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Old 05-26-2008, 08:58 AM
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Washing House myself vs Paying Someone?

Help me out guys ive had people pressure wash my house twice a year at $160 each visit. I dont own a pressure washer but what would I need to start my own just to do my house and my grandmothers home ect? What size pressure ect, and what about chemicals ect to have the right mixture?

House is 2300sq ft total lower floor is 1700. most of the house can be cleaned with just water house and brush however white gutters have black on them now and certain parts of the house cant be reached with water hose.


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Old 05-26-2008, 02:12 PM
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Better pay a good professional.
You will need to spend about $1200 in equipment if you want to do it right.
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Old 05-27-2008, 02:06 AM
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so 5 or so years from now, he would have paid for the pressure washer, not to mention other jobs he could have done on the side
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Old 05-27-2008, 02:26 AM
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He would need the proper knowledge and techniques as well...
Then he would become a professional, then why would he even ask about this?
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Old 05-27-2008, 11:55 AM
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Here we go again.. :-(

Another "mowing and powerwashing is rocket science, high class professional work" hi-jack. The guy would just like to save some money over the years and clean his own house....give him some help.
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Old 05-27-2008, 01:48 PM
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I rented one from Nations Rent (Lowes store) I got 2500 PSI (I think) and it worked fine for me. I used some of the outdoor bleach and sprayed it using my garden sprayer. Let it sit and then hit it with the pressure washer. They had a bigger one- I think it was 3500 or 3000 but I thought it was overkill for vinyl.

I have a 1 story 1300 sq. ft house with 3 sides vinyl, brick front. I did all the vinyl- brick didn't need it. I also did both cars, roll-out trash can, WB mower, and my 18x20 shed in 4 hours. I returned it within 5 minutes of my 4 hr rental being due. I was hustling.

Total cost ~50 bucks.

It's not rocket science. Did I have ladders to get my to the very tip of my gable ends, no. So I did the best I could. Does it look 100% better than before? YES.

Just be careful not to blast water into your attic, under shingles, into window screens, etc.
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Old 05-27-2008, 08:04 PM
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I wouldnt say its rocket science but its alot more detailed then you think. If so those gable ends would be clean. Nothn personal power washing is what i started my company with and it was hard times at first till i learned the methods that worked for me. Good homeowner mix outdoor bleach,simple green krud cutter and some zip wax car wash.
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Old 05-27-2008, 08:05 PM
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No more than 100 psi should be used on Vinyl Siding. All I got to say on this one is this.... That size home should be costiing $350+ to be cleaned by a PROFESSIONAL, Insured contractor. While saving a few $$$ by doing it himself is great, Getting water behind the siding and causing unhealthy mold problems would offset any savings. Mold remediation isn't cheap and health related problems could get expensive.
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Old 05-27-2008, 08:52 PM
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Im in trouble them the guy is charging $140 to do it Friday?
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Old 05-27-2008, 09:24 PM
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Yikes

I didnt read the bottom of your thread about the size of your home. I dont see you getting quality work for that price. Something tells me he will show up with a power washer in the back of a pickup with a 8' step ladder.
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