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Convenient, effective, great for DIY projects.
on April 19, 2016
Every few years I've had the vinyl siding on my house pressure-washed. I like the results - the dirt and stains are gone and the original white color is restored. What I didn't like was the increasing cost - from $100 a long time ago to more like $250 each time. So this spring I decided to look into getting my own equipment and turn it into a DIY project. I looked at Consumer Reports ratings and other websites on the "dos and dont's" of pressure-washing a house. I decided on an electric instead of gas-powered because of the lower cost and convenience (plus less noise and pollution).
I visited the local Home Depot and Lowes and each store only had two models, none of which were recommended by CR. The store employees told me I could order my choice from their website and have it shipped to the store, but what would be the point of that since Amazon ships directly to the house? So I placed an order for this model Friday night and amazingly it was on my doorstep from USPS the following Sunday morning. I didn't even use the 2-day delivery option but here it was 36 hours later.
It took me about 30 minutes to unpack everything and figure out how to assemble the small parts - hose, wand, etc. The machine itself was shipped intact with nothing required except lifting the handle. The motor wasn't too loud - quieter than a lawn mower or blower. It was heavy and took some strength to roll and move it around. My garden hose screwed on easily and smoothly with no leaks. I filled each of the 2 plastic tanks with liquid cleaner (Simple Green HD) and proceeded to washing.
The first thing I noticed was that the water spray was mostly pressure instead of volume. In other words, not much water came out but the force of the spray quickly removed dirt from the siding. It was fast and easy to blast away obvious dirt, but for the grayish stains I had to hold the wand closer (6-12") and go slower. But I was very impressed how well it worked - on the stained areas of the siding it was almost like I was painting as the gray color disappeared and the underlying white came out.
I was disappointed in the soap containers as the suction was so powerful that the detergent level dropped quickly and the tank emptied out within about 60 seconds (I didn't time it exactly). The one gallon that I purchased was nowhere near enough to clean the whole house. I only got about half of it done before I ran out and had to use plain water for the remainder. Next time I'll probably try a concentrated detergent that I can mix with water and keep refilling the tanks. It seemed pretty wasteful.
After finishing the house I easily disconnected the garden hose, wound up the hose attached to the machine, coiled up the electric cord, and found a spot in my garage to store it for next time. Although the instructions state not to use an extension cord, I had to in order to reach all sides of the house. I used one of those orange outdoor cords - not sure of the amps - and didn't notice any problems. The attached cord has a large GFCI which hopefully will cut power if any water gets into the machine.
As I've only used this once, I can't say how it will hold up over time. I can see myself using it to wash cars, clean grills, blast the porch and driveway, maybe even metal garbage cans. It will definitely save me money on hiring other people to pressure-wash my house and maybe even on automatic car washes.