Hello My name is Willie, I own a small retail business and in a passing interest starting dipping some personal items, when clients and friends found out they started asking me to do something of theirs. Right now I have explained to both that I am no where ready to do such a thing to property that belongs to someone else (clients) but I do have some good friends that have said they would be willing to be test subjects.
I do like being creative and while its true I do not have a huge amount of upfront cash to invest into the project I have some of those same friends with a huge amount of talent and resources, Welders, Farmers. Electrician, Plumbers... All who has already requested a graphic be done in one form or another and all who has offered there own professional skills and resources to get me up and going
I always liked watching youtube vids of the down-under truck trains, one of the things that comes to mind is the fact that you folks have a lot of cattle they got to drink right? There has been some DIY tanks made from 6, 8, and 10 foot stock tanks that looked really good and wasn't a huge investment, the nice part of doing something like that is that you can move your power equipment from something like this over to your upgraded Purpose tank later on if you find your so inclined. Another resource on the livestock side is the liquid mineral lick tubs. Many are fiberglass 4'x4'x2.5 this could make a good starter rinse station or a 4 foot dip tank. Many of the guys including the pro's use 1 piece bathtub/showers as rinse stations. Check your local lumber yards for any scratch/damaged sale you can get one pretty cheap that way. I have friends that lives on islands and other codependent regions and understand the cost of some goods due to the shipping issues.
Speaking of Which, one of my suggestion is to check your backend cost for supplies, there has been a lot of comments about how hard it is to get some of the paints and activators and the prices of what they can get in Australia. There are some recipes on youtube by a guy that lives in Australia for activator because its so expensive to buy it where he is I have no idea how well it works or anything.
All I am saying is to not focus so much on the tanks and other equipment that you forget about your consumables. Believe it or not its those consumables that will make or break your business!!! This is even more important when you live in a region that is so dependent on outside resources.
As to these guys not wanting you to start your business, Nah that's not it at all they just want you to keep you doing so fully informed on this.
TRUST ME if they didn't want to help others get started this site wouldn't be here open to anyone. And Jim (@K2Concepts) wouldn't spend a huge junk of his time and money making those YouTube Videos (Even IF!!! its a good excuse to " have one for the Haters " And WE ALL KNOW it isn't his good looks that keeps everyone watching
I personally don't think there is anything wrong with the DIY tanks as long as its properly planned and built and from the feed back I have gotten building my own, no one else does either. The biggest issue with the DIY is the slap together electrocution or house fire waiting to happen DIY that has been posted. I would say the key elements of building your own tank is
It is Safe both to you and anyone who has no knowledge of it and walks up to it to look at it. that is to say everything is properly enclosed as it should be, All your electrical work is done properly
Is large enough to fulfil your needs
Is able to keep water at the proper working temp
able to hold dams, rails, and filtration
Is able to stand up to the test of whatever production range you are going to put it through
Other elements that you need to try to fulfill if possible in your build is
It presents itself in a professional appearance, take the time to enclose your tank, your customers doesn't need to know what you are using for a dip tank, what they need to see is a shop set up in a professional manor.
It can be torn down or modified (upgraded), or repaired as needed
yeah I will talk to him when he gets his lazy butt to work..... they are 2 hours behind so its only 7 am @DeviousDips of course with the heat spell they have been having I think I would be going in early beat some of the heat.... surprised I haven't already seen another firestorm on the news yet
Just wondering has anyone had a customer come back and say that their company didn't allow them to use the dipped hardhat on a jobsite? When I was driving a truck there was a big fad with the "Cowboy" hard hats and some others that many of the Jobsites refused to allow drivers to use. I think it was GP (Lumber Mill) that put a notice in the guard shack/Scale house that hardhats with graphics on them were not allowed. They had to be White or High Viz with a maximum of a company logo and certification stickers Might be a good idea to put a "not responsible notice" on your receipts.