6 Tools To Make Pressure Washing Easy
Residential grade gas pressure washers like the one pictured above have become very popular tools for homeowners in the last twenty years or so. Typically pumping between 2 and 3 gallons of water per minute, and producing between 2000-4000 psi, a quality gas powered washer can be purchased anywhere from $250-$500 at most home improvement stores. The uses for these machines are numerous ranging from house washing to paint stripping. Though new washers typically come with all accessories required to go to work, below are six inexpensive accessories that will make your pressure washing projects easier, quicker, and more efficient.
The aluminum male nipple with the black plastic sleeve screws on to the threaded piece that your spray wand hose typically screws to. The brass female quick connect threads onto the bottom part of the spray wand hose and connects to the aluminum male nipple that is threaded on the pump. The purpose of these accessories is to not only make disconnecting the wand hose quicker, but also eliminates the need to screw and unscrew parts to remove the spray wand from the machine, greatly reducing the risk of stripping the threads on the wand hose and pump.
This 5-in-1 hose nozzle has worked great for me. I built my own pressure washer a few years ago and only had a few tips for it that I ended up losing due to having nowhere to store them. I figured I would give this 5-in-1 a try but I did not expect much from it. I have been pleasantly surprised by how well it works. It adjusts from 0, 15, and 40 degree spray angles and also has a soap and flush mode. Adjustments are made by simply depressing the button on top and rotating the head to the desired spray mode. It has all the functions that I need for my pressure washing jobs and has held up very well.
The brass part with the male nipple on the left in the picture simply threads into the threaded part of any garden hose while the part on the right threads onto the part of the pressure washer pump that the garden hose typically threads onto. The piece that threads onto the pump does not need to be removed from the pump once installed, greatly reducing the chance of ruining any component of the costly washer pump. To make this quick connect even more effective you can buy a hose to dedicate to your pressure washer that way you will never have to screw or unscrew a hose when pressure washing again.
This quick connect wand extension gives you an extra 33 inches of reach for cleaning eaves, gutters, and high windows. It is a great compliment to the fifth tool mentioned below.
This attachment has a nice bend with two heads that shoot water to either side for blasting leaves, dirt, and debris from gutters. Coupled with the wand extension above, this setup will allow you to clean gutters safely from the ground opposed to dangling off of a ladder.
The pivoting coupler with quick connect and spray nozzle tips allows you to adjust the spray angle to wash those hard to reach areas. Though I discussed my love for the 5-in-1 nozzle earlier, it can be helpful to have the smaller individual tips for times when you need to access areas in tight spaces.
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