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BUILD YOUR OWN SOFT WASH SYSTEM

BUILD YOUR OWN SOFT WASH SYSTEM

Do you wonder how to BUILD YOUR OWN SOFT WASH SYSTEM?  Traditional pressure washing remains effective for many concrete surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, and pool decks.  But for cleaning roof and vertical wall surfaces, we always recommend soft washing.  This helps prevent damage to the surface and other aspects of the exterior property.  In this video, I teach you how to build your own soft wash system.

SOFT WASH PUMP STATION AND AIR COMPRESSOR

To build your own soft wash system, you will need a pump station and an air compressor.  We always ship the pump station separately from the compressor to prevent damage in transit.  In fact, we use an inflatable packing material to provide maximum protection.  The pump station is two 5 gallon per minute flow jet pumps stacked together.  So it’s actually a 10 gallon per minute machine.  You cannot get a higher gallon per minute machine, even though you may see advertising stating otherwise.

ATTACHING THE TWO

To BUILD YOUR OWN SOFT WASH SYSTEM, you attach the pump station to the air compressor.  Be sure and check out the full video for all the tools are steps in order to complete this step.  The cam locks can be tricky so I provide in depth suggestions for some of the complications that might arise.  We always recommend putting the cam locks on before installing the full pump station plate.

DRILLING HOLES

Drilling holes can be a challenge when you build your own soft wash system.  But the simple solution is to just remove the manifolds.  So I walk you through step by step how these come off very easily.  This will allow for drilling precisely straight holes after making a mark on all four holes.  My preference is to remove the pump station after making the marks before drilling the holes.  Slow and steady drilling is a key to this project.  Then you attach all four lock nuts to the back of the bolts and tighten.

OTHER SOFT WASH SYSTEM STEPS

There are several additional steps if you want to build your own soft wash system.  Connecting to the compressor, plumbing, and how to operate the pump station just to name a few.  Here is another great video for more information on the Kinglinsger.  I provide monthly training events in Houston that includes on the job training and classroom instruction.  It’s a great time to expand your skills and get to know a few new friends in the business!

 

 

 

 

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SHOOTER TIPS

SHOOTER TIPS

One of the newer products we now offer at Doug Rucker store are pressure washing shooter tips.  The sling shot shooter tip is designed to help you reach heights of 30-40 feet without the use of a ladder.  The purpose of these are for soft washing using either downstream via a pressure washer or a dedicated pump like the Kingslinger.  So for pressure washers we have them in 2-3GPM, 4-7GPM or 8-10GPM.

SHOOTER TIPS VISUAL DEMONSTRATION

In the video below, we provide both pictures and video footage of the shooter tips in action.  The 8-10GPM pressure washer tip provides spray up to at least four stories with no wind present.  This is ideal for cleaning larger homes, hotels, apartment complexes, commercial buildings and so forth.

KINGSLINGER SOFT WASH SYSTEM

The Kingslinger Soft Wash System is what we use frequently with an 0020 nozzle.  But we also provide video using the sling shot 2-3 GPM.  However, we prefer the 0020 nozzle over the sling shot for the air diaphragm pump.  There is very little difference, although I can sense a slight better distance from the 0020 nozzle.  The sling shot shooter tip does not come with the quarter inch.  You will need to order this separately if needed.  These awesome nozzles are priced just right!

Shooter Tip

 

 

 

WEBSITE SERVICE

If you are new to the pressure washing industry, one of the first things you will need is a website.  Consider the website service we provide only for the pressure washing service industry.  And here’s some GREAT DEALS too!

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KINGSLINGER COMPRESSOR

KINGSLINGER COMPRESSOR

For those just starting out in the pressure washing industry, you might be using an air compressor for the very first time.  So we want to take some time to explain some of the mechanics of the Kingslinger Compressor.  So by defining various parts and demonstrating how it all works together, we hope to enhance your experience.  There is an “unloader valve” which controls the pressure going to the tanks and then to whatever tools are in use.  Always make sure the unloader valve is in the up position when starting the machine.  Then turn it down after starting so that pressure build up can begin in the air compressor.

AIR COMPRESSOR GAUGES AND HOSE

We use a quick coupler to connect the hose to the system near the gauges.  There are two different gauges.  One is the reading for pressure in the barrels of the Kingslinger Compressor.  The other is for reading the pressure going to the tool that is in use.  This would typically be the 10 Gallon per minute air diaphragm pump.  This gauge should never exceed 90 psi.  Use the adjustment knob to reach the level of pressure you desire.  Exceeding 90 psi is possible and will result in greater distance, but the risk is causing damage to the pump.  In addition, this unit has a fuel pump which will allow running fuel from an auxiliary tank.  Otherwise, the smaller tank of the unit means you have to fill the tank with gas more often.

BASIC OPERATIONS

Of course, always make sure you have gas and oil before starting the KINGSLINGER COMPRESSOR.  When the unit arrives brand new, it does not contain oil.  One quart of cheap 10W30 oil will be included with the shipment.  However, we strongly recommend using a better grade oil found here so that the machine will last much longer.  The oil will need to be changed less frequently and you will surely save money over the long run.  Make sure the choke is out, the unloader valve is up, and it should start right up on your first or second pull. Once it’s started and running, choke goes back in and unloader goes back down.  Holding your finger on the stop button will bring the machine to a complete stop.  If you are just starting your business and need website assistance, consider this as an option.

 

Kingslinger Compressor

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KINGSLINGER UPDATES

KINGSLINGER UPDATES

At Doug Rucker Store, we have made several quality improvements on the Kingslinger Soft Wash System.  In this video, we cover these upgrades extensively.  In fact, some of the concepts could help with any soft wash system you might be using presently.  These KINGSLINGER UPDATES are changes and modifications we have made over the Fall months of 2020.

MOUNTING PLATE UPDATES

We transitioned the pump from a 5 GPM to a dual 10 GPM pump, which in reality is two 5 GPM pumps working together.  The original plate was not sufficient to secure the pump rightly, so we have upgraded to a stronger plate.  This new plate is all set up for both the 5 GPM or 10 GPM pump, and will improve performance either way.  It is a wider plate and much more stable, which enhances the entire mixing system.  These Kingslinger Updates are covered in detail in the video below.

HOSE UPDATES

Another one of the KINGSLINGER UPDATES is the hose we now use for it.  We switched to a new poly braid hose, which is transparent.  This is very nice to able to see the amount of water present in the lines.  Previously, the yellow curly hose was a harder and more brittle hose.  In addition, the look was less than appealing, and hooking and unhooking was more challenging.  On the back, you find all stainless steel hardware attached for securing the Kingslinger to the compressor.  Another great update option is the GF valves.  You will have the option to choose between pentair or GF valves.

 

PLUMBING KITS

Plumbing kits are now available as an option.  It’s always a great idea to have extra hose because you never know when it might come in handy.  You can choose between 1/2 inch or 3/4 for the inlet fittings.  If you plan to use a soap tank, you can choose between 1/4 inch or 3/8 inch.  They will come with a bulkhead fitting which goes to the tank.  Also, here is a link to the soft wash gun I always recommend along with these Kingslinger Updates.

Kingslinger Upgrades