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John's Jobs: Window Washer

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It's a job where you can't be afraid of heights, requires strong hands & arms and relies on nice weather.

The Valley Today's John Trierweiler spent a day cleaning the windows at Essentia Health in Fargo, with A&B Window Cleaning.

A&B cleans about 2,400 pieces of glass once a year at Essentia. A job that size takes them about three days to finish and there's a lot more to window cleaning than you think.

AJ Hampson, showed us the ropes, literally. Introducing us to the bosun's chair, which allows him to be more agile. 

"As opposed to scaffolding there's a lot more gear involved and all we do is we're harnessed in and second we strap into this chair," Hampson said. 

Of course strapping into that chair, getting hooked up and hopping over the top of an eight story building isn't easy.  But, failure to wash windows and get rid of all that dirt and grim can decay the life span of a window like plaque decaying a tooth. 

"That's all a build up of exhausts and dirt it all gets baked into the glass and if these buildings are not maintained well then you're going to have to replace a lot of glass and that gets pretty spendy,"  Hampson said.

A&B also gets a unique perspective, since they're the only ones who will get up close to the side of the building.

They don't just wash the windows but look for any areas of concern. 

"Are there any real loose ends is the building starting to shift to much where we're starting to get leaks that's the kind of company we are where we keep track of that for our boss," Hampson said.

When asked, how John did washing the windows on the side of Essentia, the team at A&B was very impressed. 

Hampson told him, "They turned out great your first couple windows ever, I was impressed. You're welcome to join the team anytime."

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