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

By: Stephen Tern

There's little question that pressure washers are tremendously useful pieces of equipment. Obtainable in countless retailers such as garden centres, DIY stores and online they can be invaluable for jobs for instance washing terraces, vehicles, caravans, boats and bikes. These are projects which can otherwise be time-consuming, difficult work.
A pressure washer is fundamentally a power tool that sprays water at high pressures. Most machines can incorporate detergent into the spray, which helps to move greasy deposits. The spray pattern can also generally be controlled, from a thin jet to a open spray for big areas. Most manufacturers also offer a series of models, with various maximum working pressures. Obviously the higher the pressure, the bigger the area that can be washed. So if you need to clean cars and caravans, or big patio areas, opt for a higher-pressure model such as a 150 psi washer. For small jobs - bicycles, mowers for example, 100 psi could be sufficient.
While using a pressure washer, always follow the safety advice included in the owner’s handbook. The risks to keep in mind:-
The fierce spray from a pressure washer can result in severe harm that might at first appear minor, causing you to postpone treatment.
The intense spray can throw objects which place you and other bystanders in danger.
Electric shock can occur if the equipment is not used properly and if safety advice are not heeded.
The exhaust from small, petrol-­powered engines can result in carbon monoxide poisoning.
Put on eye protection at all times.
Never point a pressure washer at yourself or others.
Never attempt to move things around with spray from the washer.
Never use a petrol driven washer in an enclosed space.
Always use a circuit-breaker with an electric-powered washer and check it before use.
If an extension lead is needed, keep the plug and socket connection out of any standing water, and use a heavy duty extension cord with components rated for use in wet areas. Keep all the connections as remote as possible from the area of operation and away from any water runoff.Wear rubber­soled boots or shoes that provide some insulation when using the pressure washer.
Never cut or join the pressure washer's power lead or extension cord.
If the circuit breaker trips, it's wise to have a capable electrician check the pressure washer for electrical problems.
Never allow children to control a pressure washer. Keep children at a secure distance when an adult is using a pressure washer.
Nonetheless, the dangers 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 effort are outstanding from these excellent machines.

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