PM
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Michael, I think you're missing a major point.  Generally, customers don't seek out a 3 step laundering process over a 2 step process.  Today's consumer is a busy person and many just want to get their laundry chore done as quickly and conveniently as possible.  Asking this type of consumer to load, ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 21, 2020 5:47 PM
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Rory, Interesting.  So they're saying you can unplug a chip and plug in an unused chip from elsewhere on the same board? ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, Michigan ------------------------------
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 21, 2020 4:36 PM
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Rory, That's correct  - I am not talking about a blown fuse.  You may have a damaged circuit board.  Unfortunately, I am not familiar with Continental washers so I'll leave specific guidance to others. ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, Michigan -------------- ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 21, 2020 2:35 PM
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Cory, If I am following your story correctly, it sounds like you caused a control issue (perhaps a fused relay) when you installed the replacement coil onto the valve.  Note: if a valve is open with power going to it; the valve is operating normally. You will need to buy a multimeter and learn how to ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 20, 2020 12:47 PM
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Michael, You're probably right about the dynamic braking taking place in the VFD rather than the motor.  That would seem to make more sense.  I just think it's interesting to see such technology starting to appear in our washers. When a load extracts at 200g in my washers, I cannot wring even 1 drip ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 19, 2020 6:56 PM
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Mark, So far, all I'm doing is fine tuning the Ecycles on all of my newest washers (2011 - 2019 models).  My 2008 models cannot accommodate IR programming but they are set on Ecycles too.  I've not tried downloading any reports yet.  My new 60 and 80 lb. Huebsch washers have been virtually glitch free ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 18, 2020 6:58 PM
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Friends, Today's Alliance washers can be programmed in such detail that it is no longer practical to program each washer via the user control panel.  Scott Abraham recommended that I try using Alliance's Electronic Control Software.  For the past 2 weeks, I've been buying the needed hardware and setting ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 16, 2020 5:23 PM
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Brian, I've never seen a video like that before.  Those quarters remind me of my early experience in this industry.  I  don't see how he could be profitable with such a meager collection today though. ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, Michigan --------------- ...
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Richard, You might try a Dremel tool with a wheel cutter. ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, Michigan ------------------------------
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 14, 2020 7:43 AM
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James, For cleaning of spills, drips and fingerprints after every washer use, we use windshield washer diluted with water in a spray bottle.  33% windshield washer/67% water.  For the occassional deep cleaning to remove the straw color or deep stains, we use Barkeepers Friend. ------------------------------ ...
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Kent, Remove the coin drop and clean it. ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, Michigan ------------------------------
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Rick, Hmmmm, "best least expensive" good luck finding that combination in ANYTHING. ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, Michigan ------------------------------
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 11, 2020 2:02 PM
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Nick, Let's be honest here.   There are many ways to give back to the community.  Laundry Cares just happens to be one way that I disagree with.  My laundromat has something that we call MOTHER HUBBARD'S CUPBOARD.  This is a multi shelf unit that we regularly fill with canned and boxed food items and ...
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Joe, I am surprised that your employees have to clean your new style dispensers "several times a day".  My dispensers are so trouble free that inspecting them has now been relegated to the weekly job list.  They flush clean virtually every time.  Perhaps your customers need a little more guidance when ...
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Venkata, Is the washer located at the end of the row?  The manual cold water valve may be shut off or the cold water inlet screens may be plugged up.  These are the simple things to check. It sounds like a possible electrical issue.  Did someone work on that washer recently?  Maybe 2 wires were switched. ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Jan 9, 2020 5:54 PM
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Richard, I have just the 2 heaters so 240 gallons of water storage. ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, Michigan ------------------------------
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Richard, I really like my Heat Transfer Products 120 gallon/199,000 btu tank heaters.  I think they're almost 9 years old already and still going strong.  Two of these heaters handle 1120 rated pounds of front loader washers.  The only maintenance I've done so far was cleaning the ignition probes annually ...