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Best Pressure Washer Power
Now that it’s summertime, a common fixture in many an American driveway is the dedicated homeowner, filled with a sense of great purpose, blasting away mercilessly with a high-pressure stream of water in an effort to … make the ground cleaner. Basically.
It might seem crazy to some, but for a plucky few the <a title="Pressure Washers" href="http://www.atgstores.com/pressure-washers_2438.html" target="_blank">pressure washer</a> epitomizes the ultimate expression of power tool bliss – might is measured in pounds per square inch and if it can’t blow a hole in the concrete then it’s Not. Strong. Enough.
In all seriousness, though, it’s reasonable to ask how much power you really need in a pressure washer. Pressure washer power ranges from woefully inadequate to 5-Star Insanity, so it pays to know your options when you wade into the fray.
<strong>Pressure Washer Power</strong>
Pressure washer power is typically measured in pounds per square inch, or PSI, and the higher the number the more powerful the weapon. The low band settles in at around 1000 PSI and the upper band can go as high as 5000 PSI for residential-grade pressure washers.
The power can be controlled either by adjusting the power or by switching out nozzles, which allows users to modify the water flow in gallons per minute (GPM). Below are examples of how much pressure you need to pressure wash a:
<li>Wooden Deck: 1500 PSI or less</li>
<li>Driveway: 3000 PSI or more</li>
<li>Vinyl, Aluminum or Steel Siding: 1500-2000 PSI</li>
<li>Brick: 1000 PSI or less</li>
<li>Stucco: 1000 PSI or less</li>
<strong>Pressure Washer Techniques</strong>
Keep in mind that it’s not all about the PSI – it’s also about the <em>angle of the spray</em> and <em>how far away you hold the nozzle</em> from the surface you intend to clean. Pitted surfaces like brick and stucco are easily chipped and too much pressure at the wrong angle can obliterate entire chunks of the surface material.
It also pays to remember that these things demand respect. It doesn’t take the most powerful pressure washer in the world to strip the flesh right off your bones if you’re not careful. Nope – not a joke.
<strong>Pressure Washer Chemicals / Water</strong>
Many pressure washer models also allow you to add detergents and can spray hot water, a potent combination that increases cleaning ability by a factor of … lots and lots. Even so, soap and hot water are not always the best choice and you should do your homework before powering up your pressure washer.
<a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes these tips help you get the most out of your pressure washer.