Thursday, October 31, 2013

How to Pressure Wash Gutters & Peaks

We all have high places that are hard to reach with our pressure washers, but if you're anything like me you don't want to pull out the ladder to reach them.

With the Ladder Saver, you can actually pressure wash hard to reach areas without using a ladder. I have personally tested this product, and here are my thoughts on it.

The Ladder Saver is a cheap but effective way to clean peaks on a house or any other hard to reach places. It will apply pressure washer detergents, but only if your pressure washer uses a down stream injector. This means your unit siphons detergent after the water has gone through the pump.

If your unit has a fixed detergent tank, it will not draw detergents. If you are having problems siphoning cleaning solution with your Ladder Saver, I recommend the down stream chemical injectors (adjustable or non-adjustable flow).
After receiving your chemical injector, it is essential to ensure that the arrows located between the two connectors are pointing with the flow of water (away from the pressure washer). This may require you to switch the two connecting ends. I have many people who are unable to draw chemicals because they installed the injector backwards.

In order to reach the full potential of 60 feet, I do feel you need around 4000 PSI. If you use 4000 PSI, you should be able to reach up to 60 feet. If you use 3000 PSI, you'll likely only reach up to 40 feet. I do not recommend using this product with anything less than 3000 PSI. If you have under 3000 PSI, I would suggest using a high pressure soap shooter.

I recommend this product to anyone that needs to clean up to 3 stories. While the telescoping wand is one of the best options for cleaning heights, the ladder saver is a way to do a fairly decent job for 1/4 of the price without killing your back in the process.

Telescoping wands are by far the best way to do some serious cleaning, but they do weigh around 13 pounds for the 24 foot wand, and without purchasing and using a wand belt, they are almost impossible to control. Also, many people don't have the ability to hold the 24 foot wand up; and even if they can, it will almost certainly cause their back to hurt. For that reason, this is by far the best alternative.

So to conclude, the Ladder Saver is a fantastic all-around alternative to a telescoping wand when it's assembled and used properly.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Here Comes Cyber Weekend!

It's Coming...
You know about Black Friday, and you may also know about Cyber Monday. If you're not familiar with it, Cyber Monday is when web stores discount prices and list huge sales on their products. It's a day when several million online shoppers are able to find Black Friday deals without fighting strangers and getting trampled in the snow.

To bring you what you're looking for, we'll be celebrating Black Friday and Cyber Monday with deals on all of our power equipment sites.

However, we will not be here on Black Friday! While other retailers will have employees working overtime and weekends, we will be sending our employees home to spend Black Friday and the weekend with their families.

Our sites have Buyer's Guides to help you through the decision making process, so even though you can't reach customer service or our experts by phone, we've done our best to ensure you are provided with answers to as many questions as possible. If you want more, you can scroll to the bottom of the website and click on our "How-to Library," where you can find many articles about our power equipment.

In addition, the items on our site have customer reviews as well as accurate up-to-date ratings generated by our unbiased algorithm so you can feel confident in your selection.

If you have questions or concerns about your order, you can call us on Cyber Monday, December 2nd, 2013.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Importance of Cleaning Your Pressure Washer Nozzles

We all know pressure washer nozzles come in different styles. Nozzles with smaller holes put out more pressure, and nozzles with bigger holes put out less pressure. These different nozzles with their different pressures can be useful for different tasks. You might use a nozzle with more pressure for concrete and one with a little less pressure for decking. You may use one for metal chairs that you would not use on your vinyl siding.

So, knowing what we do about nozzles with smaller holes, what would happen if the one of these nozzles started to become clogged? The more clogged it becomes, the smaller the hole becomes, which means higher pressure. Higher pressure means more work for the engine and the pump.

Imagine if you were blowing through a straw and someone placed a wet piece of cloth over the end. You’d have to blow a lot harder to get the same amount of air flow through the straw. The same applies with pressure washers. The pump is like our lungs, the hose is like the straw, and the clogged nozzle is like the wet cloth. The pump is going to be working extra hard to push the water through that clogged nozzle.

To clear the blockage in your nozzle and prevent over-exerting your pressure washer, follow these few steps.

Unclogging Your Nozzle
  1. Remove the nozzle If you clear the blockage without taking the nozzle off, it’ll likely just clog again.
  2. Using a straightened paperclip, try digging and poking the blockage backwards out of the hole. Hold the nozzle by the sides with the front of the nozzle facing you. Using the paperclip, try pushing the clog back the way it came. 
  3. Rinse the nozzle thoroughly front and back
  4. Replace the nozzle and go.

If the nozzle remains clogged, remove it and try clearing it out with a paperclip again. Just remember that reversing the clog is the best way to unclog it. Push it back the way it came from. If you have a lot of trouble getting it unclogged, try soaking it in hot water and then attempt it again.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Who am I?

Perhaps you're wondering who I am...

I'm Mike, and I'm the pressure washer expert at Pressure Washers Direct. I've created this blog as a way to share my expert knowledge of pressure washers with the world.

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