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Articles by Dennis Ryan

Self-serve token talk

October 11, 2010
When I bought my first carwash in 1988, the coin acceptors were not as sophisticated as they are now, nor were the tokens for that matter. The acceptors could
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Build a barrier at your self-serve

October 11, 2010
It’s an unfortunate fact of life that there are people out there that want to steal what is yours. You work hard all your life to get where you’re
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Talking TVs and cameras

October 11, 2010
First I’ve got a disclaimer: I am not an expert on closed-circuit TV systems. I am, however, an expert on my experiences with closed-circuit TV systems. In this article
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Introducing Sergeant Self-Serve

October 11, 2010
When I bought my first carwash 18 years ago it was already seven-years-old. The carwash, built in 1980, had high pressure wash, rinse, and wax with a homemade foaming
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Hung out to dry, part II

October 11, 2010
Last month, I wrote about designing and building a “stand-alone” dryer for our 12-bay carwash. A car dryer is usually standard now with an automatic wash bay, but we
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Hung out to dry

October 11, 2010
In 2000, we added six bays to our existing six-bay self-serve. The additional six bays are perpendicular to the old building and about 100 yards away. The two buildings
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The war against gas Part II

October 11, 2010
Last month I wrote about how we cut our natural gas consumption over the past winter by 26 percent. This month I’ll elaborate on how we did it and
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The <i>un</i>naturally high cost of gas

October 11, 2010
During the winter of 2004-2005, we paid a gas bill one month of $2,520. So in the summer of 2005, when the cost of natural gas was predicted to
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Radio advertising for carwashes

October 11, 2010
Last month I gave you my recommendations for advertising on the radio and promised I would tell you about my most successful radio campaign. I gave 10 recommendations and
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32 tips

October 11, 2010
From advertising to security, tricks to keep your carwash thriving.
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