How to Set Up a Pressure Washer

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Matthew Christian

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Hi my name is Matthew Christian from Tampa, Florida and on behalf of Expert Village. Today we are going to talk about the proper use and maintenance of a pressure washer. Okay we have talked about it now let's go ahead and set up our pressure washer. Remember as I mentioned before it is before you hook up your supply line it is important to bleed any air out of the garden hose. Another thing that I like to add also is I got here a standard your typical household garden hose. This hose would supply plenty of water for this particular machine, this is a low output machine relatively speaking. But when you get to the larger gas power units may be four-thousand psi. It is not so much the pressure but gallon per minute units that go anywhere from four gallons or up gallons per minute you want to use a larger diameter supply line. I think this one is 5/8 extra local home improvement you can get to their quarter. So basically if you are going to be using a larger machine, I recommend using a larger supply line cause the machine uses more water you want to make sure it has as much water as it needs. But again for our purposes this standard supply would work fine. Also notice that I have put a shut off fan on the tip of this hose, I turn the water on but as mention it is important that you release the air pressure out of the line before you use it. So I'm going to let the air out. Okay I think I got all the air out I will go ahead and make that connection. Make it nice and snug and I will go ahead and hang up our other end. Now this is a quick disconnect fitting to make this connection, you will pull back the sleeve. Push it in and then push the sleeve forward and that is locked into position. Again this is electric so next we need to plug in the electric chord into the wall. Another point that I like to make is when you are using any electric power tool if you are going to use an extension chord you are going to make sure you use an extension chord that is heavy enough gage to supply the current needed for that particular power tool. This unit here is a four horse power electric motor so it does consume quiet a bit of current to our electricity. It has its own fifteen chord on it but if I needed something longer it would be probably a good idea to use a heavy gage. Perhaps a heavy ten gage extension chord to make sure the unit is getting the electricity that it needs. Otherwise you could potentially burn out the pump or the motor rather.