Need To Knows About Electric & Gas Pressure Washers

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You may be wondering why I wrote an article about pressure washers. Well, I’m working as an executive assistant for a CEO of a company that provides pressure washing services. I want to share what I’ve learned to anyone who can’t live in cluttered, dirty spaces. Perhaps you also love your vehicle very much and would like to keep it as clean as can be. You’ll love the tips below!

 

Pressure Washers 101

Both electric and gas pressure washers are handy tools to clean outdoor grime and dirt. These machines can be intimidating, but with proper instruction homeowners can safely operate pressure washers, and have a lot of fun while cleaning! Below are the types and how they work:

All pressure washers work by pressurizing a continuous water flow (from a garden hose, for example) so that the water sprays through a wand with a force of at least 1,000 lbs. The water supply is measured in gallons per minute (gpm) and must be uninterrupted for the pressure washer to work. The water pressure is measured in pounds per inch per square (psi) and the higher the psi, the more powerful the pressure washer’s stream. A pressure range of 1300-2400 lbs is suitable for occasional cleaning projects.

Electric pressure washers are generally the best choice for homeowners. They run on 1-1/2 gpm and have a pressure range of 1300-1400 psi, which makes them optimal for cleaning outdoor grills, washing cars and cleaning garage floors. Electric pressure washers are usually affordable and portable, and many come with built-in detergent tanks. With electric washers it is important to use outlets with a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) and a 12-14 gauge extension cord.

Gas pressure washers can provide a higher psi, sometimes as much as 3000 lbs of water pressure, but to achieve this pressure they require 2-3 gpm. These washers work best for tougher cleaning jobs such as deep-cleaning concrete, siding prep before painting and wooden deck stain removal. Depending on the water pressure, non-commercial units can cost between $300 and $800 and can be rented along with longer spray wands and chemical injectors. Learn more from these gas pressure washer reviews.

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Starting a Gas Washer

When tackling a cleaning project with a gas pressure washer, follow these steps to start the machine:

  1. Clear the inlet filter of debris.
  2. Connect all washer accessories.
  3. Run water through the washer for one minute to remove air bubbles.
  4. Squeeze the wand trigger to prime the pressure.
  5. Pull the starter cord to start the pressure washer.

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Water Supply

It is necessary to check that your water supply can provide the gallons per minutes that your pressure washer requires before beginning any cleaning projects. Time how long it takes to fill a five gallon bucket to get an estimate of how many gallons per minute your hose can provide. A three quarter inch diameter hose of 50 ft. or less should be able to connect to your washer’s inlet. Be sure to remove all kinks from the hose and clean the washer’s filter prior to starting the machine. Remember, it is important to test out the washer’s pressure and spray pattern before starting any cleaning projects.

 

Power Cleaning Techniques for Siding

If your intent is to use a pressure washer to clean the siding of a house, follow these helpful steps:

  1. Lay tarps around your work area to protect anything you do not want to subject to water damage. Any lead paint chips that break loose of the siding will need to be collected and safely disposed of as hazardous waste.
  2. Position the spray wand at a 45 degree angle to the siding to prevent damaging the surface of the house.
  3. Clean small areas at a time with overlapping strokes of the spray wand.
  4. Work from the bottom up to prevent streaks, and then spray from the top down for a final clean sweep. This will remove any remaining grime while avoiding damage.
  5. Avoid spraying windows as the water pressure can shatter the glass.
  6. Keep the stream level to prevent water from spraying behind the siding and damaging the material.

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Using Detergents

Pressure washer accessories and detergents work to reduce project time while providing a better clean. It is recommended that you inquire about detergents when buying or renting a pressure washer to avoid filling the machine with improper fluids. When using a detergent, the washer’s spray must be set to a wide pattern. Be sure to follow the instructions on your pressure washer for detergent use, detergent dilution, and connecting the chemical injector.

 

Machine Maintenance

Keep your pressure washer indoors when not in use. This will protect the spray wand, pump, and hoses from any possible damage. For gas pressure washers, it is important to either add gas preservation to the fuel tank or drain the tank completely until further use.

 

Safety Tips

When using a pressure washer, be sure to follow these cautionary tips in order to have a safe and successful cleaning project:

  1. Do not aim the pressure washer at people or animals as the water pressure can cause serious injury.
  2. Always wear safety goggles when operating the pressure washer.
  3. Avoid operating the pressure washer while on a ladder as the high pressure can knock you off balance. To clean hard to reach areas, use a lance extension.

4. Keep at least 6 ft. away from outlets, power lines, and electrical masts.

Must Do Tips for NYC Tourists

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I’ve been living in the city for a while now, but I wasn’t always a seasoned New Yorker. Learn from my experiences (and from my mistakes) and follow these guidelines to have the best time in the Big Apple.

  1. Avoid paying full price. New York is known for its designer discounts, and stores are always reducing prices to help move dead stock. Sample sales are a great way to try out high-end products for a fraction of the cost. Second-hand and consignment shops are abundant in the city and offer major discounts if you’re up for a little digging.money
  2. Get into the habit of tipping. Not just wait staff and taxi drivers, but almost anyone who provides you with a service deserves a decent tip. A pro strategy I use is to budget for tips on a day-to-day basis. This way you can avoid coming up short (and embarrassment that follows). Do keep in mind, however, that tips are based on the quality of service; it is acceptable to withhold tips if the service is poor, while above-and-beyond service should earn a higher tipping percentage. If you choose not to tip your server, you may be asked why, but don’t worry, this is where Tip #3 comes in.
  3. Speak your mind. This is an easy way to ditch the meek tourist vibe. Whether you are dissatisfied with an unsavoury meal or are terrified by a rogue taxi ride, it is important to voice your concerns. The pay-off is well worth the effort, trust me. Once at a restaurant, I called attention to an incorrect order and my dinner was instantly replaced for free!
  4. Mind your manners. As in, don’t be too nice. This tip is probably the opposite of what your mother taught you, but in New York being too polite can often put you at a disadvantage. Drop the niceties and get right down to business when placing an order at a bustling deli to avoid being ignored or pushed aside. Keep interactions short and to the point, but remember common courtesies are still important, so don’t forget to say “Thank you” when necessary.
  5. Don’t loiter. This tip is especially important in crowded subways where standing in the wrong place can be dangerous. It’s best to step off to the side if you need a moment to tie a shoelace or check a map. Avoid blocking entrances and exits, or prepare to be bowled over by frustrated locals. I learned this the hard way (believe me, I had the bruise to prove it).
  6. Familiarize yourself with the subway system. If you need to reach a destination, don’t jump on the nearest train, as the underground railways can be confusing. When I first moved here, I would always check a map above ground to see if a more efficient route was available at a station a block or two away. Be sure to take note of route changes, as well, especially on the weekends.subway
  7. Respect celebrities’ privacy. While it may be tempting to ask every celeb you encounter for an autograph or picture, it is considered poor taste to do so and will often warrant disapproval from the city’s residents (and the celebrities). It is best to keep your distance and admire the stars from afar.
  8. Avoid dining in the Theatre District. Even on Broadway it is best to steer clear of the food. If you are in the area try to travel with snacks, like a banana or nuts, to prevent making poor decisions out of hunger. This will also save you money for leisure and drinks; Sardi’s has a great bar upstairs that you have to check out. Or you can try dinner at Charlie Palmer, located in Times Square at the Knickerbocker hotel, where you can savour a three course meal for $45.
  9. Explore outside Manhattan. Brooklyn is especially exciting with its creative residents and rich culture. Popular places to visit are Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights, and Prospect Park, known for the flush greenery and historic architecture. For more unique experiences, be sure to explore what Bushwick has to offer. There are beautiful parks to enjoy, but if you prefer to be indoors you can soak up some culture in the neighbourhood’s countless art galleries. Gowanus is another great spot to visit, famous for the Gowanus Canal (it’s impressive even if it is considered one of the United States’ most polluted waters).manhatten
  10. Be confident. True New Yorkers proudly wear their confidence like a Rebecca Minkoff bag, so don’t be afraid to live boldly while you are here. Tourists, often unnecessarily, assume big cities mean danger, but this is not the case. Over the years New York has become a much safer place. Remember to keep your wits about you, but don’t let fear stop you from having the trip of a lifetime!

So next time you’re in New York, even if it’s just for the day, keep these tips in mind. Not only will you have a memorable trip, but you’ll be even more prepared for your next big city adventure.

New York for Art Lovers

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Are you an art lover? You either need to be living in New York or living near New York. This really is the art capital of the United States, and you’re going to have a hard time finding better opportunities to create, distribute, and observe great art if you can’t go to New York on a regular basis. Sure, the world is global now and you can see anything online. Or rather, you can see almost anything online. You’re not going to be able to find some of the stuff in the galleries of New York online because not everyone is going to post everything that’s there. New York for art lovers isn’t just a twentieth century thing. It’s true for those of us on the other side of the New Millennium.

You’ll have galleries galore when you go to New York City. People literally just go there for a night out when they live in New York. If you’re in most parts of the United States, you’re barely going to be able to see anything when you try to look for galleries. Most cities in the United States have a few galleries of their own, but they don’t have entire districts that are basically the art districts and that’s it. New York more or less has its own little islands of everything. You have your shopping island with all of the biggest and best stores in the world, you have your business island where the rich people go to work, and you have your artistic island.

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There’s a reason why people are usually going to go to live in New York if they want to carve out an art career. It’s never been easy to make it as a fine artist. Some people try to have their own Etsy stores today, but that’s not going to give you much more than a supplementary income. It also means that you’re going to have to bend to what the Internet wants, even if it means subsuming your artistic vision in the first place. You really need to be able to get your artwork in a particular gallery if you want to get ahead in the art world. For the most part, the art world is here in New York City.

The great thing about SoHo is that it also has some of the best restaurants in the world in addition to some of the best opportunities for arts viewing in the world. You can really make a night of it. You go to one of the new restaurants where some of the greatest culinary artists in the world show off their fabulous creations, and then you go to observe some of the greatest fine arts in the world. Cooking is an art and a skill after all, and that’s what you’re going to be able to experience when you go to the fine restaurants of SoHo. New York isn’t just for fine arts lovers. It’s for the people who love the creative and performing arts of all kinds, as well as cooking.

My three favorite galleries have to be the Gagosian Gallery, the Luhring Augustine, and the Fisher Landau Center for Art. Yeah, I know that everyone says that they really like the Luhring Augustine and it’s not a very ‘hipster’ thing to say, but there’s a reason why everyone says that. It really is that great when it comes to its selection and just about everyone else. I really like the more obscure Fisher Landau Center for Art because the art was all assembled by a private collector. It’s always great to get art selection advice from a fellow art lover. The Gagosian Gallery has this great minimalist atmosphere that is refreshing in an era where lots of people think that you need to add light shows in order to impress people with art.

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Obviously, New York isn’t just about the newer and the up-and-coming artists, or even the people who want to be newer and up-and-coming artists. This is a great place for the people who love to go to art museums as well and who want to see the stuff that has stood the test of time. New York City has some of the best art museums in the world, and I’m not just talking about the famous ones that everyone has heard of before: if you really know the area, read reviews and ask around, you’re going to be able to find all sorts of hidden gems around New York City. New York City really is the city of hidden gems in almost every way, and that’s what a lot of people are going to find right away when they get to here.

Of course, in some ways, New York for art lovers is more about the culture than anything else. In some parts of the United States, you’re going to find a lot of people who are really negative about the art world in general. They’ll talk all about how art is useless and the people who spend their lives in creative professions and creative fields like art are really wasting their time. If you’re an art lover, those kinds of statements are either going to annoy you or break your heart, depending upon how strong you feel. You’re not going to run into any of that in New York. This is one of the capitals of the world as far as creativity goes, and you’re going to be able to find the people who not only love art, but who really love artists in New York City.

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