Blockage in Power Washer wand


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Old 06-23-18, 06:46 PM
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Blockage in Power Washer wand

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My first post here. I have 3 small engine yard equipments that have different problems and I am hoping to start on DIY journey. Hope someone here can help.
1. Pressure Washer: I have a 1500 psi electric pressure washer from "Pressure-Washer" company that no longer seems to exist and is now redirected to Simpson Cleaning when I call the helpline. The problem is that no water comes out of the wand with or without power is turned on. Instead the water comes back out from the handle of the gun indicating some blockage in the path forward. When I remove the wand from the gun, the wanter comes out from the other end of the gun as would be expected. I suspect the wand has some blockage (likely at the tip) but do not know how to fix this. I have no model number but the picture of the wand with the tip is attached.
2. Lawn Mower: Trying to fix my Toro Recycler 20317 with Tecumseh engine, while re attaching the Carburetor screw, I broke the screw such that part of the screw is stuck in the carb bowl and head part broke off. How to fix this and is it worth for a 15 year mower?
3. Leaf Blower: I have a low end 9 amp Craftsman Leaf blower with one of the two flat electric connector pins (where you connect your extension cord to) broke off. There is a small length of copper cable strands sticking out of the housing to connect the pin to. How to fix this?

In the past I used to give up on fixing these but I realize that this is getting expensive when added up and at least I should try to fix and that way I will learn some of these things in the process.

Thanks a lot in advance fellow DIYers and experts.
 
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Old 06-23-18, 09:50 PM
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Maybe try fishing a wire through from the tip end to clear out the wand?

The mower probably isn't worth the trouble but you could buy a replacement carb for probably less than $30 if it's worth it to you.

The blower... Unless you can get a plug end and use a soldering gun and heat shrink tubing, I'd say buy another.
 
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Old 06-24-18, 12:12 PM
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Blocked/plugged pressure washer wands is a common problem. The typical problem is spiders. They crawl in the hose end of the wand and build a nest. When the washer is used the nest clogs the tip. The trickiest part is finding something small enough to clean the nozzle.

I have several different wands and when done with them I put a small plug of material in the end to keep the unwanted out.
 
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Thank you "Cheese" and Pete. Appreciate your help. I am now going to focus on the wand cleaning for the washer and give up on Lawn Mower and Leaf Blower.
I tried the paper clip to clean the tip of the wand and it is too big so onto something more narrow. One thought I have is to find a neighbor's washer and direct it's water jet to the tip of the wand for my washer hoping that would do the trick.
 
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Old 06-24-18, 05:01 PM
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Some things to try.... one tine from a wire brush. A long sewing needle.
 
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Old 06-24-18, 06:34 PM
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The wire from a twist tie works well. Have a good one. Geo
 
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Some things to try.... one tine from a wire brush.
Back before reversible tips on airless paint guns that is how I cleaned the tip when it got clogged. Just be careful not to break the wire off in the tip!
 
 

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