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XJET MODIFIED FOR DOWNSTREAM

XJET MODIFIED FOR DOWNSTREAM

Have you ever wanted to use an XJET but without all the mist and pressure that the XJET puts out?  The good news is that you can do exactly that!  I’m going to walk you through an XJET modified for downstream.  Remember that as you are evaluating a job, you are evaluating three things.  You are looking at the surface type and stain presence, which then helps you determine which application method to use.  Application options include downstream injector, dedicated pump, XJET, or even a pump up sprayer.  The XJET is just one application for applying your bleach mix.

XJET SET UP

Here are a few preliminaries before the XJET MODIFIED FOR DOWNSTREAM is executed.  The XJET comes with hose, nozzle and proportion attachments that help meter the mix coming out of the XJET bucket.  Its very important when using the XJET bucket, which comes separately, to ensure the back valve is open.  This allows for ample ventilation.  Otherwise, the bucket will collapse as a result of vacuum suction upon draw.  One end of the hose will attach directly to top of the XJET bucket.

XJET MODIFICATION

The main step for an XJET MODIFIED FOR DOWNSTREAM is to install the main part of the XJET in between the gun and the lance of the pressure washing gun.  For more information concerning the BEST SOFT WASH GUN, click here.  Remove the quarter inch plug fitting from the XJET nozzle and the spring and orifice from inside.  Install a quarter inch threaded fitting directly into the gun.  We always recommend using teflon tape with lock seal to secure the fittings.  Next, screw the XJET fitting directly into the threaded fitting now attached to the gun.  Then there is another quarter inch  fitting with threading INSIDE which screws on to the XJET nozzle.  After you reinstall the wand, place the quarter inch coupler on the end of the wand.  Now, using the JROD for downstreaming along with the XJET modification, you have much lower pressure.  The same down streaming distance of 40 feet can be acheived with this XJET MODIFIED FOR DOWNSTREAM process.

X-Jet modified for downstreaming

EXTRA HOSE

The XJET arrives with an approximately 15 foot hose.  This will require needing to move the XJET bucket every 15 feet.  This will add needless time to every project that the XJET bucket is used.  We always recommend purchasing a 50 foot hose to use in place of the 15 foot hose it comes with.

XJET XTRAS

One of the great advantages of this XJET MODIFIED FOR DOWNSTREAM process is that your bleach mix is not running through more equipment, which means this equipment will last much longer.  In addition, this method means you will use more bleach.  This modification allows you to use your XJET as a downstream injector, which is great for post treating concrete surfaces with heavy landscape.  Mist and overspray is greatly reduced and much more controlled with an XJET MODIFIED FOR DOWNSTREAM.  I have provided a detailed video on my YOUTUBE channel link here which provides further insight and details for this.

LINKS TO NEEDED SUPPLIES

X Jet Long range Nozzle

X Jet Bucket Pail System

50 Foot Flexzilla 3/8 Air Hose

The quarter inch threaded couplings you can get at any building supply or plumbing supply store.

 

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Pressure Washing Strainers

Pressure Washing Strainers

Hey, everybody! Real quick. I’ve see some post with people having problems
with their bleach tank getting degraded for various reasons.  Pressure Washing Strainers degrading bleach can be the biggest cause for this.

A lot of the time it’s caused by these metal strainers. Your bleach will degrade these pretty quickly.
It can cause your bleach mix to turn orange or black. All these metal shavings will get left down
at the bottom of the tank. Every time you put bleach in it, it’s going to continue to degrade it. We
use our bleach fast enough that it doesn’t have time to degrade.

Get rid of these! Don’t use them on anything that’s going to come in connect with bleach. We
don’t even use them with water. They come with the X-jet. Use the pail system on the X-jet and
get rid of this. You won’t have that problem.

PVC Pipes are great Strainers

If you’re downstreaming or using a dedicated pump, there are a couple of different ways you
can do it. These are two different types of PVC pipe. You have the female threads on the inside.
You can screw you pipe onto those. These are plastic, it won’t degrade it. I don’t like these
because I feel like these can starve your pump. I don’t think you get the flow you should. People
disagree with that and that’s ok. It’s what I feel so I don’t use these. I’ve had these sitting around
for years. If I ever did use them, I’d cut them off here.

Mainly, what we use, depending on if it’s a dedicated pump or if it’s downstreaming, we’ll use
something like this. It’s cut of and angled. We’ll actually run our dip hose or our braided hose
down through there. We’ll fasten these black strainers on if we’re downstreaming. That’s what
we use. There is a little weight in there.

I’ve never had a problem with these degrading our mix or the black causing it to turn a color.
They’re pretty safe. What you will have is the bleach will eat this cap our. The weight or
magnet will fall out. That’s why we have the pipe on there to keep it weighted down in the
bucket or the tank. We use those.

On our dedicated pumps, we don’t use a strainer. We actually use a PVC pipe and a 90. That
way we’re getting full flow.

Keep Your Pressure Washing Tanks Clean

One of the things we do is we keep our tanks clean. We have a bulk head that runs at the
bottom of the tank. We’ve been doing this for three or four years. It doesn’t hurt anything. The
bleach doesn’t hurt the bulk head fitting. At least, we’ve never had that problem. We run a hose
off of that bulk head fitting.

We use that for filling up X-jet buckets if we ever need to use and X-jet. Mainly we use it for
filling up pump up sprayers when we need to use pump up sprayers. We also use it to keep the
tank flushed out. It’ll get empty and about every 2 weeks we’ll take a water hose in there. We
don’t get a lot of grit in there. We keep it clean.

The other thing that could cause your problem is the type of soap you’re using. Sometimes
different types of soap can cause your bleach to degrade. It can cause it to turn colors. You
might switch your soap and see if that’s the issue.

Metal Causes Rust Issues

When you got a tank and bleach that’s degrading/changing colors, you’ve got to find out what is
different in that tank. What’s in my water tank(if your water tank is not doing it). Bleach will
attack anything.

I hope that helps you guys. That’s various different ways to get rid of these. You can use these if
you feel safe. We don’t sell them. I don’t recommend them. You can get them at many of the
other vendors around that sell those. This is what we use for downstreaming. Then just regular
PVC, we cut and angle or we put a 90 on it. We get our full flow. The key is keeping your tanks
clean for whenever you have a problem, isolating and figuring out what’s caused it. Using the correct Pressure Washing Strainers will help to solve this.

I hope that helps you guys!

If your just starting out in the pressure washing and roof cleaning business be sure to check out our online video school.

Also be sure to join and subscribe to my You Tube channel for more Pressure Washing Education.

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Tallahassee Florida Pressure Washing School

Tallahassee Florida Pressure Washing School

The Doug Rucker School of pressure washing and roof cleaning is on the road again.   Ray and Tonya Burke, owners of Spray Wash, and I will be hosting a Tallahassee Florida Pressure Washing School.  In addition,  we cover Roof Cleaning on July 28,29, and 30th, 2016.   Spray Wash is located at 640 Capital Circle NE, Tallahassee Fl 32301. We will meet there at 8:00am, on July 28th, before heading out for training on a residential property.

Also, this school will be a special edition.  We will also be doing Commercial Pressure Washing and Soft Wash hands on training on Saturday July 30th.  Spray Wash is very active every weekend doing large commercial pressure washing project’s in and around the Tallahassee Florida area.  You’ll get to experience first hand everything that goes on from setting up on a commercial job, the cleaning, all the way to completion.

Logistics

Here are the particulars for the 3 day school:

Cost of the School: $950.00

Day One July 28th: 8:00am Meet at Spray Wash at 8:00am located at 640 Capital Circle NE, Tallahassee Fl 32301

Residential Roof Cleaning and House Washing…on the job training as Ray and I teach you how to properly and safely clean a residential roof, house, driveway, patio, etc.  We will teach how we do everything from setting up on the job site, pricing the job, things we look for when protecting the property from damage, spraying techniques and application methods, house and roof wash mixing and much more.  Also plenty of time for questions and answers.

Day Two

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Day Two July 29th: 9:00am Class room time at Spray Wash Headquarters..  I have several power point presentations that I’ll go through that cover everything for Residential Roof Cleaning, House Washing, Protecting the Property, Driveway, Sidewalk and Patio Cleaning, Soft Washing and Pressure Washing, Mix rations for house washing and roof cleaning, Identifying Surfaces and Stains, Pricing Jobs, Quotes, Customer Service, and much more.

Ray Burke will also do an introduction and discussion on the Commercial Cleaning class that will take place on the following day. Oh and how he get’s these monster jobs.  You will not want to miss this part.

 

Day Three July 30th: Commercial Cleaning.  We will head out to a Commercial Cleaning job site that Spray Wash will have scheduled for on the job training.

 

This School is only limited to the first 10 that register and pay. You can do that by CLICKING HERE and reserving your spot.  Once the 10 spot’s are gone, this school will be closed.  All transportation to and from the school and also while in Tallahassee, as well as food, accommodations, etc are your responsibility and are NOT part of the school fee.

 

If you’d like more information please feel free to call me or text me at 2818833630.

 

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Pressure Washing Training

Pressure Washing Training

The Pressure Cleaning and Roof Cleaning School is announcing big news that starts January 2014!  We will be offering Pressure Washing Training via the internet and web conferencing!  All you need is access to a computer with a camera and a microphone.  You will be able to take the same classes that we offer locally. Our Pressure Washing Training and Roof Cleaning School located in the Houston Texas area is now online!

Since March of 2011, we are glad to host over 35 students from various parts of the United States.  But we also have had many others that could not attend due to scheduling problems and other issues.  Many of you have asked if we could offer something online, and up until now we have not been able to do that.  Starting January 2014 that all changes.

Class Logistics

All web conferencing classes will be limited to no more than 3 students at a time so that I can assure that everyone receives the personal attention they deserve and the best value for their tuition. Classes will be no longer than 1 hour in length and once a week and scheduled as close to the students convenience as possible.

pressure washing training

Pressure Washing Training

 

During these web conferencing classes you will be able to learn subjects such as:

Starting Up Your Business from a Legal Stand Point-Environmental Awareness and Concerns-Equipment Selection

Marketing and Sales-How to Bid and Estimate Jobs-Customer Service Skills

Different Methods and Applications for Soft Washing and Pressure Washing– When,Why and How to use the proper pressure for the surface  area you are cleaning

Driveway and Concrete Cleaning

Cleaning Techniques That Save you Time and Money

How to Work Smart and Produce more Profits

How to mix and use your cleaning solutions for Roof Cleaning and House Washing

Detergents, Soaps, and Cleaning Products used for Specialty Stain Removal

Developing Relationships with Distributors who will help you get your business started

How to Develop relationships with your competition

Building your Web Site and SEO

Using Industry Forums and BBS to your advantage.

And Much More. We allow each student to learn and progress at his own pace.  You will also have access to me throughout the week or month at no extra charge via the phone or text messaging whether you completed your classes or not.  In other words, once you have become a student of the Pressure Washing and Roof Cleaning School, you can always call me anytime for any help or advice you may need.

If you are starting your pressure washing and roof cleaning business, consider appropriate training!  Call or text me at 281.883.3630 and I will be happy to discuss a class schedule and subjects that will fit your business.

The Pressure Cleaning School and Roof Cleaning School was started by Clean and Green Solutions, local Houston Texas and Kingwood Texas Pressure Washing and Roof Cleaning company.