Pressure Washer Hose Repair

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Old 05-11-04, 06:50 PM
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Pressure Washer Hose Repair

First time posting and thanks in advance for any help. I am not quite sure exactly what forum topic to post under and if this isn't the right one, i would appreciate it if someone would direct me to the right one. Anyway, a friend of mine has a gas powered pressure washer, (don't know the psi) but the hose has developed a small hole in it. Anyone have any ideas as to how and if a repair can be made to the hose that would hold under pressure?
 
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Old 05-11-04, 11:57 PM
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Tar cement and a clamp might doit. But I would just buy a new hose.
 
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Old 05-12-04, 05:38 AM
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Positively BUY a new hose.
Preferrably a double steel reinforced.
A bad or worn hose can be very dangerous. A split or hole near the wand end near your arm can tear a hole in flesh. I know a fellow contractor that required thirty stitches in his forearm.

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Old 05-12-04, 03:25 PM
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re: pressure washer hose repair

Hello DB:

I have to agree with fewalt: Buy a new hose

This is a safety issue and a very serious one.

As it's a gas pressure washer it probably does 2500 PSI or better.

With a 0 degree tip (which is what a small hole might be like) you can write your name in concrete--or punch a hole in human flesh.

Here's an excerpt on caring for pressure washer hoses. I did not write it but think it's good advice.

Good luck and insist your friend buy a new hose.

Regards,

Snowman 53

PRESSURE WASHER HOSE CARE

Pressure washers can handle the really tough cleaning tasks, but only if the components are right for the job and in good working order. Without the right hose, a pressure washer is useless. You can save yourself time, money and headaches by selecting the right hose, knowing the limitations of your washer, and taking the time to maintain it. Following these guidelines will help you do just that.

* Select a hose that operates within the temperature range of your pressure washer. If a hose runs with water that is too hot, the hose core can become brittle and crack.
* The same holds true for the external walls. A hose should never be dragged over a hot surface or allowed to lay on a surface that is above its temperature rating.
* If cleaning by chemical injection, use a chemical-resistant hose.
* Choose an appropriate length of hose and allow for "pulse shortening" or sufficient slack to accommodate the change in hose length when operating at full pressure.
* If coupling more then one hose, consider spring guards to protect the hose from bursting where coupling and flexing can weaken the hose.
* Follow manufacturer's specifications on hose selection, and never substitute a hose that is intended for another purpose.
* Make a visual inspection of the hose, checking the whole length for abrasions, cuts and damage that could be caused by improper storage, chemical deterioration or extreme temperature exposures. Pay close attention to coupled joints or damage from kinks.
* If the inspection reveals any damage, replacing the hose is the surest way to avoid potential failure and injury. Destroy worn out or damaged hoses so they won't be used by mistake.
* Drain hoses after each use and flush hoses that have been used for chemical cleaning thoroughly.
* Wind hoses carefully and loosely. Careless or tight winding of hoses can cause kinks or flat spots.
* Leave nails, pegs and hooks for tasks other than hanging your hose. Always store your hose on a reel to avoid cuts or flat spots.
* Avoid storing your hoses in temperatures below freezing. To avoid possible cracking or bursting, always let a cold hose warm up before using it.

Pressure washers are designed to run at specific pressures. Use a hose that has a rating above the maximum operating pressure of the washer. Never override the safety controls on a pressure washer. Overriding the flow, temperature, vacuum or pressure switches can create a hazardous situation. Following manufacturer's guidelines and paying close attention to proper storage and maintenance will let you start your next pressure washing task without fear of getting "hosed."



 
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Old 05-12-04, 08:20 PM
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thanks for the replies guys. I believe i have convinced my neighbor to go ahead and buy a new hose. Neither of us even thought about all the dangers of defective hoses. thanks again
 
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Old 06-07-04, 12:02 PM
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Question Along with busted hose, how about leaking hydraulic fluild?

Do I take this to the shop or do I attempt to repair this myself. The fluid is dripping from underneath the motor housing attached to the brass unit. HelpThanks C.M.
 
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Old 06-07-04, 03:49 PM
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Probably 30 wt non-detergent oil which cools/lubricates the pump.

I would take it in for repairs.

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Old 06-08-04, 05:18 AM
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Thumbs up Leaking hydraulic fluid

Thanks Fewalt for the advice. Taking it to the shop as we speak. Thanks again. c.m.
 
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Old 09-24-09, 07:37 PM
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Call around to local hydraulic shops. Most of them make their own hoses and have the crimping machine and crimps to repair your hose using your original coupling.
 
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Sorry Cheese, I moved that post to a thread of its own just as you posted. The thread was 5 years old.

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Call around to local hydraulic shops. Most of them make their own hoses and have the crimping machine and crimps to repair your hose using your original coupling.
 
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Old 09-24-09, 07:49 PM
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No problem, I'll copy/paste it over on the new thread.
 
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