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Themole
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Palatka Florida
Member since Feb 2013
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re: Pressure washing help needed


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but picked up a briggs and stratton surface cleaning attachment...works great and saves time..


That's actually a very good deal! You can't buy the commercial hi pressure swivel for that price.

I made a commercial grade surface cleaner for my PW.

Bought the swivel & 2 orifices, cut the bottom out of a 40 gal plastic drum leaving a 3" lip on it and then drilled a hole in the center, mounted swivel of the bottom of the drum. used 2 3/8 x 10" galvanized nipples Mounted into the swivel with 90* elbows on each end of the nipples. Adjusted the orifices to spray in opposite directions. Then mounted an old push lawn mower handle on it. I just love out smarting the big boys. The same size cleaner would have cost over $400.00.






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DonChowder
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Crockpot
Member since Dec 2012
3843 posts

re: Pressure washing help needed


Tri Sodium Phosphate and bleach mixture.





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Pepperidge
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Slidell
Member since Apr 2011
1691 posts

re: Pressure washing help needed


I have a commercial grade pressure washer...I was worried that my unit would shred that surface cleaner...but it is still holding up well...talk about save time...and it eliminates the lines one gets when moving the wand side to side...





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Walt OReilly
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re: Pressure washing help needed


what yall recommend for a wooden deck/back porch?





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eng08
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Last summer I walked by a house with a driveway halfway cleaned that had a big "I quit!" writen into it.

That house still makes me chuckle when I walk past.






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Uncle JackD
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wickowick
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Head of Island
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re: Pressure washing help needed


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what yall recommend for a wooden deck/back porch?


My thoughts on a wooden deck/porch is that hitting it with the washer opens the wood grain and reduces the life. I try to stay away...






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Themole
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Palatka Florida
Member since Feb 2013
847 posts

re: Pressure washing help needed


When my son was a junior in HS, he played football and baseball, obviously his after school activities were taken up by practice everyday. There were times when he would leave FB practice and go right to BB practice.

He also wanted a Z71, so he took a job at a Sonics to earn the money for insurance and gas. I would buy the truck.

I had to go pick him up from work one evening and got there a little early and parked off in a parking lot to observe him working. I was so moved by his dedication to his goals, I told him to give his notice and I would set him up in a little business.

I purchased a a new commercial PW unit on a trailer. It had a Vanguard V twin 18 hp gas engine, a General pump, Hot water heater, 250 gal holding tank and 200 ft of hi pressure hose.

He and a team mate would leave out on Saturday mornings, canvas the town and county, knocking on doors drumming up work.

He would make enough money on a Saturday $2-300 on many occasions that easily made his insurance payments and gas bills. He learned some very valuable lessons during those three years he operated that rig.






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Themole
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Palatka Florida
Member since Feb 2013
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re: Pressure washing help needed


If not done correctly you are right. NEVER use high pressure or go against the grain or it will feather the wood and raise the grain as you said.

On most rental PWs you have no way of controlling the pressure. So what you have to do is hold the gun high enough off the wood and come into it until you see it begin to clean the dirt and stain out and then stay at that distance, always going with the grain. No harm done what so ever.Also, always use a 45-50 deg. orifice. NEVER the 0 deg. orifice, that will tear the wood all to h...






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jimbeam
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University of LSU
Member since Oct 2011
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I just use the water and let the high pressure do all the work. It's real simple lol.






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Hammertime
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apples
Member since Jan 2012
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On most decent pumps, you can turn down the pressure for that very reason





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