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Old 11-28-2011, 05:40 PM   #1
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I have a request to do a quote on the inside of 30' tall 14' diameter stainless steel tank that tapers to a funnel at the bottom. They have a grid system towards the bottom so a ladder can be put in there, they have a 2' hole in the bottom and hatch on the side and an opening at the top.

I've done lots of blasting in the last 2 years, but this involves some extras that I'm not used to bidding for. It will be super dark in there, especially when the blasting begins, I will need safety lines, and 30' tall is not a walk in the park. And the place is 2 hours away from my house

What are suggestions for how to bid this.

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You will need confined space training first and then you will need ventilation to extract dust and exchange the air. You will also need lighting as well as lighting on your blast nozzle. Then there is scaffolding or some way to reach all areas inside of such said tank. Then there is how much can you blast in a day. For someone that has never done blasting in a tank then don't expect too much. It's a small tank and with the added equipment that you will need to do it you will probably price yourself out of the ballpark. Not trying to discourage you , but there are a lot of things to consider. Why are they wanting to abrasive blast the inside of the tank? Coatings to be applied, cleaning of contamination from the inside, etc.? Then, what abrasive are you looking at using? Tanks are a different world sir.

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Yeah, I know what you are saying. I've blasted the outside of lots of smaller tanks. I don't like saying no, but being so far away from my home plus all the potential headaches are strongly discouraging me. decisions...
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The main thing is after you buy the right things that you will need to do it right and safely and you add up the cost for one tank, your overall price may put you out of the park. Now if you had other tanks lined up or if you intended to do more tanks then you could pretty much do this tank just at cost so that your equipment is paid for for the next jobs. Pretty much your either in or out. Your call. I've just seen too many think that tank interiors was nothing and once they get in one it all goes down hill because they went in unprepared and fell on there face. It's not hard but if you don't have the right equipment and training then it is going to be a nightmare and you end up looking bad in the customers eyes.
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Who cares if you price yourself out of the job. The # that makes you money is the # you should stick by. It's win win. If you get the bid then you make money; if you don't you don't lose money and you don't get yourself hurt or worse.

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#'s that I didn't think would be accepted) that turned into good paying work.

The other options are to not submit a bid and have no chance or submitting a bid that's too low and you lose money.
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I would want to know exactly what I'm blasting off the tank.

If the word is more than eight syllables or twenty letters I think I would pass. Methylethylchlorohexavalentdeathbeam for example.

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