What NOT to do with a Pressure Washer
Mr. Mishaps is my middle name. Believe it! Not when I am teaching or directing the band. There I have a solid reputation. Not when I am in the midst of any activity at school. I am a trusted employee. I am so designated at home doing certain chores that test my mettle. One such is using a pressure washer.
In spite of issues that arise, I wash the patio or garage floor if needed. I touch up the driveway and sidewalks. I address accumulated grime on walls, fences, the shed, and anywhere dirt shows its ugly face. But…I have been known to have my troubles.
For one thing, I bought a deluxe model that is heavier than I expected. Oh, my aching back. Plus, it has an extra-long hose in which I can get easily entangled. On top of that, my favorite nozzle is a hell of a spray if you don’t control it, making you thoroughly drenched right out of the box.
Playing even a tuba was never this hard. In spite of the testimonials of the thing that promised it was user friendly, it is a bit of a challenge. Sure, I read the manual and did a test run, but it didn’t help when it came down to the matters at hand. After a perpetual battle with the brawny monster, I finally get results.
So the things NOT to do with a pressure washer are as follows:
- Do not ignore the instructions
- Do not use the machine when you are tired
- Do not expect people to help you
- Do not give up and call a professional
- Do not buy the biggest one in the store
- Do not think you know how to fix a gas-powered engine
- Do not use the wrong kind of detergent or cleaner
- Do not leave the hose unwound for someone to trip over it
- Do not expect hot water with all models
- Do not get a battery-powered version if you neglect to change or recharge them
- Do not be in a hurry. It will encourage mishaps.
On the other hand, I have some suggestions from the peanut gallery.
- Do buy a good brand such as Karcher, Campbell Hausfeld, or Cam Spray
- Do think about electric versus gas power. It makes a difference
- Do learn what PSI and GPM mean
- Do consider portable or handheld for smaller jobs
- Do consider stationary or wall mount
- Do expect durable inlet and discharge tubes
- Do opt for a stop system that halts the motor and pump when the spray trigger is released
- Do your homework always before making a final decision
If you are concerned about water as a resource, the best pressure washers use less gallons per minute than a hose. Just be sure you are getting all the necessary regular features such as an on-board detergent tank, at least a 30 foot power cord, a built-in active hose reel, and sturdy wheels. Make sure your machine can take wear and tear and require little maintenance. Above all, buy one that minimizes problems if you are a Mr. Mishap like me.