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Old 08-02-2019, 06:59 PM   #21
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One thing I bought and wished that I hadn't was the two-story telescoping wand. I thought that thing would be my salvation......it became my damnation. Thing is so heavy and unwieldy that it's virtually unusable for an old fart like me. I was dreaming of only standing on the ground to PW, but, alas, I'm still climbing ladders to do anything higher than one-story.
I liked them when I was younger, but as my age increased , the love of the extension decreased. Got to the point I didn't mind using one unextended, but that was about it. I found that if I hooked my thumb in my belt loop while triggering the gun, I could cover a pretty good area standing in just one by just moving my wrists side to side. I was all for that! Minimum movement, maximum work. The advantage of a lever!
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Old 08-02-2019, 09:20 PM   #22
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If you want to reduce the pressure, use a larger orifice tip.

My pressure washer can produce 5gpm at 3000psi. With the stock tips you could easily damage wood siding. I use a technique called “soft washing” where use use lower pressure tips to soak the house with chems and then you rinse it off about 10 min later.


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another thing i know is you don't use a powerwasher to drywall.
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@jennifertemple, the million dollar question is "how did you clean exteriors WITHOUT a pressure washer?"
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@jennifertemple, the million dollar question is "how did you clean exteriors WITHOUT a pressure washer?"
I am not in the habit of doing exteriors but that's all that's coming up this season.
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I am not in the habit of doing exteriors but that's all that's coming up this season.
I know when I started out years ago and PW's were a luxury item for painters, we hand-washed all of our exteriors. It became a selling point, but, man, it was so labor intensive. It was like painting a house TWICE and I doubt that we really got the houses very clean.
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I'm still pretty old school and don't use my pressure washer a whole lot for cleaning houses. I've been hand washing exteriors for years and yep it's very labour intensive.


One thing I hate is when you finish and the customers joke about the house being so clean maybe it doesn't need painting! I know for sure some of them weren't joking and that's when I just pretend I didn't hear them say anything. Get some paint on there somewhere quick so there's no turning back!
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I'm still pretty old school and don't use my pressure washer a whole lot for cleaning houses. I've been hand washing exteriors for years and yep it's very labour intensive.


One thing I hate is when you finish and the customers joke about the house being so clean maybe it doesn't need painting! I know for sure some of them weren't joking and that's when I just pretend I didn't hear them say anything. Get some paint on there somewhere quick so there's no turning back!
Labor intensive, indeed. In Canada, it really puts the *u* in labor...

A guy I worked with told me he and his partner were gonna spray some roll-up, warehouse doors. They pressure washed them first and were putting up the rig when the client came by, saw the wet, shiny doors, declared that everything looked "great" and paid them in full. They took the money and ran.
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My two criteria for buying a pressure washer: Can I lift it in my van without getting a hernia? and Will it start without f****g with a carb?

Hence my decision on my 2800 PSI with a briggs and Stratton motor that fires up first pull every single time. Thats all I need... $250 new....
I have yet to see a B&G motor last more than a few years without messing with the carb.

My Simpson belt drive originally had a B&G Industrial motor on it. It now has a Honda.........
Same thing with the Subaru motors--they are good for a while....

One trick is to run Stabil (I use Stabil Marine Grade because our fuel has ethanol) in every gallon of gas that goes through the motor. It goes a long ways to minimizing carb issues.

Also, the same HP rating of a B&G or Subaru isn't the same as a Honda's rating. The Honda's pull noticeably stronger and don't bog down. This is especially true because at times I run my pressure washers at 7K-9k in altitude here in SW Colorado.

Although the CAT pumps have the rep, they are harder to work on and parts are expensive. GP is good too. I run AR pumps because their customer/tech service is as good as it gets. Although an Italian company their North American Division is located in Minn. A real human being answers the phone who knows the product. They have given me the correct answer every time over the past 15 years or so. When my Direct Drive was acting up recently the AR tech nailed the diagnosis and even gave me the part numbers I needed to repair it.

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I finally bought a belt drive unit this week. It is something that I should've done 8-10 years ago to be honest. It is a 4000psi/3.7gpm machine with a big Honda motor. I also purchased a 16in Whisper Wash surface cleaner that's to be used for driveways/patios/sidewalks.

I finally bought the equipment to downstream and softwash, too. I'm too old to keep pressure washing in the traditional manner. Softwashing is much easier on my body and joints. We did a test run on our own home and the results were TERRIFIC! The cleaning process and end results blew my mind!

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4000 PSI! Won't that tear wood pretty badly?

Common misconception. It all has to do with how far from the tip you are. Yes, being 1 inch from a 4,000 psi machine is more dangerous than being 1 inch from a 1,500 psi machine. But that's not how you wash a house. And if you ever clean a driveway or sidewalk, you'll definitely want 4,000.


You can easily stand in the spray of a 4,000 psi machine from 6 feet away or so. But the point is you can get that spray, in other words your cleaning chemicals, up to the top of a second story house. You don't need pressure for the cleaning, you need the pressure to get the water up there, not to mention rinsing it off.


You can always use less pressure with a high pressure machine (by holding the tip farther away, or using a different tip), but you can never get more pressure out of a low pressure machine.


Volume is another reason for a better machine.
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I finally bought the equipment to downstream and softwash, too.

That's ideal, but you can also get an X-Jet if you can't get that stuff figured out.
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I just do one coat with my power washer, regardless of the pressure.
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