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My first power washing job -- my own driveway

Discussion in 'Power Washing' started by Hotty Toddy, Mar 2, 2020.

  1. Hotty Toddy

    Hotty Toddy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 330

    I bought a PW from Northern Tools -- 4000/4GPM. I also purchased the Powerhouse 16" surface cleaner.

    Here's what I did -- 2000SF of driveway, 80 feet of curb, 38 feet of sidewalk, and 216 SF concrete/brick front porch. Here are my issues/things learned. Feel free to comment.

    1. It took me 3:20 to do this. That was longer than I thought. I presume I will get more efficient.
    2. I tried different motions with the surface cleaner. I, for now, settled on going with a slower pass than repeating the pass.
    3. My upper body is more tired than I thought from handling the PW.
    4. My technique got worse toward the end from either getting tired and/or bored.
    5. When I finished with the surface cleaner, went back to rinse the whole thing off. The first part that I had done was starting to dry. So, I actually ended up PW is twice since a simple rinse wouldn't remove the silt. Should I rinse as I go? Break it up into sections?
    6. I might consider cutting in the edges with a nozzle prior to switching to the surface cleaner next time. ??
    7. It looks much better after cleaning, but I'm not completely satisfied. I think my rinse off was a little less aggressive than I should have been with it.

    Dos Equis, here I come.

  2. hal

    hal LawnSite Gold Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 3,305

    Yes rinse as you go, do a section rinse it, cutting in before is good. Just like mowing get a good pattern, pre soak with chems, house wash mix before you go at it, speeds things up. We do a cross pattern to eliminate lines. You can go fairly quick, there is a learning curve.
    Doc8406 and Hotty Toddy like this.

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