Buy/rent pressure washer for house paitning

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Old 07-07-06, 04:26 AM
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Talking Buy/rent pressure washer for house paitning

Originally I was thinking to rent pressure washer for painting my house. Rent will be about $100.
But now I think to buy and use it later periodically for washing fence, cars and driveway.

Questions:
- what pressure washer would you recommend within $100-$300 that in first time will be able to power wash wood shingles siding?
- Would Karcher 1750 PSI Electric Pressure Washer or "Husky 1800 Electric Pressure Washer" be good for this purpose?
- do you recommend to rent as low priced pressure washer is not good enough for wood shingles siding?
 
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Old 07-07-06, 05:08 AM
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Personally I'm leary of electric presssure washers, the ol elec and water don't mix thing although the electric models are supposed to be GFI protected.

The down side of elcetric units is you need and extension cord and reduced pressure compared to gas. The upside is you shouldn't have any problems getting it started.

A pressure washer in the hands of the inexpeirence can do a lot of damage. IMO for most uses you don't need the extra pressure of the big machines. Too much pressure can damage wood or force water wher it shouldn't be A pressure washer should be an aid in washing a house and the the sole means. The correct way to wash a house is to wet it down, spray a cleaning mixture [bleach/tsp] and the use the least amount of pressure that will both rinse of the cleaning agent and remove any stubborn grime.

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Old 07-07-06, 02:11 PM
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marksr,
thanks for your post.

Even if I hire contractor I would like to know if above compressors are ok to use as one contractor just told me that I have to rent power wash for him.
 
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I suppose it would do the job. The higher the pressure output the more danger of doing damage so it wouldn't be as big a concern as with the larger models. My biggest concern with that unit would be 'how long is the pressure hose' You need a minimum of 25' to have good working conditions.
 
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Old 07-09-06, 05:59 PM
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I just hired contractor; will check if his "pressure hose" is 25' long :-)
If it is not should I ask him not to use short hose or it is not critical for professionals?
Thank you.
 
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The length of hose determines how hard the job will be to do. I would hate to have to move the pressure washer with each ladder move and especially to have to set the unit right under my ladder

A pro will likely have plenty of hose since portability makes the job go faster/easier which = more profit
 
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