by Dean Dean

Pressure Wash Downstream

Pressure Wash Downstream

What is the difference between plug in/socket out versus plug out/socket in?  While I have several videos on Pressure Wash Down Stream basics, I did receive an email with questions about pressure washer configurations.  Some of the products on the store website provide a configuration option for you to choose from.  You can select either plug in/socket out or plug out/socket in.  This can be somewhat confusing, especially if you are new to the pressure washing service business.  So this Pressure Wash Downstream video will help clarify some things and answers questions you may have.

FLOW DIRECTION

This entire issue boils down to the direction that the water flows from your pressure washer machine.  On the water outlet from the machine, you will have either a socket fitting or a plug flitting.  Sometimes the socket is also called a coupler.  The way all of my machines are set up is “plug out.”  But most machines arrive from manufacturers with a “socket out” configuration.  We provide custom builds and this means you can choose your own personal preference for this option.  At the 2:50 time stamp, I provide an example of one of our store products on the website with this option.  At 4:30, you’ll see a very important but small arrow which indicates the flow direction of the water.  So understanding pressure wash downstream configuration really boils down to the direction the water flows.

PRESSURE WASH GUN

Then I also explain how this configuration option applies to a pressure washing gun.  At this point, I explain once again that his is all simply a matter of personal preference.  One of the main reasons I prefer the “plug out” option is I get as much better flow and spray pattern.  That is the case when I use a ball valve to downstream or rinse.  Another way to explain this is that whatever your water is coming “out” of, that is your outlet fitting.  Please don’t hesitate to put any questions you may have about this in the comments section.  And be sure and take advantage of all our training opportunities coming up in the near future.

by Dean Dean

POWER WASH VAN BUILD

POWER WASH VAN BUILD

This POWER WASH VAN BUILD video post highlights another Summer 2023 build from Doug Rucker Store.  All of our builds are completely custom and designed around the needs and desires of the power wash business owner.  We do trucks, trailers, vans, and skid builds for pressure wash pros.  This enclosed van build is for a student from New York.  And He attended the Doug Rucker School a little over a year ago.  This video is a complete walk through for him since the van was shipped to us.  So it is now being shipped back to him upon completion.

PRESSURE WASHER

This power wash van build starts off with an 8 GPM pressure washer with belt drive and electric start.  Notice the exhaust is pointing out on the pressure washer so that fumes will release directly out from the back door.  Next to it is our proprietary KINGSLINGER SOFT WASH SYSTEM.  This van is also equipped with a water inlet banjo fitting as you requested so that you have greater flexibility with it.  There is also an extra hose for the purpose of hooking up to a secondary or satellite tank.  All of the plumbing is mostly hidden to provide a clean and organized visual look for yourself and your crew, as well as your customers.

FLOW PRO REMOTE

The FLOW PRO REMOTE BYPASS SYSTEM for downstreaming with a reach of over 2000 feet.  This saves both time and effort on the job and allows quick transitions for cleaning mixes to rinse mode with the touch of a button.  There is also a three way poly valve and mounting box that allows additional flexibility with the Flow Pro remote system for rinsing the injector.  Be sure and check out the Kingslinger test at 8:00 of this power wash van build video.  This build also includes the Kingslinger drain kit.  Later in the video, you’ll also see the tanks, hose reels and guns through the side door of this enclosed van.  Be sure and leave a comment if you have any questions about this power wash van build video post.

 

by Dean Dean

BEST SOFT WASH GUN

BEST SOFT WASH GUN

This BEST SOFT WASH GUN video helps pressure wash business professionals.  We also cover trigger guns and provide a contrast for options available for purchase on my DougRuckerStore.com website.  These options include purchasing either DIY or RTU.  DIY means the parts arrive without assembly and you are responsible for assembly.  This saves a few dollars, but I always provide video assembly instructions on the website product page.  RTU means the product arrives ready to use and we assemble the parts before shipping.

SOFT WASH BALL VALVE GUN

This SOFT WASH BALL VALVE GUN is my favorite.  It is the BEST SOFT WASH GUN because it doesn’t restrict the flow as in the case of trigger guns.  You get just a little bit more distance and volume.  The are extremely durable and require very low maintenance.  Keep in mind though a couple of positive aspects of trigger guns.  The trigger guns stop spraying immediately upon release which is helpful when you drop the gun accidentally.  I recommend new guys to always start with a trigger gun.  In the video, I show several trigger guns also available on the my website.

ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS

At the 6:00 time stamp of this BEST SOFT WASH GUN video, I provide detail assembly instructions for all of these guns.  This will help those of you who purchase these guns DIY, or do it yourself.  The ball valve gun and the trigger guns basically have the same components so the assembly instructions are very similar.  You will appreciate the difference I explain here regarding when to use teflon tape or Tru-Blu.  There are many other details I cover so you will want to watch the full video.  I also provide insight for using your Jrod nozzles with these various guns.  Purchasing DIY saves you money, and also helps you build your own skill set with tools, glues and so forth.  It also helps to build assembly skills to prepare you for repairing parts and supplies that fail on the job.  Another post you might enjoy is this video post on the subject of DOWNSTREAMING EQUIPMENT.

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Power Wash Business QnA

Power Wash Business QnA

This is the SECOND Power Wash Business QnA.  We are always grateful for our Pressure Washing School students as well as our loyal YouTube channel viewers.  As they submit their questions, we know many others in the power wash business are asking the same questions.  So keep those questions coming!  We hope this Power Wash Business QnA post and video helps everyone in the business, but especially those who are just starting out.

HOT WATER POWER WASH QnA

The first question relates to the importance and priority of having a hot water pressure washer to remove oil and grease stains from parking areas.  My answer to him is that for residential oil and grease driveway stains, I rarely use heat.  Instead, we use our Dougout Degreaser which does wonders when using just cold water.  But in this video at the 2:24 time stamp, I also lay out the importance of setting customer expectations.  I explain to the customer that there will still be a “shadow stain” left over, and this will be the case regardless of whether or not you are using hot water.  Setting customer expectations is critical for every job, not just for grease and oil stains.  A main mantra of mine when it comes to customer relations is “UNDER PROMISE and OVER DELIVER!”  In addition, it’s important to remember that stain removal is a separate upsell service from general cleaning.  But this is a great POWER WASH Business QnA subject and I appreciate our student who is asking this important question.  At the end of this question, I provide the precise language we use in our estimates which clearly set customer expectations.

ROOF CLEANING QnA

The second question is this POWER WASH BUSINES QnA video covers roof cleaning services.  A YouTube channel viewer states his machine specifications.  Then he wants to know if he could could downstream with an x jet using a certain gun.  This will most likely not be effective as you need a higher mix than what this combination will deliver.  You’ll need a 30%-50% mix and an x jet can get close to that.  But if the roof is more than lightly stained, you will need a stronger mix.  Here is another great post you might that might interest you on Five Roof Cleaning Tips.