Glossary of WFP Terms

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GPD - Gallon Per Day

ID - Inner Diameter

LPM - Litres Per Minute

OD- Outer Diameter

MSI - Million Per Square Inch - carbon fibre content

PPM - Parts Per Million

TDS - Total Dissolved Solids - a measure of the total amount of dissolved material in the water.

TFR - Traffic Film Remover

WFP - Water Fed Pole



Angle-adapter = plastic gooseneck, resi-neck

Aquastop  = same type of connectors as Hozelock but for use with Microbore 6mm / Minibore 8mm Hose

Barb to Barb = hose fitting consisting of two barbed ends to allow hose to push on and securely clamp down with a Jubilee Clip or O Clip, providing a secure connection

Blanking Plugs = to shut off hose attachments from water source and to seal outlets in tanks

Booster Pump = an electric pump used to increase water pressure and flow rate.  Typically used to boost mains water supply pressure for use with a reverse osmosis water purification system

Coupling = female connector

Deionized Water = water that has had the ions removed from it. It is 99.9% free of any impurities which cause water spots

Delivery Pump = a pump used to pull water from a vehicle storage tank and pump it through a hose reel and up a water fed pole.  Typically, these are 12v diaphragm pumps suitable for use with vehicle batteries

Dual Trim = in reference to brushes. This refers to bristles being of two different lengths, most usually with the inner section of bristles at a shorter length which allows the outer bristles to splay out more easily in use

DuPont® - This is short for DuPont Nylon - this nylon has greater moisture absorption capabilities then standard polyester bristles, which coupled with a fine bristle tisp allow the bristles to quickly dislodge dirt from the glass surface with minimal application pressure.

Elbows Screw to Barb = to attach tanks to hose

Endstops = fittings that stop the flow of water when disconnected

EZ Snap Fittings =  also known as Rectus 21 - for use on pole hose and Microbore and Minibore hose

Filter = a replaceable component to remove particles and chlorine from water supply usually fitted before a reverse osmosis membrane to protect the membrane from chlorine and clogging

Flocked/Flagged = in reference to brush bristle type.  A flocked/flagged bristle is where the ends of each bristle filament tip is crushed or frayed to produce multiple fine bristle filaments. This can work in much the same way that microfibres work

Hose Connectors = Various types - Garden 1/2", 6mm Microbore, 8mm Minibore in various metal fittings

Hose Reel Connectors = Inlet - Usually supplied as Garden Hose Couplings, either swivel or straight

                                          Outlet - Claber Reels use Male Garden Couplings, Professional Reels have Female Screw Thread Port

Housing = the container used to hold a sediment or carbon filter or reverse osmosis membrane

Hozelock  = a brand of hose fittings for use with 1/2 inch garden hose

John Guest = a range of push fittings, used predominantly within the RO system. Quick to fit and release with no leaks

Jubilee Clip = metal band hose clamp with screw head adjustment for attaching hose to barbed fittings

Membrane = usually referring to a reverse osmosis membrane.  A component made of a rolled semi-permeable film which removes molecules, particles and ions from water.  Used to purify water, can remove up to 99% of impurities

Metal clamps (on hose) = inner ring O Clip or Jubilee Clip

Microbore = 6mm ID hose, usually 11-12mm OD

Microbore Fitting = likely to be EZ Snap (rectus 21)

Minibore = 8mm ID hose, usually 12-14mm OD

Modular Extension= An extension that is fitted to an extended pole to increase the height of the pole - not telescopic

Monofilament = in reference to brushes.  This refers to the bristle type being of a single filament with no flagging or flocking on the end of the bristle tip

O Clip = metal band hose clamp with single or double 'ears' which crimp together with pliers to tighten connection onto hose and hose barb.  These items are single use items unlike Jubilee Clips

Plug = male connector

Pole Hose = also referred to as pole cable by some - the hose that goes from the hose reel supply, up the pole and to the brush head

Pole Hose Connectors = usually a Male Plug, either Hozelock type, EZ snap or Pro26

Pro26 = also known as Rectus 26 - for use with pole hose, Microbore and Minibore hose

Push Fit Control Valve = also known as taps - these allow water to be controlled by the pole user

QuicK-LoQ = Gardiner's connection system that allows for quick release and interchange of brushes and goosenecks

Radius = another term for Sill Brushes

Reverse Osmosis = the process of forcing an untreated water supply through a filter that traps the contaminants on one side and allows the pure product water to be collected from the other side.  The membrane here is semipermeable, meaning it allows the passage of water (solvent) but not of impurities (solute).  A typical RO System would comprise a sediment/carbon filter, reverse osmosis membranes and a waste ratio valve or flow restrictor

Screw to Barb = to attach a hose to a type of housing with Female Screw Ports (Resin Canister, Filter Housing, etc)

Sediment = small particles of undissolved matter such as soil, silt, sand, rust, etc.  These are found in most domestic water supplies and need filtering out to protect a reverse osmosis system

Solute = impurities held in suspension in water supply

Solvent = the medium that solute is held within - in WFP use this would be pure water

Stem to Barb = to connect flexible hose into a push-fit connector

Submersible Pump = to pump pure water from base storage tank into vehicle tank

System Controller = electronic unit to control all aspects of water purification and filling system

TaperTec™ - finely tapered synthetic bristles with a dual height and dual bristle tip type. The very finely tapered bristles tips mimic the effect of natural bristle material such as boars hair, but with greater consistency. This allows for a soft feel that reacts on a very minute level with the dirt adhering to the glass surface. The slightly shorter blunt end bristles in each bunch then can act more aggressively when pushed slightly harder into the glass.

Taps = also known as valves - these allow water to be controlled by the pole user

TDS Meter =  a handheld meter, usually digital, which tests the TDS of the water coming out of your water purification system

Telescopic Extension = An extension that is fitted to a pole before it is extended to increase the height of the pole.  The pole remains fully telescopic with these attached

Type 1 = with reference to Gardiner Plastic Goosenecks. Type 1 have a shaft which fits directly into the top section of a pole, held by the top clamp

Type 2 = with reference to Gardiner Plastic Goosenecks.  Type 2 has a female screw thread which screws onto a male screw fitting secured in the top section of a pole

Valves = fittings that control the flow of water - they can also stop the flow of water

Vehicle Pump Controller = electronic unit to control the pump speed and shut off point of a delivery pump

Working Reach = The height that a pole can generally reach in use if an operator is extending the pole base to chin level.  This of course is an approximation as it greatly depends on the height of the operator and how high they are comfortable reaching with the pole.  Working Reach can add between 4ft and 6 ft to the actual length of the pole.


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