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PRESSURE WASHER FILTER VIDEO

PRESSURE WASHER FILTER VIDEO

This PRESSURE WASHER FILTER VIDEO explains in detail installing and maintaining a very important pressure washer element.  It’s the HIGH PRESSURE INLET FILTER that is the subject of this post!  When and where are they used?  How do they work?  What do I do to maintain them?  Those are the questions this PRESSURE WASHER FILTER VIDEO answers!  Thank you for watching and be sure to ask questions in the comments section of this YouTube video!

CONNECTION WITH SURFACE CLEANER

In this PRESSURE WASHER FILTER VIDEO, I explain the various sizes they come in.  And I talk about how I connect them to my surface cleaner, as well as how easy they are to move between surface cleaners.  These high pressure filters can handle 5000 psi and about 200 degrees Fahrenheit heat.  At 2:30, you’ll see the small screen inside the filter housing that will trap or catch debris from the water flow.  It is 100 micron mesh.  Also, it is easy to take it out and clean it when necessary.  This filter helps keep surface cleaner nozzles from getting clogged with sand or debris moving in the water.  The one I use is a 3/8 size inlet.  Pay close attention to the arrow on the filter that designates the water flow direction.  Also in this PRESSURE WATER FILTER VIDEO is the reminder to use teflon tape and seal with loxeal to prevent leaking.

CONNECTION WITH TURBO NOZZLE

At 5:20 of this PRESSURE WASHER FILTER VIDEO, another size is the quarter inch.  You should utilize this size most commonly on turbo nozzles.  It can also be helpful for smaller surface cleaners.  I clearly explain in detail how this particular filter size connects to a turbo nozzle.  At 6:45, you’ll find some great insight on maintenance demonstrations of these filters in various sizes.  I provide MONTHLY TRAINING EVENTS to help pressure washing businesses expand their services and grow their business!

 

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PRESSURE WASHER PARTS VIDEO

PRESSURE WASHER PARTS VIDEO

This PRESSURE WASHER PARTS VIDEO features a mount box for three way valves.  The Doug Rucker Store physical address is 25432 TX-494 Loop in Porter, Texas.  We are in the Humble or Kingwood area just northeast of Houston.  Please stop in and see us if you are in the Houston area!  I want to thank all of our loyal YouTube viewers and especially the one who sent me a mount box we features in this PRESSURE WASH PARTS VIDEO.

BIG DOWNSTREAM FAN

If you have known me for any length of time, you know how big a fan I am of down streaming.  We can get most houses and buildings that are moderately dirty cleaned up nicely utilizing the down stream method.  For more heavily stained surfaces and higher areas, we use the Kingslinger Soft Wash System.  For many years, I have been relying on a poly three way ball valve.  In the video, I explain why and how I use it.  It enables us to switch from bleach to water for rinsing while down streaming.  We would normally zip tie or hose clamp the three way valve to the truck or trailer.  You see this is the PRESSURE WASHER PARTS VIDEO above.

PRESSURE WASHER MOUNT BOX

A long time viewer and customer of ours named Ricky recently sent me a mount box.  We are able to place the three way valve inside this box that also has mounting screw holes.  This keeps the three way ball valve braced and makes it easier to turn the valve when necessary.  At 4:45 of this PRESSURE WASHER PARTS VIDEO, I go over the plumbing.  And how the three way valve connects to various sources.  We also discuss how it incorporates into our Flow Pro Remote Bypass System with our downstream injector.

 

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Figuring Downstream Bleach Dilutions

Figuring Downstream Bleach Dilutions

I am often asked about figuring downstream bleach dilutions when pressure washing.  I have never really cared to know what the exact precise percentage of bleach to water is coming out of my gun.  What I am concerned with, is one important fact, is the bleach mix strong enough to change the color of the organic stains or not.   If it isn’t then I know I need to use my dedicated pump, like our Kingslinger Soft Wash System, or a pump up sprayer.  Always remember, that all a Soft Wash System is, is a pump up sprayer on steroids.  It allows you to get a stronger mix, like with a pump up sprayer, without having to re-fill the canister and continuously have to manually pump air into the sprayer.

The strongest bleach solution you can usually achieve using a General Pump Downstream Injector is around .8-10%.  If you have green algae which is easy to remove, then downstreaming will work for that. Once you get in to the darker and black mildew stains, then you need a stronger mix than downstreaming can deliver.  A pump up sprayer or soft wash system that can get you 20% or higher, is great for that.  For Roof Cleaning, you definitely need stronger mix ratios then what downstreaming can deliver.

If you are one that likes figuring downstream bleach dilutions, then here is a bucket method test you can perform. Also be sure to check out my Online Pressure Washing Video School if you are starting a pressure washing business.

How to manually figure out your dilution ratio on your pressure washer.

Step 1:

Check your flow rate on your pressure washer for 1 minute to see how many GPM your pressure washer is putting out. Use a container that measures gallons along the side of it and fill the container up for 1 minute and try to make sure to not allow any water to get out of the container as you are doing this test. (Ideally you will want to do this test with your rinse tip on the end of your wand)

If your container doesn’t have the markings, or a graduated scale, then you can manually mark them by using a measuring a cup to pour desired amounts into the container, and then mark them.

Step 2:

Test your upstream or downstream injector by getting a metering jug that measures ounces and fill it with water and put your soap line into the metering jug and draw the water for 1 minute. This will allow you to see how many ounces your soap injector is drawing in a minute.

Step 3: 

Doing a little math

For example:

If you have a 5 GPM pressure washer then you will do the following math to figure out your dilution ratio on your pressure washer.

5 X 128 (128 ounces in 1 gallon)=640 ounces

Draw rate in a minute: 40 ounces

640/40= 16 total parts, 15 parts water to 1 part chemical, so your dilution ratio would be 15:1 or some in the industry will say 1:15.

I am also including a link to a calculator that you can play around with, and may help you as well.

https://jansson.us/mixingratio-concentration.html#pressureWasherCalculator

Figuring Downstream Bleach Dilutions

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POWER WASHER HOSE REEL

POWER WASHER HOSE REEL

At the Doug Rucker Store, POWER WASHER HOSE REEL sales have been skyrocketing lately.  This is because we have several to choose from and always provide product details through videos.  The brands we carry include Hannay, Kings, Valley Industries, Steel Eagle, General Pump and Titan.  There are slight variations among them with things like the swivel, the manifold, and a few other minor elements.  But for the most part, they are all very similar.

SWIVEL AND MANIFOLD

The swivel is that part that hooks up to your whip hose and leads to your pressure washer or dedicated pump.  The water or mix flows into the reel through this swivel hose connection.  Usually, the swivel is always stainless steel.  Sometimes you’ll see a grease fitting on the swivel.  After the swivel, the fluid then flows into the manifold.  The manifold is on the inside of the reel.  Then it flows into the hose connected to the reel.  On the Hannay reel in this video, the manifold is not stainless steel.  When using 30%-50% mixes, it is better to have a stainless steel manifold because it increases longevity.  However, with such high concentrations of bleach, the manifold will always fail regardless of its composition.  Leaks will begin to appear from inside the hub of the reel.

CONVERT REEL TO STORAGE

A great use for reels once they fail is to simply store extra or spare hose on them.  To do so, make sure you order hex bushings from the Doug Rucker Store website.  You install this reducing bushing with thread lock and lock sealer.  At approximately 6:30 in the video, I demonstrate a couple of different ways to set up the reel for storage purposes.  I also explain why I use quick connect fittings and how they make things much easier on the job.  Another hose reel I talk about at 15:20 is the hard core or Valley Industries hose reel.  This reel is great for soft washing with high mix concentrations because there is not manifold inside the reel.

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SLUDGE SUCKER FITTINGS

SLUDGE SUCKER FITTINGS

The SLUDGE SUCKER FITTINGS video is my reply to one of our loyal YouTube channel viewers.  The comment section of each YouTube video is a great place to ask questions.  And this always provides great insight for creating new content that will be helpful and insightful to pressure washing business owners.  This particular SLUDGE SUCKER FITTINGS video features a few suggestions to make the unit work more efficiently and effectively.

PIPE THREAD PLUG with SLUDGE SUCKER

The sludge sucker arrives with a 3/8 male pipe thread plug.  I explain that there are many different types of adaptations people will put on the unit.  Ideally, you want to be able to use a gun and a wand with the sludge sucker.  This prevents one from having to bend over in the water puddle that you are trying to relocate in the first place.  Essentially, you will be using a pressure washer with the sludge sucker fittings to basically vacuum the water, puddle or sludge and move it elsewhere.  I also demonstrate set ups with different reducing bushings.  Sometimes, the goal is simply working around the parts that you already have on hand.  The main goal is getting from 3/8 inch to 1/4 inch because this will allow greater flexibility using it with your pressure washer fittings.

Here is another great video post featuring a great power washing van set up.

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Pressure Washer Battery and Fuel Line Connections

PRESSURE WASHER BATTERY AND FUEL LINE CONNECTIONS

We always enjoy questions from our loyal YouTube channel viewers.  One recent question relates to the Pressure Washer Battery and Fuel Line Connections.  Right off the bat, you will need six gauge wire, or six A.W.G.  The A.W.G. stands for American Wire Gauge.  In this video, I explain how the lower gauge numbers mean higher amps which that wire can carry.  I recommend buying a set with the battery terminal clips.  The set will have a red and a black wire, which is your positive and negative connection.  The red will connect to the starter on the pressure washer and the black is the ground.  Here is the full Pressure Washer Battery and Fuel Line Connections video.

PRESSURE WASHER BATTERY PLACEMENT

You will want to think through location of your battery to the pressure washer machine.  The wires comes in various lengths so this is an important variable for you to consider as you purchase the wire.  The red wire connects to the starter mechanism bolt on the pressure washer machine.  Then, the red wire also connects to the positive terminal of the battery on the other end.  The black wire connects to the negative batter terminal post, and is ground wherever you choose.  I provide insight and details in the video into the procedure we use to drill a hole and secure with a bolt and nut on the pressure washer machine.  Pressure Washer Battery and Fuel Line Connections is not real complicated and is fairly easy to do with the right instructions!

FUEL LINE CONNECTION

Quarter inch fuel line hose is what you will need for the fuel line connection to the pressure washer machine.  These hoses are available at most auto parts stores.  However, I do go into detail about the quarter inch poly braid hose which I use.  This is the same type of hose I use for my downstream injector.  This helps because I can see whether the gas is drawing through the hose or not.  At the 8:00 time stamp, I show exactly how to secure the fuel line connection.  I hope this Pressure Washer Batter and Fuel Line Connections post and video helps!

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PRESSURE WASHER FITTINGS

PRESSURE WASHER FITTINGS

This PRESSURE WASHER FITTINGS post with video will help anyone just getting started in the pressure washing industry.  A popular first unit to purchase is the 4 GPM portable pressure washer at 3500 PSI.  I do not recommend any machine under 4 GPM for any new pressure washing business.  It has a Honda GX 390 and I provide step by step instructions for getting set up.

LEAD FITTING

The PRESSURE WASHER FITTINGS for this machine begins with what is coming off of the unloader.  Most manufacturers ship with the coupler in place there.  This is what I call the “LEAD FITTING.”  I provide specific details for hooking up the garden hose and the pressure hose.  The entire process can be inverted depending on your personal preference.

UNLOADER

Another important element of PRESSURE WASHER FITTINGS to understand is the unloader.  The unloader is what regulates the water pressure that will arrive from the machine.  For the most part, the unloader is factory set and you never need to adjust it or even touch it.  Unless you have need to replace it.  You can lower the water pressure through the various nozzles that you will use.

STAY ON THE GUN

It is important to “STAY ON THE GUN” to continually release pressure build up inside the pressure washer machine.  Otherwise, the machine heats up the water.  This can result in damage to the pump.  There is a way to bypass this risk which I cover in detail in the video.

THERMAL RELIEF VALVE

The thermal relief valve is another critical component when learning about PRESSURE WASHER FITTINGS.    This piece can sometimes fail and need replacement without any warning.  This is why I recommend always have replacements with you so you’re work flow will not be hindered.  There are many, many more details I cover in this 45 minute video so be sure and take time to watch it in its entirety.  Also, if you’re looking for help with your website as you start your pressure washing business, click here.

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PRESSURE WASHER CHECK VALVE

PRESSURE WASHER CHECK VALVE

The main purpose of this post and video is to provide instruction for pressure washer check valve repairs.  Many pressure washing professionals are installing a check valve into a downstream injector.  This provides a stronger mix but also depends on variables like strength of bleach and gallon per minute machine you’re using.  Hose length is another variable that affects mix ratios.  Another benefit is that a check valve will help the downstream injector last longer.

REPAIR KIT

The spring and valve seat will occasionally wear out and go bad.  This is the result of bleach and other chemicals in the mix, as well as grit and debris that invade the lines.  But there is a very simple solution for this issue.  There is a check valve repair kit which will come in very handy for this problem.  In this video, we provide step by step instructions on how to use this kit to repair a pressure washer check valve.

PRESSURE WASHER CHECK VALVE REPAIR INSTRUCTIONS

The check valve repair kit comes with an o-ring and a spring.  Our service technician, Edwin, shows precisely which tools you will need.  After disassembling, we see the problem spot as rust and corrosion is obvious.  There is a seal, a shuttle, and a spring.  They are fairly symmetric and we give detailed visual instructions on reinstalling with the new parts from the repair kit.  Re-taping the threads upon reassembly is also very important to remember.

HIGH PERFORMANCE LUBRICANTS

We use HIGH PERFORMANCE LUBRICANTS oil brand for all of our machines and vehicles.  The penetrating spray is especially helpful for cleaning any corrosion and repelling water.  Another great source of information you may find helpful is this Downstream Injector Check Valve post with video.  We hope this helps your pressure washing business!

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SIAMESE PRESSURE WASHERS

SIAMESE PRESSURE WASHERS

Have you ever heard of SIAMESE PRESSURE WASHERS?  This post and video features a large commercial parking lot job.  This particular job was extremely dirty with tons of mud, dirt and debris and took longer than expected.  So on the second day, I was able to SIAMESE PRESSURE WASHERS, using two machines to create one flow.  So between the two machines, we were able to achieve 17 gallons per minute.  This reduced our rinsing time in half and can be done with two individual pressure washer machines.

HIGHER FLOW MACHINES for SIAMESE PRESSURE WASHERS

Pressure washer machines are rated by gallons per minute.  So the higher gallons per minute you have, the more powerful the siamese flow will be.  In this siamese pressure washers example, I have an 8 gallon per minute machine and a 9 gallon per minute machine.  I was able to hook the two machines together into one output flow combining for 17 gallons per minute when rinsing.  The kit you need to execute this is available at my Doug Rucker Store.  I provide extensive detail on this product and how to hook it up.  Be sure and watch the entire video for all the details.  Two machines run together at one time into a T connector with check valves.

START LOWER GPM PRESSURE WASHER FIRST

It is best to start the lower GPM machine first.  So in our case, we begin by starting the 8 GPM machine first.  Then we start the 9 GPM machine.  If both machines are identical then this is obviously not a consideration to worry with.  But just remember to start the lower GPM machine first.  One of the things the video demonstrates is how we were able to pick up the pace using our surface cleaner.  We then rinse with an open valve and I explain the reasons for this in the video as well.  If this helps you, consider attending one of my monthly training events in Houston. These events include on the job training as well as classroom instruction.  It’s also a great way to meet some new friends in the business.  Thank you for checking out this siamese pressure washers post.

 

 

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KINGSLINGER DISTANCE

KINGSLINGER DISTANCE

Many potential customers inquire about Kingslinger Distance through the Doug Rucker Store.  The Kingslinger Soft Wash System can be connected to a 5 GPM or 10 GPM pressure washer.  There are options with the Kingslinger such as with or without the compressor.  Also, hose or hose reel options can be considered.  One of the variables to evaluate when considering  any soft wash system is distance.  We provide a video demonstration of with a measuring wheel.  This allows you to see what you’re actually getting in terms of distance.  Here is more information when considering pressure washing start up business equipment.

KINGSLINGER DISTANCE VIDEO DEMO

KINGSLINGER DISTANCE 45 Feet

Upon measuring in no wind conditions, we were able to get to approximately 45 feet.  This was while using an 0020 nozzle, and then an 0040 nozzle.  Adjusting the ball valve vertically will obviously affect KINGSLINGER DISTANCE.   This is extremely handy especially for roof cleaning projects.  Some distance will be lost from the ground when cleaning straight up on vertical walls.  Our estimate would be around 2 feet.  Wind will also be a factor for distance with Kingslinger, or for any soft wash system in use.  We also discuss in detail the importance of evaluating the actual dedicated pump for any product you are considering.

KINGSLINGER GF VALVES

Another option available is GF valves, which we have found to help improve flow.  You can choose between the GF or Pentair valve system.  The three valve system allows you to control the mix for water, bleach, and any other cleaning solution you might be using.  Regardless of the mix ratio or detergents used, you can still count on approximately 45 feet for KINGSLINGER DISTANCE.  There are several more Kingslinger product videos available on the product website at the bottom that might interest you as well.

 

Kingslinger Distance

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