by Dean Dean

SURFACE CLEANER PRESSURE REGULATOR

SURFACE CLEANER PRESSURE REGULATOR

This SURFACE CLEANER PRESSURE REGULATOR video post features a new product.  Craig Harrison with Front 9 Restoration Products came up with this design a few years ago.  We have a kit with all the parts you need to install it on your surface cleaner.  This is fantastic thing to have because it allows you to adjust the pressure of your surface cleaner on the fly right where you’re cleaning.  This prevents you from having to change nozzles to accommodate different surfaces.  A more common example is cleaning a driveway or sidewalk vs cleaning a pool deck.

Ours is set with our nozzles for 2500 psi as the highest level.  With just the turn of one knob on the handle, we can lower the surface cleaner pressure.  It saves time, effort and energy on every single job.  I do realize that another way to accomplish this is by adjusting the unloader.  For me personally, I’m not a fan of adjusting the unloader.  The only time I touch my unloader is to change them out.

INSTALLING PARTS

The SURFACE CLEANER PRESSURE REGULATOR will arrive as a kit with parts.  So you will need to install it, but it’s relatively simple to do.  In fact, here is a separate video that covers just installation instructions.  It might be a good idea to watch the installation instructions first to get a good feel for your confidence level.  A hose goes down from the handle to the top of the surface cleaner deck.  You’ll need to drill a hole and attach a barb.  This is where unused water releases as you lower the pressure with the knob on the handle.  At approximately 3:00 into the video, you can see the stream of water releasing as we lower the pressure.

It will greatly assist you and prevent the potential for damaging concrete with too much pressure.  If you have any questions, just leave a comment here or in the YouTube video comments section.  You could also send an email to Info@DougRuckerStore.com or call/text 281-612-1223.

by Dean Dean

POWER WASH MONEY MAKER

POWER WASH MONEY MAKER

The latest build from Doug Rucker Store is what he calls the POWER WASH MONEY MAKER.  This is the basics of what’s needed to clean houses, driveways and pool decks.  It is for one of our repeat customers, Tommy Fisher, from right here in Houston.  And by the way, his business is doing great, mainly as a resort of 100% knocking on doors.  Believe it or not, he does not advertise any other way.  So this video post will walk you through his newest power wash money maker!

 

TRAILER SET UP

The POWER WASH MONEY MAKER trailer set up begins with our 8 GPM skid pressure washer.  This is a durable, long-lasting power washer that you can count on for countless hours of cleaning.  It’s connected to one of our best fuel tanks.  Of course, we always recommend and Tommy got the Flow Pro Remote Bypass System for downstreaming.  And at the 1:04 time stamp, you can check out the operating instructions I give, as I do for all my customers.  I always provide extensive equipment orientation to ensure maximum efficiency and production.

He has two Hannay manual hose reels.  One has 200 ft of fierce jet pressure hose with a ball valve setup.  The reel has the water fill hose which connects to the large water tank.  Inside the tank is the Topaz Compact Float Valve, which shuts the water flow off once full.  And he got the extremely handy banjo three way valve to fill a bucket or for other such needs.  You can wash your hands or rinse a tool or just use it to cool off a little bit.  Believe me, it is extremely handy!

SURFACE CLEANER

The surface cleaner for the Power Wash Money Maker is second to none.  It is the 24 inch U handle Steel Eagle surface cleaner with spun aluminum decks.  He has an 80 gallon water tank, and a 50 gallon bleach tank.  He said “It looks so great, I don’t want to get it dirty.”  Don’t miss the part when he pulls the trailer out of the shop and heads out into the wild to start making money!

 

by Dean Dean

TORNADO BAR

TORNADO BAR

I am now using the Hi-Low Solutions TORNADO BAR for surface cleaning.  This is because I always had a zebra stripe issue and was unable to resolve it.  In the video at the 4:30 time stamp, you’ll see pictures of what I mean.  My surface cleaner preference is the Whisper Wash 24 inch Lil Big Guy.  I also discuss testing some of the various other surface cleaner brands that are available.  We now stock and carry the TORNADO BAR at the Doug Rucker Store because the results were so remarkable.

FOUR NOZZLES

The TORNADO BAR has four nozzles with 3/8 piping.  This allows a larger volume amount of water to pass through.  And in this video, you’ll also see the tornado bar in action on the job with before and after photos.  Another advantage is that I am able to walk and clean faster when using it.  The Hi-Low Solutions Tornado Bar is custom made and fabricated right here in the USA.  In fact, they are in Palm Beach, Florida.  They can be used on any 1 swivel surface cleaner for 8gpm or more. Also, they can be used on any 2 swivel surface cleaner using 16gpm or more.  I highly recommend using these as well as adding a pressure regulator to your surface cleaner.  Check out this video if that is something you are considering.

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Just a reminder that we’re coming to ATLANTA for a three day training event so check out the details on that.  Also, there are monthly training opportunities that include hands on training and classroom instruction.

by Dean Dean

PRESSURE WASHER OIL

PRESSURE WASHER OIL

When it comes to PRESSURE WASHER OIL selection, HIGH PERFORMANCE LUBRICANTS is all I use.  Recently, I had my truck in for service and they changed the oil.  I did not intend for them to change my oil as you’ll see in this video.  So Edwin, with High Performance Lubricants, replaced the bad oil with THE BEST!  Edwin took a moment to explain why these oils are superior in the Doug Rucker Store showroom.  My first experience with these oils was with my personal vehicle, a Honda CRV.  I instantly noticed a huge difference and began using these superior quality oils in all my vehicles and power wash equipment.  You will not find a better quality pressure washer oil on the market!

DIFFERENTIAL LIFE

Differential Life is a gear oil and perfect pressure washer oil for machines with gear boxes.  There there is also a 5 W 30 which is for pressure washer engines.  At the 4:45 time stamp, Edwin explains what each letter and number represents, because this can be confusing.  He clears it up for us!  Then he explains that the pump oil is non-detergent and why this is important.  The penetrating lubricant is great for using to free up equipment that has rust or corrosion.  You can also use this to keep quick connects working smoothly and efficiently.  It helps prevent the ball mechanism inside from freezing up and locking in place.  WD40 tends to collect more dust and dirt.  but High Performance Penetrating Spray leaves less residual because it leaves the surface more dry than WD40.  If you are interested in their full line of industrial products, go to timestamp 7:40.

LESS FREQUENT CHANGES   

Using High Performance Lubricants Pressure Washer Oil and for vehicles results in less frequent oil changes.  As an example, they have a client with a fleet of over 100 Suburban SUV type vehicles.  They are getting 20,000 miles per oil change.  Oil changes are the way to ensure equipment and vehicle productivity and reliability.  Edwin calls this “cheap insurance!”  For local power wash service providers in the Houston area, we can help right here at Doug Rucker Store.  We can get your equipment and your vehicles switched over and provide continuing maintenance.  Just make sure we get you scheduled for this.  Don’t forget, we’re coming to ATLANTA in June 2024!

by Dean Dean

Should I use Dawn Soap for Pressure Washing?

Should I use Dawn Soap for Pressure Washing?

Recently, an email came in asking “Should I use Dawn Soap fro Pressure Washing?”  This is a great question, and I always try to answer questions through videos to help others asking the same question.  Many years ago when I first started in this business, I did use Dawn Soap.  The reason we would use it was it was a soap marker, which is what the folks I learned from taught me.  Back in those days, we added Dawn Soap to liquid chlorine.  I never really any problems or issues using Dawn Soap for pressure washing.  And I knew many guys that used Dawn Soap for pressure washing many years ago.  In fact, for many of them, adding Dawn Soap to bleach was the only cleaning solution they used.

BLEACH KILLER

I do remember noticing something for any bleach that sat for more than a day or two with Dawn in it.  The Dawn would kill the bleach.  The bleach became very watery, lost its smell as well as its ability to clean effectively.  But over the years, new surfactants came out and I have tried and tested almost all of them.  Today, the surfactant that I use predominantly is Dougie Fresh, which is available on my online store.  It does a great job with windows.  Our King’s Kling roof and house surfactant is a great way to mask the smell of bleach.  RAP is another great one that we carry.  I also understand that some guys like to use Gain laundry soap.  I tried this myself but really did not like the result at all.  If left things looking hazy overall and did not do well on windows.

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Don’t forget that we have monthly hands on training in Porter, Texas near Houston.  And in we’re bringing a three day training event to Atlanta, Georgia.  Click HERE for all the Atlanta training details.

by Dean Dean

INSTALLING FLOW PRO REMOTE

INSTALLING FLOW PRO REMOTE

This video post contains instructions for INSTALLING FLOW PRO REMOTE bypass system for pressure washing pros.  It saves alot of steps, time, and energy on every job and brings downstreaming into the 21st century!  It’s part of a series helping those who are wanting to save a little money by doing installations yourself.  We want to help simplify and clarify the process for installing flow pro remote bypass system.

TWO WIRES

There are two wires that comes out of the box containing the computer board.  Connect one wire to the battery and the other wire to the actuator.  It also includes mounting brackets so you can decide the best location to secure the computer board.  The Flow Pro Bypass Kit is also an item sold separately you will need to allow rinsing the injector.  I have another video on this.  A whip hose comes from the outlet of the pressure washer to the inlet side of the Flow Pro.  Then you will notice the bypass loop, as well as the whip hose going to the hose reel.  Make sure you have all the right size quick connect fittings when installing flow pro remote.  Your particular truck, trailer, or van set up will determine whether to you use a 90 degree.  Before ordering, think carefully about your set up to determine the amount of whip line hose you will need for both the pressure washer and the hose reel.

THREE WAY POLY VALVE

At the 6:40 time stamp, we show how to set up the three way poly valve which is inside a mounting box.  This plumbing option for soap or water allows you to rinse the injector after every job.  You can still use the rinse button on the remote while cleaning which will deliver water only.  The three way poly valve is only for rinsing the injector after the job by hitting the mix button.  You’ll see the soap empty out quickly.  Be sure and catch the 9:30 time stamp for installing flow pro remote plumbing instructions for the water tank.  There are also instructions for using uniseals on top of the tanks.  Don’t forget to take a look at our upcoming training events, including the one in Atlanta, Ga in June.

by Dean Dean

INSTALLING A FLOAT VALVE

INSTALLING A FLOAT VALVE

This video post from Doug Rucker Store is about INSTALLING A FLOAT VALVE.  Our Topaz Compact Float Valve goes right into your water tank.  It will automatically stop the water supply flowing into the tank once its full.  This is the only float valve we sell at The Doug Rucker Store.   We had continual issues with the Hudson float valve so a few years ago we switched to the Jobe float valve.  These allow more water in the tank and are far more dependable.  At the 1:15 time stamp, you can see precisely what it looks like inside the water tank.

WATER HOSE REEL

We start with the water hose reel to demonstrate installing a float valve at 2:00.  I go over all the connections in detail to assist those who desire to save money by installing it yourself.  It can be installed on either the top of the tank or on the side.  But we do recommend installing a float valve on top of the water tank whenever possible.  This facilitates the largest amount of water in the water tank.  Another great feature of the Jobe over the Hudson is they fill much faster.  The size of the hole saw to drill all depends on the size of the bulkhead you use.  We have two different bulkhead brands so you’ll determine the drill hole size according to the size of the bulkhead.  Installing a float valve could also be done in the lid as well.

FLOAT VALVE QUESTIONS

If you have any questions about installing a float valve, don’t hesitate to reach out.  You could email info@DougRuckerStore.com or just leave a comment here directly on this post.  Check out all of our upcoming training events here.  We are looking forward to power wash and parking lot stripe training in Atlanta, Georgia June 20-22.  Check out the details here.  We also provide training on demand through the online video school.

by Dean Dean

Pressure Washing Startup Rig

Pressure Washing Startup Rig

Have you ever wondered what a Pressure Washing Startup Rig might look like?  Perhaps you are considering starting your power wash business and aren’t sure where to start.  You have come to the right place!  In this video post, we highlight a “mini rig” for a customer that is new to the business.  There is a complete walk through of all the equipment which begins with a water fill hose plumbed to the water tank.  And 200 feet of fierce jet hose for pressure washing.  Both of these are on Hannay manual reels.  And of course, he is getting a Flow Pro Remote Bypass System for downstreaming.  This saves so much time and effort on every job that you do not want to start your business without it!

TANKS

This Pressure Washing Startup Rig comes with two tanks, one for water and one for bleach.  These are each 50 gallon slimline tanks that fit perfectly at the front of the truck skid which is where you want the most weight.  This custom rig comes with a surface cleaner holder on top and a pressure washer just beneath.  All of this is for Ted’s Ford pick up truck who also appears in this video at the 1:35 time stamp.  Ted and his sons attended my monthly hands on training event in Houston and are not fully trained and equipped.  This Pressure Washing Startup Rig is what I call a “nice little money making rig.” And this is the ideal set up to start your own pressure washing business.

CUSTOM BUILDS

Please keep in mind that all of our builds are completely custom made for your needs and to fit your budget.  This means we build not just truck skids, but also van and trailer builds whether open or enclosed.  Take a look at this particular Kingslinger Soft Wash Skid Set Up and see if it might work for you!  We hope this Pressure Washing Startup Rig video has been helpful for you.  If so, you should also check out my plumbing a pressure washer video post as well.

by Dean Dean

PLUMBING A PRESSURE WASHER

PLUMBING A PRESSURE WASHER

I’m launching a new series of videos on to help guys building their own rigs.  So this Plumbing a Pressure Washer video post is the first of the series.  We always begin with the water inlet to the pressure washer.  That’s usually the first thing we plumb.  The water inlet is how you’re feeding the pressure washer with water.  There are two ways to do this.  You can either plumb it direct aka force feeding, or gravity feed using a water tank.  Direct feed or force feeding means using a water hose connected directly to the water supply on a house or building.  There is something very important to remember when using a water supply from the property.  Make sure your gallons per minute water supply flow is producing more gallons per minute than your machine.  At the 2:00 time stamp, I show how you can calculate this by performing a bucket test.  Don’t overlook this important step in the plumbing a pressure washer process.

GRAVITY FEEDING

Plumbing a Pressure Washer can also be done by gravity feeding with a water tank aka buffer tank.  I recommend any belt drive or gear drive machine that is 5 gallons per minute or higher utilize a water tank for gravity feeding.  This way you can have the unloader bypass water back to the tank.  This allows you to be off the trigger for longer time increments than when force feeding from a water supply.  This prevents the water from heating up inside the pump.  When force feeing, make sure you’re not off the trigger for more than one minute.  I do mention the high temp valve at 4:45 into the plumbing a pressure washer video.  Be sure and watch the entire video for other specific pluming connection details.  And another great video you might want to watch is this video on hose reel fittings.

 

 

by Dean Dean

POWER WASH TRAINING COURSE

POWER WASH TRAINING COURSE

This Power Wash Training Course video features an event in Cocoa, Florida.  The event was held at King Street Baptist Church in Cocoa, Fl in February 2024.  One of the most troublesome areas we cleaned was along the back wall of the facility.  While the concrete was not dirty, you can see how heavily stained the white window sills were in the video.  They were covered with black and green algae.  We we’re able to train about ten participants on this back wall with the wand.  Basically, the bleach changes the color of the algae and our Dougie Fresh helps loosen the stains.  I also taught how to reach the top window sills without using a ladder with the 0060 shooter nozzle.

SETTING UP ON THE JOB

We talked about the important of looking at the overall job on site and developing a plan for set up.  Location of water supply, rig parking, and hose management are all key pieces of getting set up on the job successfully.  It’s important to think strategically about this in order to save time and physical energy.  We also discussed other issues at length such as property protection and downstreaming.  I was able to demonstrate and allow them to use the FlowPro downstream remote system as well.  Our BigSlinger Soft Wash System was also a major part of the training.

ROOF CLEANING

We broke for lunch and moved the truck to set up for roof cleaning in the afternoon.  Spray technique is the most important aspect of effective roof cleaning service.  I demonstrated how to avoid flooding the roof so that you are conserving water, bleach and surfactant while protecting the property.  And we showed how to use tyvac for property protection as well.  This three day training event also included the Difference Makers business growth conference.  In addition, Jeff Blackman provided hands on parking lot stripe training.  We are excited to bring this same three day event to Atlanta, Georgia June 20-22, 2024.  Let us know in the comment section if you might be interested in attending the Atlanta training event.