Pressure Washers - A few Advice on Choosing And Using Them Safely

By: Stephen Tern


There's no doubt that pressure washers are exceptionally handy pieces of equipment. Available in numerous retailers such as garden centres, DIY stores and on the net they can be invaluable for jobs such as washing patios, vehicles, caravans, boats and bicycles. These are jobs which could otherwise be time-consuming, difficult work.
A pressure washer is essentially a power tool that sprays water at high pressures. Nearly all designs can introduce detergent into the spray, which will help to move oily deposits. The spray pattern can also commonly be changed, from a thin jet to a open spray for big areas. Generally suppliers also offer a collection of versions, with different maximum working pressures. Obviously the greater the pressure, the bigger the area that can be washed. So if you need to wash cars and caravans, or large courtyard areas, opt for a higher-pressure type such as a 150 psi washer. For small jobs - bikes, mowers for instance, 100 psi could be adequate.
Safety
When using a pressure washer, always abide by the safety advice contained in the owner’s handbook. The risks to keep in mind:-
The strong spray from a pressure washer can cause serious harm that could well at first seem slight, causing you to delay treatment.
The powerful spray can throw objects which put you and other bystanders at risk.
Electric shock can happen if the equipment is not used properly and if safety instructions are not heeded.
The fumes from small, petrol-­powered engines can result in carbon monoxide poisoning.
Safeguards
Put on eye protection at all times.
Never point a pressure washer at yourself or others.
Never try to push things about with spray from the washer.
Never use a petrol powered washer in an enclosed space.
Always use a circuit-breaker with an electric-powered washer and check it prior to use.
If an extension lead is needed, keep the plug and socket connection out of any standing water, and use a heavy duty extension lead with components rated for use in wet areas. Keep all the connections as far away as feasible from the area of operation and away from any water runoff.Wear rubber­soled footwear that provide some insulation when using the washer.
On no account cut or splice the power cord or extension lead.
If the circuit breaker trips, it's wise to have a qualified electrician check the equipment for electrical problems.
Never allow children to use a pressure washer. Keep children at a safe distance when an adult is using a pressure washer.
Nevertheless, the risks really should not be over-estimated. As long as you study the manual and apply common sense, there should be no problems. The savings in time and energy are amazing from these excellent machines.

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