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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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SURFACE CLEANER VIDEO

SURFACE CLEANER VIDEO

If you need SURFACE CLEANER VIDEO TIPS, you’ve come to the right place!  I use  a Hurricane 4 Gallon Per Minute Pressure Washer, which is a great starter unit.  There are many surface cleaners to choose from, but the one I use is the Whisper Wash Ultra.  This is a sixteen inch deck.  There are many considerations to work through such as size, nozzles, and personal preferences.

FORMULA FOR SIZE CHOICE

Here is the standard industry procedure for calculating surface cleaner size with the pressure washer machine.  For every 4 gallons per minute on your machine, you need 4 inches of surface cleaner size.  So my 4 Gallon Per Minute machine multiplied by four equals a 16 inch surface cleaner.  5 Gallons Per Minute would mean use a 20 inch surface cleaner and so forth.  Of these surface cleaner tips, this is most important remember as you evaluate which model to purchase.  If you’re surface cleaner is elevating off the surface, you are using way too much pressure.  While some suggest weighing it down with a brick or something similar, I take a different approach.  Using too much pressure with a surface cleaner can cause damage to the concrete.

SURFACE CLEANER NOZZLE OPTIONS

Most surface cleaners come with some nozzles included.  2502 is the most common nozzle size.  The 25 indicates the spray pattern and the 02 reflects gallons per minute.  I go over some other important mathematical considerations relating to surface cleaner nozzles.  Be sure and watch the entire video for all the details.  But here is the approach I take when the surface cleaner pressure washer is too high. Basically, I switch out the nozzles and find the one that works most appropriately.  The 2503 was the ideal nozzle for this particular combination.  It’s good to get the nozzle that is the perfect fit for your pressure washer.  But it’s also good to have a couple nozzle options that are right above and right below that threshold.  The surface you are cleaning will also factor into this decision.  Here are some other great helpful videos for professional pressure washing equipment maintenance. I also provide monthly training events here in Houston, Texas.  And if you have a pressure washer that won’t start, check this out.

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PRESSURE WASHER WON’T START

PRESSURE WASHER WON’T START

There are a variety of reasons why a pressure washer won’t start.  Just this week, my nephew was asking my why his machine would start, but then shut down within minute or two.  The most likely fix for this scenario is to clean out the carburetor.  But what if the unit simply won’t start?  We found the solution for this problem when a Honda GX690 simply would not start.

FAULTY FUSE

If you’re Honda GX 690 pressure washer won’t start, it may be a faulty fuse.  If you do get the click sound upon turning the switch, this is a good thing and means your fuel valve is in good shape.  Upon pulling the throttle assembly off, you will find 30 amp fuse.  You’ll need to trouble shoot whether you have a faulty fuse using an ohm meter and comparing results with a new fuse.  Then you would clean corrosion from the fuse itself and from the fuse socket.  Follow the step by step instructions here in this video:

Don’t forget to also clean and reinstall the rubber gasket.  Obviously, you will want to unhook the battery on any machine that you are working on for maintenance or repairs.  This applies to working on any pressure washer won’t start project.  In addition, this might be a great opportunity to change the oil.

EASILY ACCESSIBLE PRESSURE WASHER WON’T START

In the process of correcting this faulty fuse issue, it was extremely difficult to remove the throttle housing unit.  Rather than reinstalling it back the way it was, we improvised a new solution to make this fuse and fuse socket much easier to access for future maintenance.  We drill a small hole in the housing assembly so that the fuse and socket can remain outside of the throttle housing assembly.  Be very careful and cautious when drilling so that you don’t cause more damage to the machine by drilling wires or other components.  Again, always remember to DISCONNECT THE BATTERY so that you don’t short anything out with metal tools touching wires.

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Pressure Washer Honda GX690

HONDA GX690 Pressure Washer

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Best Soft Wash Gun

Best Soft Wash Gun

There are a few different soft wash guns available on the market today.  A soft wash gun is a gun used for applying your house or roof wash mix through your dedicated pump. In the video below I discuss the various one’s available and what I consider the Best Soft Wash Gun that I use.  Be sure to subscribe to my You Tube Channel so you get notifications of new educational videos I post.

Choosing a Soft Wash Gun is more of a personal preference thing, than someone telling you this gun or that gun is the best out there.  I can only tell you what gun works best for me.  Most often times you have to try them all to figure out the Best Soft Wash Gun for you and your business.

I personally don’t like the type with the long sprinkler riser coming off the ball valve.  But many people do and that’s fine, because it works for them.   I do prefer using a ball valve type gun though, as it won’t cause restrictions, loss of distance and flow like trigger guns.  Trigger guns are much safer though, because if you drop one, they immediately stop spraying.  My favorite ball valve gun is the one HERE.  Remember this is the not the type of gun you can use on a pressure washer.  It’s only for use with a soft wash dedicated pump.

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Be sure to check out our training opportunities if you are starting a pressure washing business.  I have multiple options available from hands on training to a couple different online video schools.  I am here to help you become successful, and any student that pays for my training is considered a student for life. If you have any questions about our training options, please feel free to email me at pressurecleaningschool@gmail.com

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Choosing Pressure Washing Equipment

Choosing Pressure Washing Equipment

As you begin to plan and build your pressure washing business, there are many challenging decisions.  So choosing pressure washing equipment that is best for your business is a one of those important decisions.   One of the questions you will hear most often is what is your business model going to be?  Likewise, the questioner is trying to determine what type of business are you going after.  Residential and Commercial cleaning can be two different types of cleaning, requiring different types of equipment.  Notice I said can be? They can also be very similar, and can be done the with the same exact equipment.

Choosing Pressure Washing Equipment

Choosing Pressure Washing Equipment

One of the things I like to do in our school is provide assistance when you are choosing pressure washing equipment. Especially when selecting equipment for the type of work you plan to do.  This is why the Doug Rucker Store is now open for pressure washing business equipment and supplies.  With over thirty years of experience in this business, We know exactly what you need for your business to succeed.  And we never try to over sell you or sell you items you do not need.  If you only intend to clean houses, not roofs, there is no need for a dedicated pump.  Soft Washing vinyl siding, stucco, eifs, and even brick houses come clean with a pressure washer and the correct nozzles. The only time a dedicated pump would be needed is if you are planning to clean roofs.

Dedicated Pumps

Dedicated pumps that are powered by a 12V battery or even some air diaphragm pumps are really best suited for cleaning roofs, and the occasional small house or building.  If you are planning to get into large upscale homes and commercial buildings, then choosing pressure washing equipment that has a high volume pump, like 5-10 gpm, will enable you to clean much faster, making you more profitable.  These types of pumps allow you not only to get your detergents on a large surface faster, they will also provide much faster and more thorough rinsing.

Never buy Pressure Washing Equipment that will not make you profitable

I am more than happy to assist any student of my school with choosing pressure washing equipment that will best suit your business and your budget.  Usually after a short consultation, I can pin point your exact needs and then put together a package for your that will build your business. And we provide much needed support after the sale.

For more information on our schools and dates of events, please visit our web site , email us at pressurecleaningschool@gmail.com, or call or text me at 2818833630