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Fun with pressure washers


By s1500

3 months ago



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  • Latest reply 34 days ago by mcluvin
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    #1 3 months ago

    A few weeks ago, I bought my first pressure washer. A Ryobi unit for $100. Never had one before. Never used one before. I moved into my house in '02, and didn't realize until now how much it needed it.

    I spray with the max pressure nozzle on the sidewalk, and now it's changed color.

    I spray my brown/green stained wooden stairs to my garage, and now they are the original wood color.

    I spray the awning(lower pressure) of my house, and it was raining dirt & moss. Some paint came off down to the fiberglass, but I'm going to repaint it anyway.

    The difference is truly night & day.

    I think the water runoff to the lawn has made the grass grow better too.

    #2 3 months ago

    Power washing is one of the true joys of home ownership as the fruits of your labor are immediate and obvious.

    #3 3 months ago

    They are great, on my 4th one in the last 20 years. I use one in my home repair business often refinishing decks. I've had people think the deck was already stained after cleaning off a decade of crud and then using a chemical cleaner to brighten the wood.

    Two tips, do not leave it in a unheated area in the winter. Water inside will freeze and crack the pump. Also hook up the water line up before plugging it in. Then open the wand and let water shoot out for 1-2 minutes before you plug it in. That gets water into the pump and also discharges air. The unit will last longer as the biggest reason for motor failure is overheating.

    #4 3 months ago

    they are fun to see the results. be careful on using it with the machine in the grass if it is a gas one. Mine would burn circles in the grass from the pump getting hot.

    #6 3 months ago
    Quoted from tomdrum:

    They are great, on my 4th one in the last 20 years. I use one in my home repair business often refinishing decks. I've had people think the deck was already stained after cleaning off a decade of crud and then using a chemical cleaner to brighten the wood.
    Two tips, do not leave it in a unheated area in the winter. Water inside will freeze and crack the pump. Also hook up the water line up before plugging it in. Then open the wand and let water shoot out for 1-2 minutes before you plug it in. That gets water into the pump and also discharges air. The unit will last longer as the biggest reason for motor failure is overheating.

    Good tip!

    #7 3 months ago
    Quoted from Daditude:

    Pics or it didn't happen

    The top of the stairs was a combination of black & brown colored before I pressure washed it.

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    #8 3 months ago

    add 20% pool shock to your tank and you'll really see a difference in your siding and sidewalks. spray on lightly let sit 5 then rinse, wont even need high pressure..........pro tip.

    #9 3 months ago

    I have pressure washer weekend once a year.

    #10 3 months ago
    Quoted from Daditude:

    Pics or it didn't happen

    I should’ve taken pics. They looked like mini crop circles

    #11 3 months ago

    But what rated psi pressure washers are you using?

    #12 3 months ago

    I fire up my pressure washer at least once a month. Being close to water I have lots of things to clean all the time. I bought a 3000 PSI Craftsman that has idle down (when you release the trigger, the motor idles down). Makes it a lot quieter and doesn't burn as much gas. Guaranteed to start on the first pull and you just top off the oil. Have been beyond happy with this compared to the electrics I had for the previous house. Around 400 bucks at Lowes and worth its weight in gold.

    #13 3 months ago

    Purchased this not too long ago. Pleased so far. Middle of the road pressure washer. Think the price has gone up.

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    #14 3 months ago

    I have a cheapie electric that I use for my decks and vinyl fences. It's awesome and theraputic.

    #15 3 months ago

    I've got a Generac. It works well when it works, but I don't do a lot of pressure washing. I let it sit for about a year with gas in it. Gummed up the carb (my fault), but also caused whatever was lining the inside of the gas tank to lose adhesion. I've never seen that before.

    #16 3 months ago
    Quoted from mcluvin:

    I've got a Generac. It works well when it works, but I don't do a lot of pressure washing. I let it sit for about a year with gas in it. Gummed up the carb (my fault), but also caused whatever was lining the inside of the gas tank to lose adhesion. I've never seen that before.

    If you use that clear gas you can leave it in there. Won't gum up.

    #17 3 months ago

    I'm at 1600 PSI(or was it 1900?). I can't imagine needing any more pressure, for it would start to damage to the house instead of cleaning it.

    #18 3 months ago

    I've had gas powered units in the past but now use electric powered. I use a Ryobi 2K psi model that's about $275. My deck refinishing clients like electric models, quieter and when they have windows open, no fumes in the home. I have ran my current one at least 300 hours a year over the last 3 years and she's still running strong. Light weight in and out of the truck too. If it lasts two years, I'm happy with refinishing 8-10 decks a season plus siding and sidewalk jobs. I use a cloth tie to hold the handle locked down because the spring tension gets tough on the hand after holding it for an hour straight. I usually give it a 15 minute rest every hour to let the motor cool.

    #19 3 months ago
    Quoted from s1500:

    I can't imagine needing any more pressure, for it would start to damage to the house instead of cleaning it.

    Higher PSI models move move water with the right nozzle (assuming you have good water supply), just keep the wand tip further away to avoid damage. A 2K unit can etch wood with a pinpoint tip, so tip size is key to getting good results.

    #20 3 months ago

    Here is a random before/after I took visiting my ma's house with my electric 2300 PSI. Get's the job done.

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    #21 3 months ago

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    #23 3 months ago

    Couldn’t live without one.

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    #24 3 months ago

    Any tips for a two story house? I‘be seen extension kits for the wand.. is that the way to go?

    #25 3 months ago
    Quoted from radium:

    Any tips for a two story house? I‘be seen extension kits for the wand.. is that the way to go?

    You'd probably need a fancy washer for that. For some perspective, my washer has no effect on anything about 12 to 14 inches away from surface. Depending on what you are needing to clean on the side of your house, you might try adding a cleaning agent to your garden hose. If you have vinyl siding you also want to minimize your PSI which could otherwise damage the siding.

    Here's what I use and gets all the dirt off my gutters and siding in hard to reach places. (plugs in line with your garden hose only)

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    #26 3 months ago

    I bought the 1750psi electric one from harbor freight that was 99.99

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    #27 88 days ago
    Quoted from tomdrum:

    Two tips, do not leave it in a unheated area in the winter. Water inside will freeze and crack the pump.

    This is a key tip! The most important component is not the engine, its the pump. Cheaper units use a wobble (electric ones mostly) or an axial cam pump, better units use a triplex. Regardless, the pump is going to go out before the engine pretty much every time.

    Also, using detergent first as mentioned is more than twice as effective in my experience.

    #28 88 days ago

    If one is trying to clean more delicate, hard to reach, or less work, we use Wet and Forget Extensively.....Roofs, Driveways, Walls. Used at Disney, Seaworld etc. Really great Product!

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    #29 88 days ago

    Use a Yamaha purchased new. Few tips with gas PW;
    Run all gas out of carb before storing. Serious.
    Use gas mixed with a small amount of Seafoam.
    If instructions say to not use Bleach in detergent dispenser take it serious. Pool chemicals are Chlorine.

    #30 88 days ago

    A new pressure washer is the only thing I want for Christmas.... Hope Santa reads pinside.

    #31 88 days ago
    Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

    If one is trying to clean more delicate, hard to reach, or less work, we use Wet and Forget Extensively.....Roofs, Driveways, Walls. Used at Disney, Seaworld etc. Really great Product![quoted image]

    I love this product for the shower. I grab the vanilla scented one designed specifically for the shower. Spray on the floor and walls on the weekend keeps it looking like new. I also use the aforementioned solution in some shaded areas of my house.

    #32 88 days ago

    Had the pressure washer out again today to clean up the natural gas grill. Had some crud built up around the edges that I wanted to blast out. I was impressed on the results around the stainless steel grates. Generally speaking high pressure alone doesn't cut grease as well as some detergents but got some good flakes off the lid too.

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    #33 87 days ago

    Busted mine out yesterday too. Went out and bought the surface cleaner attachment to do the driveway. Man am I glad I did. 5 hour job turned into 1 1/2 with that. First is before second is after. Hard to tell in the pic but in person it’s a night and day difference

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    #34 35 days ago

    Gotta get my pressure washer up and running fast and I've pretty much nuked my gas tank. Generac wants ~$100 for just the tank with none of the other stuff that goes on the tank. For ~$30, I could try a Chinese copy that may or may not fit and be just as poorly made. I though HF sold tanks but they don't. Then I happened upon their small engines. Apparently most small engines are copies of a Honda design. I know the Generac is. There are tons of happy reviewers who fixed their pressure washers by installing a Predator engine. So for ~$100 after coupon, I get a new gas tank with the new engine and don't have to worry about rebuilding my carb. Wish me luck!

    #35 35 days ago
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    #36 35 days ago
    Quoted from mcluvin:

    Gotta get my pressure washer up and running fast and I've pretty much nuked my gas tank. Generac wants ~$100 for just the tank with none of the other stuff that goes on the tank. For ~$30, I could try a Chinese copy that may or may not fit and be just as poorly made. I though HF sold tanks but they don't. Then I happened upon their small engines. Apparently most small engines are copies of a Honda design. I know the Generac is. There are tons of happy reviewers who fixed their pressure washers by installing a Predator engine. So for ~$100 after coupon, I get a new gas tank with the new engine and don't have to worry about rebuilding my carb. Wish me luck!

    Those Predator HB engines are scarce around here and in demand. Not sure if China made goods are being held up or whats happening.
    Did you get the newer version or the "Hemi"? I really don't think theres much difference but the go-cart guys demand the Hemi version.

    #37 35 days ago
    Quoted from phil-lee:

    Those Predator HB engines are scarce around here and in demand. Not sure if China made goods are being held up or whats happening.
    Did you get the newer version or the "Hemi"? I really don't think theres much difference but the go-cart guys demand the Hemi version.

    It's the newer version. For my purposes, I'll take reliability over modability I just hope it fits and isn't too much of a pain in the ass.

    The more I read about the engines, the more I want to build a go-kart though

    #38 34 days ago

    Perfect fit! Doing a 3 hour break-in then going to install the pump, but the fittings are exactly the same.

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