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What do you use and why? [16 vote(s)]

12 volt system
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I use whatever works for the particular project and or constraints when it comes to house washes/exterior surfaces. What are you guys using and can you give the pros and cons of each?

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downstream

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I'm curious also Hank, as you may have seen on the other forums.. Im currently running an air pump

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We use a 12 volt and rinse with a booster pump.



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12 volt and rinse with Cannon AKA booster pump

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Downstream on residential homes, but often use 12volt to apply chem on commercial building washes.



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There are only a couple reasons not to downstream while washing house.

(1) You don't do very many and doesn't warrant buying a pressure washer, with enough hose, etc...

(2) If it's not a typical house wash and you need a very strong mix to get treat the dirt, mold, etc.. Dryvit and stucco are materials I actually use my roof setup for application.

I use to be dead set on applying my house wash mix with a dedicated pump, and done it that way for years, but once I tried DS'ing I never looked back,..Ease of application, simple 5 gallon bucket of mix,..and only ONE hose to drag around.

And even though you can wash with a dedicated pump,..if you're doing very many houses at all, a pressure washer setup is the better option, things like rinsing high is an easier deal if you're able to put out 800 PSI to help remove debris and those little fluffy things that get under the lap of siding, cocoons of some sort I guess , and picking off bees nests glue,..tough stuff.

Being able to clean concrete has to be done with a pressure washer, I know you can kill the mold and remove some dirt with softwashing, but it isn't near as clean as it would be if you used a pressure washer, and concrete cleaning alone warrants a pressure washer purchase. If you're getting on the property to do a roof or a house you're passing money up if you're not offering concrete cleaning, sidewalks, pool surrounds, patios,..etc

We always do sidewalks and steps as part of our normal house wash, and even sometimes during a roof cleaning,..clean concrete just looks nice and so I make it that way,Ha,Ha,... We don't sell the job with the concrete, we just throw it in and the customer feels like they got a little more,...and I guess,..really they did,...because it's so easy and routine that it's not factored into the price. I think it makes me happier than the customer,Ha,Ha...
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We use roof pump and a 8 gl a min pressure washer.

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I use 12 volt and a booster pump. To me the booster pump uses more water than necesarry at times so we do not always use it. I don't doubt anything your saying Jeff. I guess using a pressure washer would work well for rinsing and also not use much water so I can see the value in that. We often need to reclaim so I like the idea of my rinse water being dilluted so I dont toast my Scirocco. I must admit, I like not using a loud, heavy pressure washer but I can't argue with the logic.

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When I pull up I want to be loud. LOL!

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Eric has side flare pipes on his machines. Last year we tried a 13HP - 5.6gpm @ 2500. Everone seemed to like it. I have a brand new 13HP - 8gpm @ 1800psi and will be hooking it up soon. Its a little 13 hp motor with a gigantic pump. I got it with electric start. Its a sweet little unit.

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Just curious Eric, I know you've been around a while so I'm just asking,....why don't you downstream you house wash mix?

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I prefer to just use the same system that I use for the roof cleaning, in my opinion we wouldn't gain any speed at all using DSing or X jetting.

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I have 2 systems, a modified sws cradle skid and my commercial trailer. I really just depends on what I'm washing, but I'd say 70% of the i apply my chems with the grainger booster pump

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Jeff Wible wrote:

Just curious Eric, I know you've been around a while so I'm just asking,....why don't you downstream you house wash mix?

Jeff


 I work with my wife so I soap the house so she can rinse. If I down steamed I would have to sit in the truck. Lol! It might be faster but her and I are in no race.



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Yea I hear ya' Eric,..for me it's not about speed neither( Heck, we brush wash the whole house) ,..just simpler for us. Just wondered what your reasoning was.

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I like the using the roof pump because I can adjust my mix and know how much to mix up.

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I like D/S when house washing. I can do more with it and I like it better.

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how high can ya'll shoot with a DS?

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12v and booster pump for rinsing when needed.

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Hey Ray,..depends on your machine,..but anywhere from 30-40 ft. fairly easy. More GPM equals greater height.

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After spending a lifetime around the flooring industry and grinders, saws, commercial jobsites, loud superintendants, bossy general contractors... we love to hear the birds sing.

So that is why we like the quietness of 12v systems.

I would imagine as Doug Rucker told me when we start to do larger multi units, we will accept the noise that comes with the bigger pumps

I am giving up my big bad 7.3 diesel pickup for the same reason. Our customers are not quite as in love with the diesel as I was.

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We apply with 12 volt and rinse with either a booster or pw with soft tips.

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When D/S or S/W, I guess cost wise between S/H and Gas the cost would be the same

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Which booster pump did you wind up getting Mike. I know back in October you said you might pick one up, but did not know if you got one yet.



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1 HP Wayne water booster. It will mainly be hooked up to the buffer tank to make sure the tank keeps up with the pw.

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What Pw are u softwashing of pwing?



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We use the pressure pro 8 gl.

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4gpm @3500psi



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I'm gonna mount our pressure pro 8gpm 3000 psi to the skid.

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