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.

  1. Spray Wand Quick Connect

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.

2.   5-in-1 Hose Nozzle

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.

3.  Garden Hose Quick Connect

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.

4. Quick Connect Wand Extension

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.

5.  Gutter Cleaning Attachment

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.

6. Pivoting Coupler with Nozzle Tips

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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For a ton of great information and comparisons of pressure washer models and brands check out this article from bestdrillreviews.com.

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Simple Lawn Mower Trick

 

It is not uncommon to find a mower similar to the one pictured above in the sheds and garages of homeowners across the country.  With the high price tags of zero turn mowers and the labor involved in walk behind mower operation, this popular style of riding lawn mower offers a nice compromise of out of pocket and physical labor expense.  These types of homeowner grade mowers are functional and dependable, but many brands and models often come with one feature that can be a huge nuisance when used to maintain a lawn, a safety feature that kills the engine when the blade is engaged and the mower is shifted into reverse.

Fortunately there is a way to eliminate this annoying feature with a simple solution costing most homeowners little to nothing except a few minutes of time, and requires one material that many people are likely to have laying around the house or shed.  All you need is a piece of sheathing from some electrical wire or some type of semi-robust piece of rubber to solve this issue.  The pictures and captions below will describe the process.

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First you will need to get a piece of rubber coating or sheathing and cut it to a length of about 2 inches.
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Next use a knife to cut a slit in one side of the sheathing so that it can be slid onto the part that needs to be covered coming up in a few steps.
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The sheathing should look like this after being sliced. Obviously it does not have to be perfect.
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Next, locate the shift knob on your mower. (The knob/lever used to shift the mower into forward, neutral, and reverse pointed to by the white arrow)
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Look below the fender and locate the shift rod that is connected to the knob above the fender. (Indicated by the white arrow)
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The rod connected to the shift knob above will be connected to a metal piece below the fender (indicated by white arrow) that is pushed back and made to contact with another metal piece (indicated by red arrow) which causes an electrical contact, signaling the motor to kill. There is wiring connected to the piece indicated by the red arrow that can be disconnected to avoid killing the mower, but I find using the sheathing to cover the metal piece to be a better method since it eliminates the chance of messing up the wiring harness or allowing the disconnected wire to corrode or contact anything else and short.
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Lastly, slide your piece of sheathing, coating, or rubber scrap over the metal piece that was indicated by the red arrow in the previous picture and you are done! This picture gives a good visual of how the sheathing prevents contact between the two metal parts when the mower is shifted into reverse, preventing the electrical signal for the mower to kill. I have used this same piece of sheathing since I bought the mower and the only time it has come off was when I pulled it off to take these pictures.

Below is a video of the same process featured in the pictures.  I apologize for the amateur cinematography.

I prefer to use the sheathing to cover the metal piece opposed to disconnecting the wires from the wiring harness for several reasons as previously mentioned because I do not want to take any chances of voiding the factory warranty.  If the electrical connectors used to connect the wires from mower to wiring harness would break or have some type of adhesive on them it would be broken when the wire was removed making it obvious that the harness had been tampered with.

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