Saturday, July 25, 2009

What Is The Proper Pressure For Your Pressure Washer

By Riche Goldmann

A pressure washer is a great tool for jobs around the house. You can rent or buy one depending on how much use you think you might get out of it. Pressure washers come in a variety of sizes for different jobs. This article will provide you with some tips on choosing the right washer for your application and also provide some advice on how to use it.

First of all, there are two primary kinds of pressure washers: gasoline and electric powered. Electric units are easy to use, though they are smaller and much less powerful, meaning that they can't handle jobs that are overly difficult. However, they are perfect for smaller jobs like car washing, the removal of dirt and grime off of your boat, and cleaning your outdoor grill. They are a good idea for you if you are less experienced with pressure washers, as it will be more difficult for you to do any damage to anything.

Another advantage to smaller electric powered pressure washers tend to be cheaper, and priced well. They are easily stored in any garage or shed and can be transported with one hand to any place where they are needed. As stated earlier, these kinds of pressure washers are perfect for you if you need to tackle small jobs on a regular basis.

The smallest gas powered washer has more power than the biggest electric one. The size of the motor determines just how powerful the washer can be. Other components are built to varying standards depending on whether you get a modest size residential model or a larger commercial grade one. These big commercial units are very expensive, so if you really need that sort of power for a job, you are better off renting it for the day.

Gas powered pressure washers are the perfect choice for big cleaning jobs like decks and vinyl siding. With a powerful unit you can wash your entire house, even the second story from the ground. You can also use these big washers to clean concrete driveways.

You need to be careful, however, because the washer is powerful enough to take off more than you intended with that concentrated stream of water. Professional painters often use pressure washers to strip the paint off the sides of brick and wooden buildings. Obviously if you want to simply clean the paint, you need to be careful. A big commercial unit can even eat right through concrete if you spray it from close range.

Every pressure washer comes with an adjustable nozzle at the end of the hose that must be adjusted to create the right shape and power of a stream. Pressure washers can be very dangerous, especially if they come into contact with someone. A hit from a stream of water from a pressure washer can potentially bruise someone and can even cause bleeding if the skin is torn.

So, before you buy or rent a pressure washer, make a list of the jobs you would use it for over the next year. The types of jobs on this list will tell you how big a unit you will need and the number of jobs on the list will tell you whether you should buy or rent one.

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