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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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FLOAT VALVE VIDEO

FLOAT VALVE VIDEO

This FLOAT VALVE VIDEO features me sharing from years of experience testing various water tank float valve devices.  As I am building another custom truck order, this is a great time to address concerns that arise with float valves.   Thanks so much for watching and be sure to leave a comment with any questions you might have. about this FLOAT VALVE VIDEO.

HUDSON FLOAT VALVE

The most common one that I have used for the last twenty plus years is the Hudson Float Valve.  But this particular model can be very temperamental and would sometimes fail to be effective.  When this happens, you see water shooting out from the breather tube on the tank.  So over a year ago, I did some research to find a better alternative because of the frustration I experience using the Hudson model.  This is when I began using and testing JOBE brand float valves.

JOBE FLOAT VALVE

There are a couple of different models by Jobe and one of them has a string.  But my preference is the one without the string which utilizes an arm rather than string.  This particular model allows more water flow into your tank which results in filling the tank much faster.  It is the Topaz Model and it is much easier to install and more hassle free to use.  The General Pump Float valve is another popular brand and model that a viewer recently brought to my attention.

INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

At the 5:00 mark of this FLOAT VALVE VIDEO, I provide extensive installation instructions.  In addition to the tools you will need, there are also other parts that you need.  Installation instructions are given for the Hudson, then the Jobe, then the General Pump.  Drilling holes and installing bulkhead fittings are also part of the demonstrations in the FLOAT VALVE VIDEO.  I hope this helps and I’d like to invite you out to Houston for my next monthly school.  This two day event includes classroom instruction and actual hands on training at a job site.

 

 

 

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Pressure Washing Startup Video

PRESSURE WASHING STARTUP VIDEO

In this PRESURE WASHING START UP VIDEO, I cover the equipment you need.  While our physical location is in the Houston, Texas region, we proudly serve all 50 states through my online school and store.  Not only do I show you the equipment you will need, I also demonstrate it in use outside.  My passion is helping new startups build their business!  So thanks for checking out my PRESSURE WASHING STARTUP VIDEO.

PRESSURE WASHER MACHINE

I recommend starting your business with the Kohler 4 GPM pressure washer.  It is a B.E. with Kohler engine and when money is lean and the budget is tight, this is a great way to start!  If you do have any questions about this machine or any of the equipment in this PRESSURE WASHING STARTUP VIDEO, be sure ask it in the comments section.  I always reply personally and try to respond to questions in comments in a timely manner.  This is professional grade machine that will assist cleaning houses and even small commercial buildings.

SURFACE CLEANER

The Whisper Wash Ultra Clean surface cleaner is another highly recommended attachment for your power wash business.  I change the nozzles due to the strong power resulting in the machine lifting or rising up from the surface.  I don’t really like this so the nozzles I use prevents this from occurring on the job.  It’s light weight, versatile, and easy to maneuver on the job.

PRESSURE WASH GUN

You definitely need the pressure wash gun assembly with the Suttner safety orange easy pull trigger.  At the 7:00 time stamp, I demonstrate how this gun can works when down streaming.  You can also use it with various nozzles that enable rinsing as well as reaching higher surface areas.  This is when a J ROD kit is extremely handy.  Be sure and watch the entire video to take advantage of all the tips and tricks.  I sure hope this PRESSURE WASHING STARTUP VIDEO helps you build your new business.  Don’t hesitate to reach out if I can help in any way!

 

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POWER WASHING BUSINESS TOOLS

POWER WASHING BUSINESS TOOLS

In this POWER WASHING BUSINESS TOOLS video, I am working on a trailer build.  This trailer rig is for a local customer out of Cleveland, Texas.  But we provide truck, trailer and van builds for customers from all over the U.S.  In fact, a customer from Atlanta, Georgia will picking up his service body truck very soon.  So this is a great time as I finish these builds to provide more details on some of the tools I use.  Be sure and leave a comment with any questions you might have about this POWER WASHING BUSINESS TOOLS video.

JROD NOZZLE TOOLS

There are seven different JROD NOZZLE OPTIONS to choose from on my store website.  In this particular truck build order, he is getting the KINGSLINGER nozzle option.  I always advise purchasing two so that you have a spare if one of them fails or gets lost or damaged for some reason.  We also include a 3 JROD NOZZLE HOLDER for the pressure washer.  I give ample details for when and how these various nozzles are used on the job as well as installed on the rig.  Also, for many of these tools, you have the option of ready to use or DIY.  For DIY items, you can save a little money and assemble parts yourself.  My preference was always to have tools arrive ready to use to save time.  But as I explain in this POWER WASHING BUSINESS TOOLS video, you select the option on the website you prefer.

DOWNSTREAM INJECTOR CHECK VALVE

He already has one but is getting two more as back ups.  Pay close attention to the arrows making sure they point toward the gun.  We always operate with a basic principle in mind.  The plug points the way the water flows.  Another important aspect I emphasize in this video is using thread tape and loxseal to prevent leaking.  You might also enjoy checking out “Doug’s Link Deals” with various items I use that might be helpful in your business as well.

OTHER POWER WASHING TOOLS

Rounding out the list of helpful Power Washing Business Tools in this video includes an adjustable wand and ball valve setup.  I also cover the pressure wash gun assembly.

 

 

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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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M5 TWIST WITH KINGSLINGER

M5 TWIST WITH KINGSLINGER

Thank you for checking out this M5 TWIST WITH KINGSLINGER video post.  Recently, a customer made a purchase of an M5 TWIST nozzle from the Doug Rucker Store.  His intention is to use it with the Kingslinger soft wash system.  He has a 10 gallon per minute unit and I was reluctant about these two items working well together.  Later that day, he sent me a video exclaiming how great this one two punch combination is.

NO SWITCHING NOZZLES with M5

The advantage of M5 Twist with Kingslinger is not having to switch back and forth between a shooter tip and a fan spray.  In this video, I provide a demonstration of the distance you can get with this combination.  In fact, there are three different nozzle sizes to choose from based on the gallon per minute machine you’re using.  I want to thank Tommy Fischer from the Katy, Texas area for pointing this out so that other professionals might also benefit from this insight.  Keep in mind that wind is an important variable that has an affect on the distance you can get on a job site.

M5 TWIST PLANT PROTECTION

We use the M5 Twist with Kingslinger often also for plant protection.  You can get a nice wide fan pattern which is ideal when spraying plants with 100% water to protect them from exposure to the mix.  Be sure and take advantage of all the training opportunities I provide.  I have an online video school with over 275 videos.  You’ll also find some great industry standard information on my YouTube channel.  And I host monthly two day training events in Houston.  This includes on the job training using equipment you may not own yet.  And it also includes excellent classroom training and instruction.  Be sure and leave us a comment if you have any questions we might be able to assist with.

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REMOTE UPDATE

REMOTE UPDATE

This REMOTE UPDATE video is a follow up to an earlier FlowPro Remote video.  This update is specifically for power wash professionals using pull start machines.  Even with pull start machines, yes, there is a way to use the FlowPro system.  That is the purpose of this REMOTE UPDATE video.  Using this system allows you to switch from bleach to rinse without having to move from your location on the job.  It saves time and effort on every job and makes you more productive, efficient and profitable.

REMOTE UPDATE BATTERY PACK

There is a battery pack that is sold separately which would need to be charged each day.  You also need a special chord that connects the battery pack to the remote system.  For those with push button start machines, the remote system connects to the power washer machine battery.  But pull start machines do not have a battery.  This is a great thing to have which allows you to remotely switch from bleach to rinse.

DOWNSTREAM BYPASS INJECTOR

At approximately 5:00 into the video, I explain in detail the different ways a downstream bypass injector is set up.  The ball valve can be set up very easily on either the top or the side.  This is a matter of personal preference and may have a slight effect on rinse water flow volume.  Thanks so much for checking out this REMOTE UPDATE video post.

 

 

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WANDS FOR PRESSURE WASHING

WANDS FOR PRESSURE WASHING

This WANDS FOR PRESSURE WASHING video post starts off with the PRESSURE WASH GUN ASSEMBLY from Doug Rucker Store.  This is a great gun for downstreaming, and it comes in different colors.  All three guns that we sell are essentially the same gun with very minor differences.  All three guns come with standard features including a nice and short star shaped grip, as well as the gun swivel.  This makes it very easy to use, and it typically arrives with a plug on the end.  Although, I use a coupler on my gun.  This is simply a matter of personal preference.  Your JRod nozzle fits very nicely and easily on the end.  When looking at WANDS FOR PRESSURE WASHING, this is a great option to consider.

ALUMINUM PIPE WANDS for PRESSURE WASHING

Another example of WANDS FOR PRESSURE WASHING is our ALUMINUM PIPE WANDS.  While we do not use these often, we do keep a longer and a shorter aluminum pipe wand on our truck.  These aluminum pipe wands do require a small wand saver plug.  This plus is a little longer than most.  It is important to be careful when using these wands because they are made of light weight aluminum.  They can easily snap and bend when caught against a house or a fence post walking through a gate.  The other end would have a coupler for JRod nozzles.  When needing to reach something high, we would attach this to our gun assembly.

MONEY SAVING WAND OPTIONS

In order to save money when it comes to WANDS FOR PRESSURE WASHING, I show you this option as well at the 6:00 time stamp.  Not only does it save money, but it allows you to continually use one gun by changing wand connections.  There are several different setups that I walk you through in detail so be sure to watch the entire video.  I have another post about the ADJUSTABLE WAND ASSEMBLY you might find helpful as well!